Getting "Rooted" @ UNE
It is beautiful, thrilling, nerve-racking, and nearly-overwhelming to watch students transform into agents of ministry on their campuses. Seeing this transformation is why I am involved in campus ministry, and it is a tremendous privilege to get a "front row seat" in the lives of such students. Part of my intention for these regular newsletters is to give you each a glimpse into what I am seeing each month.
On Sunday, November 8th, I was honored to be part of the fruit of such student-ministry-ownership at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. Student leaders there have caught a vision for launching a weekly chapel/worship service right in the middle of the campus, and with God's grace, the service (named "Roots") has successfully taken off.
This type of regular worship and prayer has not happened on this campus for many decades (at least since the school formally left it's Catholic heritage), and it's wonderful to see students gathering for such a purpose.
God is doing something new.
Campus Highlight: Colby College
In my role as Southern Maine Area Director, I have the task/challenge/opportunity of working with some quite different campuses with diverse cultures and spiritual climates. One such school, Colby College, has experienced God's renewal in ministry and vision.
In 2013, as a result of strong disagreement regarding how student leaders are selected, the college functionally removed InterVarsity from the campus. As Colby is an elite, private school, it seemed unlikely we would be welcomed back in the near future. However, because of the faithfulness of a few staff and students who really believed in owning the ministry, crucial conversations were had with administrators, and trust was re-established.
Just last week, I sat down for lunch with a group of 8 very passionate student leaders, who are running 3 separate Bible Studies, as well as morning prayer meetings and worship services, and they are reaching over 20 other students at Colby, with an excited vision to continue growing and influencing the campus.
God is faithful, even in the midst of discouragement, and I have never been more convinced of this than when I left Colby College last week.
Finally, as I continue to spend time on campuses, 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.