The school year approaches....
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Equipping A Team

Over 32,000 students live in Southern Maine. Regardless of how passionate I am about reaching them, I can't do it alone. For this reason, I have been working to gather a team of volunteers, paid staff, and pray-ers around me to further the mission of InterVarsity in Southern Maine: to help students move from cynic, to seeker, to follower, to leader. This team (pictured below) gathered together to celebrate our year, in which we saw conversions happen on 5 of the 7 campuses we minister to!

The group pictured above is a vibrant and passionate assembly of Jesus-Followers who are devoting significant hours to the vision of seeing campuses renewed. We covet your prayers as we lean further into our God-given calling, and I covet your prayers as I continue to lead them.
Growing Our Witness
Each person in the above picture is connected to a diverse community of students to which they are ministering with the Gospel of Jesus, all over the state of Maine. Below is a sample of the students I have been working with at UNE in Biddeford this year.
It encourages my heart (and I hope it does yours!) to see these students gathered on this campus. As many of you have probably never been there, it's difficult to imagine the context: a small, medical-science university that is positioned on the coast of Maine, about 5 miles away from the local town. It is a wonderful place, idyllic in many ways, but also devoid of community and any sense of spirituality. I'm thrilled to say that the group above is growing in witness and compassion for the campus, and one of the women in the photo actually just became a Christian through our ministry this semester!
 
As I finish my first year as Area Director, I am praying to see more and more lives transformed in Southern Maine. To that end, I am also looking to raise about 10% of my budget for the upcoming fiscal year (about $8000 total). If you feel so led, please click here to donate to this ministry.

Much love,
Joel

But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. (John 21.25)

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