Divine appointments. Have you ever heard of these? Basically you pray and ask God to set up meetings with people that He has in mind for you to meet that day. I've prayed this often and people somehow end up crossing my path. When I was considering if Washtenaw Community College is where I should serve I was continually in prayer as so were the staff with InterVarsity. I knew one student there and potentially a couple others who weren't necessary mission minded. So I asked for divine appointments. "Lord, I submit this day to you and ask that you grant me divine appointments of your choosing. Amen." So I knew one student at WCC. I knew other students at other colleges around and I put prayer requests out to them. One student responded "I know a guy who goes there." So I received his contact info and set up a meeting. I met with him and the other student that I knew at the food court one day. While we were talking another young man passed by and said hello to his friend that I was talking with. He sat down with us and I explained what we were talking about. I then asked him, "So what have you seen God working on campus?" His eyes lit up, a deep blue and he told me he was called to minister to this campus at WCC. He was so excited that God was bringing something together. Often he had prayed silent prayers asking God to reach this campus with the good news of Jesus Christ. Other students have similar stories and now they are coming together as one body. There is so much more power in working in community. God has designed us for relationships.
Another divine appointment. I read an article in the student paper, The Washtenaw Voice, about a girl who went on a mission trip and used her gifts of music to reach out to and serve an inner city community. I contacted the writer of the article and met with him. He was about to graduate and head to another university. I didn't hear from him after our meeting until I saw him at the Student Leadership retreat. He now has taken a position as the lead editor with the Washtenaw Voice. He also will be joining our InterVarsity group on campus and... writing an article about us in the newspaper. What a blessing! There are other stories like this and I pray many more in the future.
God is faithful to hear our prayers! Look for the unexpected divine appointments today.
I met Sadeepa at the Washtenaw Community College student leadership retreat just a week ago. She asked the speaker a question in a slow straining voice. The speaker couldn't understand her question and suggested that she speak to her one on one in person at a break. At that point I raised my hand and said, "excuse me." "Yes" the speaker responded. "I believe she is asking what support and assistance do you have for international students." I looked toward Sadeepa to confer. She smiled brightly with her eyes as well as her mouth. She nodded her head, yes. The speaker continued her presentation and answered the question. I followed up with a question, "Well, what are the needs of international students?" The Student Development and Activities staff chimed right in explaining the struggles that international students face, like Sadeepa. Sadeepa has a disease called "Wilsons Disease". You can read more at her website listed above. It is amazing the hardships her family has faced and yet they endure with a joyful attitude. It's students like Sadeepa that I hope and pray the students involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship will serve and care for, as Christ showed us by example.
The theme that the Student Development and Activities chose for this year is "Students Helping Students." Wow, isn't that what Jesus called us to do?! Serve one another. Love one another. The greatest among you will be the servant of all.
Please join me in praying for this type of movement of God's love and mercy at Washtenaw and beyond.
Thank you for allowing me to serve people in this manner. All glory to Jesus!
Ministry Partners, friends and family,
It is difficult to believe that the school year is upon us in just two weeks. All of the effort and perseverance in the last year has led to what will happen in the next couple weeks and into the school year. Two faculty members, about 8 students and me will be bringing the good news of Jesus to the campus of around 15,000 students and faculty. A couple of the students who attended Washtenaw Community College last year said they dreamed and prayed that God would help them to reach this campus. God has now brought us together for “such a time as this.” Christian students who once walked the campus alone saying silent prayers are now coming together on campus to be the body of Christ and show God’s grace, truth and love in Jesus Christ. It has been through our mutual prayers, financial support and encouragements that we now move on to our next step onto the campus. Thank you and please continue to pray!
For several months I wrestled with developing the vision for our ministry on campus. I asked, What is God’s heart for Washtenaw Community College (WCC)? I prayed, searched the scriptures, observed the campus and enlisted your prayers and the thoughts of students and faculty. This is the vision that we collaboratively developed thanks to the Lord!
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship – Washtenaw Community College
Is a Community of Students and Faculty who are:
Developing Ordinary People
For an Extraordinary Purpose;
Joyfully Advancing the Good News of Jesus Christ!
Now it is my goal to communicate, teach and live out this vision before the students, faculty and other staff members on campus. The vision is not just my own thoughts but it has been developed through the word of God and we know that the Word of God never returns void, but it accomplishes what God has purposed; that in hearing they may believe that Jesus is our Savior and Lord. (Isa.55:11; Eph.1:13-14).
Update & Please continue to pray for:
Official Student Organization forms… turned in.
We are waiting for the approval from the Student Development and Activities Director to become an official student organization.
Strategy: I will be taking a class on African American History & PEA-115 (fitness center) to connect with more ethnically diverse students on campus. We will also be meeting with the International Student Center on campus and asking how we may serve the students, many of whom are refugees from various countries.
Student Leadership Retreat with WCC:
Mitchell Pardo and I will be joining the WCC student clubs on a leadership retreat this Thursday. We will be meeting with many of the staff and student leaders from other student clubs. This is a great opportunity. Please pray for God’s favor for us and that we will have a “servant leaders” heart.
NSO – New Student Outreach: September 15
This is our first opportunity to show ourselves on campus. It is our introduction to the students and faculty on campus. At this point most do not know that our student organization will be on campus yet. We will have a table where students can meet with us and get information regarding InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at WCC. We will be starting conversations about where people are at in their spiritual life, do they know Jesus etc… Please pray for boldness, love, grace and truth as we seek to gently converse about our Jesus. There are so many misconceptions and hurts when it comes to the gospel. I pray that we will be a light in the darkness and that “the Lord added to our number daily those who are being saved.” (Acts 2:47 – italics my changes). Feel free to come check out the “Welcome Day” at WCC.
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