Students Receiving PrayerReturning from Cedar Campus marks the end of my fifth year on staff with InterVarsity. I’d love to tell you that the past five years have been all smooth sailing; but I’d be lying if I did. In fact, more often than not, the waters have been choppy than calm. The gray on my temples is proof.

There are times I wonder what difference I’ve really made. Ministry is never finished, and at times results are hard to come by. Sometimes students fall away. While the joys of ministry are amazing, the disappointments are devastating. In what seems like a past life, I enjoyed seeing projects move from engineering to construction, from idea to implementation. Results in ministry are much more hidden; they aren’t easily seen. You can miss them if you aren’t looking for them.

As I drove home from Cedar Campus, a student new to our ministries rode with me – she came to Cedar Campus through lovingly persistent recruitment from myself and her friends. She was well acquainted with the hurts dealt out by the Christian community. Through a long conversation, we rediscovered that the dreams God’s given us for the body of Christ are good even though the present condition isn’t perfect. Her desire for integrity, for Christians to live what they say, was clear.

It’s these conversations that bring me back to hope – that students genuinely long for Christians to be worthy of the name they bear. They need enfleshed idealism, and my example means something in their journey. And though it may easily be missed, it is making a difference. “…so also good works are conspicuous; and even when they are not, they cannot remain hidden.” – I Timothy 5:25

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