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10-01-2011


Illusionist Jim Munroe Visits UC

 


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Thursday, September 22, Christian Illusionist Jim Munroe, aka “The MAZE,” was on University of the Cumberlands (UC) campus performing in front of a packed Gatliff Chapel for students, faculty/staff, and the community.

The event hosted by UC’s Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) and sponsored by the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) through the Youth Evangelism Department was a success as over 450 people attended.

"The illusions were awesome, but his message was even better,” said UC student Sara Donahue. “It was a great way for him to get everybody's attention, believers and non-believers.”

The MAZE is designed to challenge and interpret one’s beliefs. There was a blend of mystery, mind reading, comedy, audience participation, and other intriguing moments that helped people to understand what the real truth is.

Throughout and after the performance, Munroe was able to inspire and help 68 individuals decide to become first time followers of Christ.

“The MAZE is not just your typical “magic” show for entertainment but it also sends a unique message to the students and community to reach out to all of them in hopes of impacting their life somehow,” explained Munroe.

Two years ago Munroe was diagnosed with leukemia. Just when life seemed to be taken away from him, a miracle from God happened when he received a bone marrow transplant with a perfect match. They replaced his blood with that of the donors.

"He was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago and felt like his life was pretty much over,” said UC student Kendel Vickers. “When he explained his story, he made the parallel between his situation and how we can have new life through the perfect blood of Christ.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article Provided by Katie Betourne, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant