Thanks so much for your prayers for our Winter Conference. Now that the conference is ‘in the books’, I wanted to provide a short report on all that God did.
More than anything, the conference provides space for our busy students and professionals to come away and be alone with Christ and each other. As we can all attest, the craze of daily life often makes it hard to slow down and connect with God as we want to. Through our speaker, times of worship, and plenty of space for quiet and community, our retreat is designed to be the perfect remedy for a busy life and heart. For many, I really believe that the theme of ‘Reverse Course: Going Backward to Move Forward’ was realized.
The highlight for me – as always – is the undistracted space I have to connect with those who come. In many ways, the weekend is like one long, wonderful conversation. To give you a flavor, here are some quick highlights:
- A conversation with a recent student (new professional) where we discussed a painful relational breakup he recently experienced. I had the chance to offer understanding, as well as a challenge to not shut down his heart toward the Lord or future risks.
- A brief interaction with a student from NY who would like to hold a ‘Doubt Night’ (skeptics and seekers express, and receive responses to, their doubts about Christianity) at her campus. We’ve already followed-up via email, and I look forward to seeing what the Lord does through the event!
- A conversation with a physician about her struggles to be a witness at work and beyond when members of her own family are not walking with Christ. Mainly, I was able to be a listening ear and let her know I would pray. In this case, I think that’s all she needed.
- I organized a late-night ‘Denny’s run’ with about 20 from Philadelphia, something that’s becoming an annual Winter Conference tradition. In this more laid-back setting, it’s wonderful to start seeing a new side of the students and connecting with them more personally. We covered everything from ‘best summer ever’ to ‘what you learned from the speaker’. I also had a great time with one of our key leaders at Penn during the car ride there and back.
Thank you for your prayers. We are so thankful for what God did and trust that He will extend the value far beyond our weekend together. Your prayers are such an important part of that.
With Christ’s love,
Bryan & Sharon
PS Please pray for:
- God to help us live out what He taught us over the weekend.
- God’s blessing on our men’s brunch this coming Saturday. We’ll start looking at key men from the Bible in an attempt to better follow Christ.
- Sharon & I as we provide relationship mentoring for a key student couple. Also, for wisdom as we evaluate the need for a seminar on relationships.
- God to add members to our ministry ‘council’ (group of folks who minister alongside me, and help provide direction for the ministry).
- God to provide new student leaders as our existing leaders transition out (March-April), and, that He would give me wisdom in assisting them in this process.
- God to create a deepening sense of dependency on Him, and as a result, a greater commitment to prayer among our healthcare community. We tend to be self-reliant but want to keep growing in this area!