Below is a letter that I wrote to Faith Presbyterian Church (The author and creator of the Hot Dog Stand) thanking them for their service and partnership with InterVarsity on campus.
It is 9:30pm on a Friday night and Cara Ann calls us in for a quick prayer and a reflection on scripture. As we are sitting there at the table, 6 old guys and gals and a few young bucks, I realize this is a special time that we are embarking on. Where else is such a diverse group of people gathering at 9:30pm to pass out hot dogs to a crazy party school until 2am? Why on earth are we doing this, and what on earth is compelling us?
That is actually a pretty easy question to answer. We are doing this because we see the need. Sure, from about 10-11:30pm it is a little slow, people are still waking up. But by midnight the joint is roaring. This last hot dog stand we did on move-in weekend, there wasn’t a moment we didn’t have 50 people at the tent eating, talking, laughing and wondering. Why are you giving us free food and what is driving you? The members of Faith, the usual suspects (Peter, Arlene, Al, Bob, Tom, Cara Ann, Kevin), are realizing that for many of these students this is the only touch of church they are going to get. This is the only touch of God they may feel for a long time. Right there on the corner of Campanile and Montezuma. It is extremely important that we are out there. Jesus would be there, and quite frankly, He is.
I have said this before, and I will say it again right here: There is no better place to meet an un-churched fraternity guy than Friday night at the Hot Dog Stand. It is the best thing I do for outreach. This year we have all of our Greek Student Leaders committed to coming and owning this stand with us. Let’s pray they do it! From the bottom of our hearts, we say thank you Faith Presbyterian for your drive to make this happen and your commitment to the Mission of God and extending it to SDSU. Because of this Hot Dog Stand, I have developed quite the relationship with SAE and now they have invited me into their house for a discussion on “faith and spirituality”. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that without the hot dog stand, this wouldn’t be happening.
We also know that without your help at our first on campus event of the year we could not have seen the results that we did. You came through huge by serving us and grilling up the burgers that night. Just so you know that night we had over 250 students attend and 18 stood up to receive the Holy Spirit and allow Him to fill their lives as they enter the new school year. One of those students was an atheist when he walked in the door. Thank you for your partnership; we could not be doing what we are doing on campus without you!