We’ve latched onto this vision for our the campus ministry in Portland. This is “borrowed” from our counterparts that serve in Boston in the campus ministry….
Have you ever been to a Red Sox Game at Fenway Park? Watching the Red Sox is pretty much the state religion in Boston. There are billboards that say “Keep the Faith” and “Believe.” Thousands of fans make pilgrimage to Fenway Park. Millions more attend their own small group gatherings to participate in Red Sox Nation. And when you go to a game, what an experience: the smells, the sounds, the cramped seats. It always makes for a fun summer evening.
One thing we’ve started looking at when we go to Red Sox games is the food vendors. You know, the guys selling Fenway Franks and Bud Light and Cracker Jacks. At Fenway, they all wear bright yellow shirts. That works really well because they stand out against all the Red, Blue, and White that everyone else wears.
So as you look at the opposite grandstand, you see these Yellow Shirts perfectly spaced out around the stands. Everyone in the stadium is within a hand’s toss of a cold beverage or some kettle corn.
And when we think about our mission in Portland – to help students know Christ, grow in their faith and be sent into the world for a lifetime of kingdom impact; and our vision of the day when every student on every campus hears the good news of Jesus Christ, we think what it’ll take to get there is a bunch of Yellow Shirts.
These Yellow Shirts are students whose lives are so radically transformed by the gospel that they can’t help but tell their friends and take others to do the same. We’re working toward the day when in every pocket of every campus there’s a Yellow Shirt, a Christian student connecting with others, joining them on their spiritual journey, and pointing them toward Christ. So on the soccer team, in the ceramics studio, among the Asian American club, the math team and on every dorm floor, there would be a Yellow Shirt.
If that was happening – if there were hundreds and hundreds of Yellow Shirts reaching out to the people around them, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with them, and taking other students to do the same, the city of Portland would be transformed.