the garb of the campus tribes

I posted something very similar about a year ago, but this topic came up at a recent conference. Plus, it helps explain a new photo album you might enjoy (linked at the bottom).

why I wear college T-shirts

If you’ve met me in person, there’s about a 98% chance I was wearing a college T-shirt (or hoodie if it was cold).

Why? It’s not just that I’m a fan of these colleges (though I am) or that I’m dying to be comfortable (which isn’t a requirement, but it’s a nice bonus).

This is missionary garb.

Instead, I could wear a kimono, an elaborate headdress, some wooden shoes. But I’m not trying to represent missionaries to the Japanese, an African village, or the Dutch (though I’m a big fan of those foreign missions efforts!).

I personally have the phenomenal calling to serve collegiate missionaries. Our tribes are Gators and Huskies and Wildcats (just to name some shirts in my field of vision right now). So I wear the garb of those tribes, reminding myself and perhaps others of the uniquenesses and glories of these tribes I’ve visited.

(I have a few shirts people have picked up for me at schools I haven’t gotten to visit, and I happily represent those tribes, too!)

Someday at Vacation Bible Schools, youth camps, career days, and church services these missionaries will spin tales of the greatness of serving among the campus tribes. We’ll wear our T-shirts, and we’ll tell our stories, and we’ll help raise up young people to one day reach the campus tribes, and we’ll help turn the affections of adults to the generation coming right behind them. Someday.

But now, I can wear a lot of T-shirts.

Of course, I recognize it’s not always appropriate to wear a T-shirt. So I have a few collegiate polos, too.

see the garb

As you may have seen on Twitter, I’ve been celebrating a Campus Tribe of the Day each and every day this year. I finally got those pictures into an album, so you can check out those shirts right here.


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