I have now been accepted as a staff member of InterVarsity. The position I have been offered will be starting new IVCF chapters at community colleges around Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit. I do not know what campus I will begin working at, but I should know within the next week or so.
My next big task is to start to raise support for my ministry position. Support raised ministries count on churches and other believers to financially support the call to reach "all nations" with the gospel of Jesus Christ. In so many words I will be a local missionary reaching students of different ethnic backgrounds with the gospel. God has called me to "go" to the campuses and build relationships with students and staff, to equip them to make disciples. The college campus is packed with different world views that can cause even the most commited Christian students to doubt and lose faith.
I want to be there for them to help encourage and guide them as they make the three biggest decisions of their lifetimes.
1. What do I believe about Jesus? This is a decision of eternal significance!
2. What career/vocation do I pursue? This is a matter of calling and purpose. We are the body of Christ and God has gifted each of us to use our gifts to serve the LORD.
3. Relationships? Will I stay single, get married or other? Gender and sexual identity are often questioned in college. God has a specific plan for each of us and not "everything under the sun" is beneficial or right in God's eyes. I desire to come along side these current and future leaders to help them understand God's plan.
I will also be partnering with area churches in this process. InterVarsity is a parachurch organization, which means it is a support for the local church, not an end in itself. I will go and make disciples, but I will need to plug them into a church home that suits their individual needs and backgrounds. This calls for cooperation and partnership from many denominations within Christianity. If this appeals to you and your church please let me know.
I am excited about this new venture in serving God's kingdom and hope that as I share the gospel, "And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." Acts 2:47
Today is my "final" interview withInterVarsity Christian Fellowship. We are meeting at Wayne State in Detroit. I am excited, yet nervous. I am confident that God has led me to this specific ministry, at this specific time. As a college student I was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ, another campus ministry. CCFC helped me to grow in my faith and see that God's church was larger than my own denomination. The worship was great and I made so many good friends. The three years after I graduated, some friends and I led worship for CCFC at Lawrence Tech. University. I enjoyed my continued involvement with them and continued to grow in my faith as I stepped into areas where I was outside my comfort zone.
InterVarsity is a similar type of campus ministry, but it has a special significance for a couple of other reasons. You see, my father-in-law and mother-in-law were saved through it and my sister was brought back to the Lord through it as well. College is a testing of the new freedom that students feel, since they are on their own in a new environment. They question, rebel, seek their own identity, set goals, pursue passions, develop vocations, create new relationships and test beliefs. I desire to be an instrument of God to help guide them on their journey of faith. And I believe God has called me to "such a time as this" to "make disciples of all nations..." What better place than a college or university campus to fulfill such a call. Students gather from all nations at the campus.
HERE AM I, SEND ME, SEND ME!
Today, as I go to the interview I am nervous, yet I am excited to be on the adventure that God has called me to. Even in my childhood, I knew that God was calling me to ministry and architecture. Ministry is the primary focus, but architecture has enhanced the way in which I carry out my task at hand.
I pray that as I head on this journey - that you too will join me in partnership in sharing the gospel. Not everyone is called to full time ministry, yet everyone is called to participate as God has gifted them. After all, we are the body of Christ!
I will share more after the interview.
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