Partners & Friends,
I am asking for prayer as we continue our mission to “seek and save the lost” here at Washtenaw Community College. The last couple weeks have been very busy and have made me weary to some extent. I’ve had various training events that have been beneficial helping me learn how to teach and preach scripture, yet have distracted me some from being on campus. Whereas some student still take initiative and share their faith while I am gone, others are still in need of guidance and leadership, encouraging them to take steps of faith. My mind is being pulled in all kinds of directions: evangelism and outreach, discipleship and training, preparing bible studies, setting up outreach opportunities, meeting with students individually and in groups, prayer and oh yes… my own personal time with the Lord. Those in ministry know that balance and boundaries are always a challenge. But I must admit I feel off balance and I need additional prayer for me, my wife, the students and faculty.
Another update will be coming in the next couple weeks. ThereThank you again for your continued support!
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship - WCC
P.S.> Over the next few months I will be seeking new ministry partners to help with the financial support with this ministry. Please take time to consider financially supporting me and WCC students.
http://www.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Todd_Jerdon for one-time payment card gifts
or http://www.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Todd_Jerdon/eft for recurring monthly gifts.
I also would love to set up meetings and presentations with your churches and others who may be interested in supporting our ministry. Please contact me at 248-756-1654 or Jerdon_t@hotmail.com.
INTERVARSITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
WASHTENAW COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Friends and Partners in ministry,
These last four weeks of ministry have been absolutely amazing! I am in awe of how God daily works and includes us ordinary people in such heavenly and supreme service as that which we serve. I feel affirmation more and more every day that I am exactly where God desires me to serve. I also know and trust that the students that are now gathering together, are serving and will serve the Lord in great and mighty ways not only at WCC but also at other colleges and universities and in the world. What a privilege it is to partner with you for such a calling as the proclamation of our precious gospel of Jesus Christ.
Welcome Day – was different than I expected. This is the all campus event where student organizations, community groups and colleges have booths to promote their club. We planned to pass out freezy pops but somehow they did not freeze in time. I was disappointed. I also was stuck in a traffic jam and was 30 minutes late for set up. Frustrating! A student called me and was almost in a very bad car accident. I called for some prayer back up while in traffic. As I sat in my car basking in my disappointment I remembered something that was said in church on Sunday. “Simply Jesus.” We didn’t need to have a bait to lure people to our Jesus. We just needed Jesus. Through this event we have gained nearly 50 contacts plus another 30 some after the event. Please pray for us as we continue to build relationships with all of these people.
On Campus – Christian Community is growing daily. Acts 2:42-47 is what is actively taking form on our campus. Several days during the week we meet in the food court as a common practice. The first believers met together daily in the temple courts. The daily meeting in the food court offers Christian Fellowship around the word, building relationships, praying for each other as we have need, discussions of the word and sharing the gospel with those outside of Christ.
One day as a few of us were meeting in the food court I saw a man that I had been playing basketball with from the fitness center. He was going to sit alone but I invited him to our table and he accepted. We made some small talk about the weekend plans and found some common interests. The conversation moved to the question of what are we doing with InterVarsity on campus? We shared the vision of building Christian community and sharing the good news (gospel). He nodded. I then asked him, do you know what the gospel is? He said no. I asked, would you mind if I shared it with you? He said, “sure, go ahead.” He kept eating and listened. After I finished sharing I asked, “Do you have any questions?” He said, “no.” I asked, “Is this what you believe?” He said, “ya, I believe that without Christ you go to hell. I believe that.”
Since that meeting, we’ve talked with Dan 3 or 4 other times. He has been joining in our community and building relationships with other students as well. Previously, he said he believed in God and prays, but he has been hurt by the church and has chosen to just talk to God by himself. I encouraged him that God has a purpose for the community of believers and that he has gifts that the rest of the community needs and that he will benefit from the gifts of others. Please continue to pray for Dan.
We have many other stories like Dan’s and I pray daily that we can continue to be devoted to the Lord, his word, each other, prayer and sharing the good news with those outside of Christ.
We have began one bible study on Tuesday’s and are considering starting another because of demand. In our first group study there are about 9 students who attend. I am greatly pleased that I see at least three who may be about ready to lead bible studies of their own. Pray as I prepare them and that I would know the timing to pass on some of this responsibility in sharing the word. As Paul said to Timothy, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” 2 Timothy 2:2 Discerning who is reliable is the challenge as only God knows a mans heart and mind. Trust is building between several of us and I pray will continue.
Prayer is another foundational pillar that we are establishing early on in our ministry. As many of you have been praying for months now, please continue to pray as to cover this campus with the grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior – that all men will be saved.
† Praise God for his continued blessings on this ministry at WCC!
† Praise God for a gift of bibles that a friend gave to me. It overwhelms me with the love and grace of our Lord. (John 17:17)
† Pray for God to continue to build Christian Community at Washtenaw Community College.
† Pray for devoted followers to be passionate in sharing the gospel and to takes risks in faith.
† Pray for those outside of Christ to be open to hearing the message and to believe.
† Pray for purity in the heart of students, mind, body and spirit.
† Pray for humility for me and the students.
† Pray that I would be able to discern who the Lord desires to be student leaders.
A special request of prayer:
Pray for my financial support to maintain and grow. Some commitments have not come through and I am starting to lag behind a little. In 2011 I will need to obtain an additional $20,000 for budgetary needs. I will be communicating in more detail in November and December. Thank you again for your continued support in the many ways that God works through you.
To donate visit: www.intervarsity.org/donate
(Look for staff member "Todd Jerdon").
In Christ's love,
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Washtenaw Community College
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