Ministry Family

On May 18, 2012, we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary.

Our hope is to develop college students who will walk with God for a lifetime—not only in their personal relationship with God and their ministry of evangelism & discipleship—but also in their future marriage & family.  We open our home and lives to these students to provide a model of a young family where they see love, forgiveness, spats, communication, affection, teamwork, hospitality, togetherness, and where Christ comes first.

We consider it part of our mission to be so authentic and real in front of these students—but we have heard that it has made a lasting impact on our students and our alumni.

Thank you for your prayers & support that enable us to bring Christ to affect the university and beyond.

A note from Rachel – a student at WMU…

To view the complete newsletter- http://www.leskowski.com/newsletter/Leskowski-Ministry-Update_2012-07.pdf

“God is the God of the Whole World” – Part 3 of 4

AUDRA AND EMILY START A CONVERSATION…

 

“Surveying the room, Audra and I both immediately looked to a girl sitting by herself, half-studying.  We read each other’s mind and walked over.  Annemarie said she had some time to talk.  She was really open to discussion on beliefs and she was honest with us, which was refreshing compared to the United States! Since high school, she had dismissed any spirituality from her life—but she said she was searching, looking for the right way.  It was awesome to see God truly tugging at her heart.

After a few minutes of her explaining her thoughts, she asked to hear what we believed, and we had the chance to share the gospel and how we can have a personal relationship with God, through Christ!  Annemarie responded well to the conversation, taking it in with much consideration, and questions kept coming!  I know that God is working on her heart!   It was such a blessing to be able to see it firsthand.” – Emily, a junior at Grand Valley State University

For more on this trip… check out the full newsletter… http://www.leskowski.com/newsletter/Leskowski-Ministry-Update_2012-05.pdf

“God is the God of the Whole World” – Part 2 of 4

“OUR GOD IS GOD OF THE WHOLE WORLD” said Brandon, junior at Western Michigan University, after experiencing evangelism in the Netherlands.

Brandon (center) talking to Alex (third from left) and others from GVSU & WMU— debriefing their evangelism at Erasmus University in Rotterdam at the end of a long day.

“Throughout the week, I think some major things are being accomplished. One… for the Dutch, that they are hearing that God cares for them, has a plan for them, and wants them to be in relationship with Him through Jesus. Two… that our team is learning how to better share the Gospel with people back home.  People we know, don’t know, or will come to know.

But finally, a third thing is happening that is so important: our individual growth during this life changing time.  God is using this time, away from the comforts of home, the United States, and familiarity to expose a need that I have. On the surface it may look like a need for the familiar, for the US, for my own house.  It’s obvious that I need something more, and I really believe this trip is showing me how I need to rely and trust and respond to God more.”  – Alex, a senior at Grand Valley State University

For more on this trip… check out the full newsletter… http://www.leskowski.com/newsletter/Leskowski-Ministry-Update_2012-05.pdf

Our Typical Week

There’s always more to do…There is a tendency to work 24/7 in this job (which is why pastors and missionaries tend to ‘burn out’ after 5-8 years).  When looking at my weekly calendar, it has to be an attitude of trusting God to lead me what to prioritize that week.

It’s a second shift job…Most college students don’t get up at 8am.  But even those that do aren’t exactly “conscious” (nor available to get together because they are in class).  Most of the ministry happens in the afternoon and at night.

The school year ebbs and flows…September does not look like November. Though it’d be nice to have consistent 45-hour work weeks year-round, certain times of year are more pressing than others.  I have labored through 90-hour weeks in September, the week before Fall Retreat (this week), during Spring Break and Summer Projects.  It’s not the ’norm’ – but it’s nothing different than automotive industry’s annual product launches, toy industry’s Christmas rush, or an accountant’s tax season.

To look at what we do Monday thru Friday… check it out here…

http://www.leskowski.com/newsletter/Leskowski-Ministry-Update_2011-10.pdf