Seven campus Christian clubs divided by ethnicity, language differences

Lance Petit, Staff Writer

De Anza hosts seven different yet like-minded Christian clubs on its campus, all of which service different aspects within Christianity.

While many different ethnic groups and church denominations are within the Christian religion, the descriptions the clubs post sound mostly the same.

Furthering students spiritually through bible study is just one of the recurring themes in each.

“I don’t think this is necessarily a bad thing,” said Mindy Schrag, president of InterVarsity. “I think there are multiple Christian clubs on campus because people have different Christian traditions. Some of the groups focus on a particular ethnic group or church denomination”

Another reason for the amount of Christian clubs at De Anza College is due to the diverse student body from all over the world.

“De Anza has over 20,000 students, I believe more than one group is necessary to meet the spiritual needs of such a large student population,” Schrag said.

Students often create social groups among others who speak the same language and have similar cultural and spiritual practices.

“All [clubs] are different, serving many different purposes but with the same goal in mind,” said Billie Lo from the Fellowship Overseas students of De Anza. “Some clubs teach and converse the bible in Mandarin, Cantonese and Korean.”

In addition to fellowship, the Fellowship Overseas club provides members educational guidance, rides to doctors and a place where students can study Christianity.

The Walking Along Gods Vision Everyday club WAVE focuses only on Korean students, providing a place to love god among students who speak the same language and share the same ideals.

WAVE holds bible studies every Tuesday night and volunteer at St. Thomas Covenant Hospital and the Sunnyvale senior Health Center on Sundays.

“Although there are many different [Christian] clubs, we all have the same goal.” said Jin Hwan who helps run WAVE. “I think it’s a good thing to have separate clubs but I would definitely like to do meet-ups a couple times a year with other Christian clubs.”

With the abundance of Christian focused clubs on campus, all seem to welcome students interested in the Christian faith and even current followers. Contacting members will provide helpful and friendly information, making the choice of picking the right Christian club easier.