On New Year’s Eve, I got this text message from Will…
I first met Will four-and-a-half years ago. He was a freshmen in his first month at WMU, and had just become a new follower of Christ that year.
We first met in a Community Group Bible Study that I was leading in his dorm – and I really liked the guy – but you could tell that this whole “following Jesus” thing was new to him.
Eventually Will and I started to meet regularly. One thing that I always said about Will was that he was faithful. Whatever God told him to do, he did it. So, over time, as I discipled him in the faith, he grew theologically and in ministry skills. He developed a big heart for God, and truly became a leader. He has influenced tons of people for Christ indirectly through his service at WMU, and has poured his life into others through leading Community Groups and Summer Groups and being a part of Cru’s overall leadership.
But the coolest thing is seeing Will use his marketing skills and insights into generational issues to figure out ways to reach people for Christ. He has certainly surpassed me in this arena – and I’m so amazed at the ways he thinks about reaching others for Christ.
Will just graduated in December. So, I’ll definitely miss him. But on New Year’s Eve, I got this text message from Will…
“Just want to say Happy New Year’s before its too hectic at INDYCC… I cannot say thank you enough for what you have done for me the past four years. my world view completely changed… i now have the resources to go forth and lead… he resource to go and build others to Christ yet also I have the resources to find other resources when I need them. God has done SO many things through u, thank u so much for your time and sacrifice… truly Christlike.
Just reread my last message and know that I’m not going to be the only person that sends that email to you… you are impacting the whole west side of the state! Happy New Year!!!”
What a testimony to God’s faithfulness in this ministry! All about Changed Lives in Christ!
If somebody looked at your life, would it be “Unmistakable!” for Christ ?
This week, we asked almost 1800 college students this question. God used our annual Winter Conference, IndyCC, as one of those rare opportunities to allow students to hear from Him without classes, homework, jobs and other distractions.
My unique role at this influential conference is definitely “behind the scenes”. It isn’t flashly—but it’s necessary. On the 2nd and 4th day of the conference, we provide around thirty seminars for students to choose from, ranging in topics like evangelism, discipleship, living the Christian life, finances, homosexuality, small groups, leadership, emotional healthiness, theology, and God’s will. It’s an administrative nightmare to pull off, but being in the hallways in between seminars and listening to the buzz about which seminars really impacted the students and which ones really challenged them is something I wish you could feel firsthand.
In addition, I got the opportunity to lead two seminars—one entitled Welcome to the Weekly Meeting where I coached 45 different campuses on how to put together a purposeful and relational weekly gathering on campus, and another Leading Great Small Groups where 140 students where instructed on connecting others to God through the Gospel and the Scriptures, and connecting them to each other through community and mission.
I wish you could have been beside me as I walked passed the students… grabbed meals with them… staying up late talking about what God was saying to them. You couldn’t help but smile, knowing that it was here (and in a small way, because of our work) that they were meeting with God. We are a team…and together we have the privilege of seeing God at work. You share in these eternal rewards—in this lasting fruit. Thank you for journeying with us as we help show our students a clearer picture of who God is and what His Kingdom is all about.