When this year was about to start many campus ministers wondered, how will God work? What students will be on campus for us to meet? How do we do ministry in a pandemic? And with every question there was a component of fear or doubt. I confess that I had these same thoughts, and maybe as a ministry partner passionate about college students you did as well. Well I have good news. God has been so faithful this year. Many more students than we would have ever expected joined our community for the first time and found a place to come and learn more about Jesus as they experience his love through meaningful friendships. And I can honestly say, because of God's goodness, in spite of all of the challenges we faced, this may have been my favorite year of ministry yet. I'd love to tell you why.
God was so faithful to bring up leaders. This is about half of our mens leader team. From left to right you have myself, Taylor, Caleb, Matt, Ulisses, Chewy (not a leader, but a very good boy all the same), Nathan, Bralon, and Tevon. Each one of these guys could have made the decision, with all of their classes being online, to call it in this year. But instead, each one of them responded to God's call on their lives to make disciples and love their neighbors. These few guys along with 25 other student leaders decided to lead a core this year, a weekly bible study where students can come and share life with their peers. They also each personally invited other students to study the bible one on one in a personal and intentional discipling relationship. As campus pastor, I reach out to students, I preach sermons, and I do one on one bible studies as well. But the main thing I do and one of the reasons why I am so grateful for your partnership is that I get to mentor these young christian leaders. Each one of them has decided to love God and serve him by reaching the campus that they are on. I am blown away by their impact, because for all that God may use me to do, He is able to reach so many more lives because of these young students faithfulness to and fervor for Jesus Christ. I got to visit each one of their cores this year and I am continually blown away by what I see God doing on the college campus. Men are growing to look like Christ in every area and the world will be better for it. For perspective, 7 of our graduating seniors are considering entering pastoral work for their lives, and the rest I know are going to be lights for Jesus in whatever field they go into. Thank you for your investment in these young leaders.