Teaching at IVLI this summer

Seven is one of those numbers with lots of biblical significance – particularly in being a number of completeness. It’s been seven years of ministry at Northwestern, and I can say that it’s been a full seven years.

I’ve been quite reflective lately, reviewing and remembering all that God has done, and was just grateful. I could barely contain myself with the fruit of ministry over time.  I see students in their weddings pledge before their family and friends not only to be faithful to their spouse, but to be faithful to following Jesus and bringing others to him.  Last weekend, I saw one student have the first bible-study he led be the subject of the wedding sermon.  I held back the lump in my throat as I remembered distinctly the time he led it, and how it touched him the first time.

Faces of students kept coming to mind – lives that had been transformed over time.  I’ve had the opportunity to work in the trenches with every ministry with InterVarsity at NU – starting in Multiethnic InterVarsity, moving to Greek InterVarsity, serving in interim stages in House on the Rock, La Fe, and assisting in Asian American InterVarsity.  Now I’m even serving in our Arts Ministry on campus – helping empower students leaders to help their friends take the next step to Jesus.

Not only has it been an exciting ride, I realized clearly that my original call to campus ministry has been realized: to build authentic, multiethnic, student-led witnessing communities.  And these last two years, we have had unprecedented growth, despite having underfunded staff and no full time director.  God has been so good.

I’d like for you to pray for me regarding my next season of ministry – I’m not quite sure what is in store.  My time at Kellogg has been great in rekindling some of the unused gifts that have been put on the back-burner since I left the corporate world. Looking at the future, there are many opportunities and to remain true to my calling is difficult when needs are so great.  I need your prayers to remember and remain true to God’s calling.

So, please pray for me.  I love students as much as ever – but I do sense that a season is coming to a close and a new one is on the horizon.  Pray for my time with God, and that I stay the course in fulfilling the call to which I’ve labored for the past seven years.  I’m grateful for your partnership in prayer and finances, and would love to hear from you if you feel led to share.

Thank-you so much – it has been an honor and a privilege to serve these seven full years.  I can’t have done it without the many who give and pray for me.  I’m blessed.

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