Skip to main content

Preparing For The Return (Of College Students)

It's hard to believe, but in two weeks 40,000 students will begin classes at UT Arlington for the Fall 2019 school semester. That is 40,000 college students that need to know the good news of Jesus, or even if they know it, need to be reminded of God's word, and daily invitation to live their lives entirely for Him who is worthy. I can hardly wait to meet so many new faces, invite people to capture the flag, ultimate frisbee, and into a life transforming Christ centered community possibly for the first time in their adult life. I believe God has been reminding me this last month, how it is Him that will do the work to bring those students in, but that he wants to use me, a branch, deeply connected to the vine. He has been reminding me to prepare for this season of the college students return by praying more often, and tuning into his voice, so that when the opportunity arises to share Christ with one of those young men and women, I won't miss it. That's why I was so grateful for the weekend retreat I got to take with the rest of the UTA staff this last weekend.
 While we had a lot of fun, as one does when they work with a group of people that somehow relate well to college students, one of the sweetest things about the retreat to me was getting to read a devotional book called In The Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen. This book reminded me of the call to intimacy that the Lord hopes for from all of his children but that is certainly expected from those who will lead others. This quote in particular caught my attention.

"It is not enough for the priests and ministers of the future to be moral people, well trained, eager to help their fellow humans, and able to respond creatively to the burning issues of their time. All of that is very valuable and important, but it is not the heart of Christian leadership. The central question is, Are the leaders of the future truly men and women of God, people with an ardent desire to dwell in God's presence, to listen to God's voice, to look at God's beauty, to touch God's incarnate word, and to taste fully God's infinite goodness?"

We spent a lot of time that weekend just in prayer, listening to God, asking him to prepare our hearts to be like His so that we might really be ready for when the college students come flooding in to truly do His work. I'll leave this post with just a few pictures of the students already in the ministry, please pray for them, but also pray for those students that these students will be reaching out to, pray for the students that we've yet to meet, but that in just two weeks will enter into deep spiritual friendships with people dedicated to sharing Jesus with them and helping them to live as disciples of Him for the rest of their lives. And as always don't forget to check out the student testimony below! Thank you for taking the time to read this, and thank you for your generous support of college missions.
 In Christ, 
Austin.






Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Mustard Seeds

Hello Friends, I pray that this blog post finds you well today. I'm so thankful for your prayers and for you support of college ministry. As I write this I'm reminded of how Jesus describes the Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew 13:31-32. "He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” That is largely how I see God working here at UT Arlington, sometimes the action we take in bringing Jesus to our peers can seem small, but in time God uses the seeds we plant to bring about his kingdom in powerful ways. I'm so grateful for that. I hope that the stories below encourage your spirit and affirm for you again today how God is truly at work. 



A few exciting things below. The first one is a formal invitation to our Open House event this Saturday t…

A generation, rising up to take their place

Hello friends and ministry partners! I pray that this blog update finds you well today. Please let me know if there is any way that I can be praying for you. I'm so grateful for all of the prayers that you have prayed on the behalf of myself and the ministry here at UT Arlington. I wanted to share a few really exciting things from this month, as well as one that I forgot to mention last month, in hopes that you will be encouraged when you see how God is moving on college campuses in DFW.
Winter Camp is one of the most exciting times of the year, right before the winter semester starts every year over 600 college students from different FOCUS campuses get together to worship God, listen to sermons and lessons from qualified speakers, this year our speaker was Dr. John Stackhouse. His content really was so valuable and it was such a blessing for our students to be able to learn from him all weekend. If you want a sense of what was talked about and what our students got to take away,…

Visitors From Another Land

Hey friends, I am really excited about what God has been doing on our campus in this last month. I can hardly wait to share with you some of the stories! 
This last month we had a group of students from Western Washington University who are a part of a college ministry called CCF (Campus Christian Fellowship) come and visit us at UTA. The trip took place during their spring break and their purpose in coming to UT Arlington was as a mission trip, to share Jesus with college students in Texas. 


We partnered with them all week to join them in their outreach and evangelism. Every day from 8AM-6PM these college students were on our campus, meeting people, and having conversations about Jesus. Not only did God show them the immediate fruit of their faithfulness through a lot of really neat conversations where people realized their need for God, but also the Washington students time here with us had a lasting impact on our college students. God has used their faithfulness to spur on in our …