Thousands of College Students Flock to Campus Crusade for Christ-hosted Screenings of The Passion of the Christ

Campus Crusade for Christ
Friday, 20 February 2004

College students are expected to be among the crowds lined up outside of theaters across the country for the new Mel Gibson film, The Passion of the Christ. But thanks to the international organization Campus Crusade for Christ, college students won't have to worry about the film being sold out—many students will join friends to watch the movie at one of the ministry-sponsored viewings.

"The Passion of the Christ will be a watershed event in the lives of many young people," said Mark Gauthier, national director for the U.S. Campus Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. "Students in this generation are looking for authentic relationships and we believe this film can help them realize just how real the person of Jesus Christ can be in their lives."

Campus Crusade for Christ is hosting showings of the movie for students at various locations around the country, including 30 pre-event focus groups and an exclusive showing at the UNC-Chapel Hill chapter of Campus Crusade, and two reserved showings seating 1,000 in St. Louis.

"All too often, students reject a caricature of Jesus created by sources other than the Bible," said Dan Allan, metro director for Campus Crusade for Christ in St. Louis. "We want students to consider the life of Jesus so they will honestly consider the claims of Jesus—that He was God and that by following Him any person can have forgiveness and eternal life."

The Mel Gibson directed film opens Wednesday, Feb. 25, at more than 2,800 theaters nationwide.

Campus Crusade for Christ was founded in 1951 at UCLA. The organization now has 26,000 full time staff members and 225,000 trained volunteers worldwide, serving on campuses and in community-based ministries sharing their faith in Christ. The college ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ is active on more than 1,000 campuses in the U.S. and around the world with more than 40,000 students involved in the ministry.

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