One of the most rewarding experiences in ministry is watching those we’re investing in invest in others. Like Jesus, our deepest passion is that God would take our efforts and multiply them through our students.
More and more, God has been answering this prayer. We’d like to give you an example of what that looks like through Tim, one of the local student leaders.
Over the past year and a half, Tim and I (Bryan) have been talking about the importance of pouring into others. Tim has always been open to this, but over the past several months he’s truly taken consistent steps that are making a difference. Here are a few excerpts from emails he’s sent me as I’ve touched base with him about ‘Johnson’, one of his classmates:
One of the things we talked about was how do you really know God as our Father. One thing he felt was that he knew the right things to believe, but hasn’t ever really felt it in his heart with conviction, hasn’t really felt like a real relationship with God… one thing that I shared with him was the importance of spending time with God, reading in his word, asking him to help us know him better, and then just laying down our expectations of whatever “experience” [we might have] and see how He shows up with us. So for some practical steps, Johnson decided to read 3 chapters each night going through Luke, and I’ve been helping to keep him accountable with that. And so we’re just praying for God to birth something new in his heart and that it grows into a real life-giving relationship.
In thinking through the way Tim has been relating to Johnson, I was impressed. He did all the ‘right’ things: took initiative in the relationship, asked good questions in drawing him out, and provided encouragement balanced with practical steps for growth. At their next meeting, Tim continued this pattern, the result being that Johnson decided to let his pastor in on how things ‘are really going’ so that his pastor can continue shepherding him.
If he weren’t going to be a physician, Tim would make a great pastor. Then again, it’s precisely as a physician that Tim will have many opportunities to engage people just like pastors do – right where life and suffering meet. This is what the Great Physician did and it’s exciting to see our students following His example.
Sharon and I would like to thank you for enabling us to invest in students like Tim so that they, in turn, will invest in others.
Serving the Great Physician,
Bryan & Sharon
For prayer & praise:
- Praise God for Tim – and others like him – who are catching the vision for investing in their peers. Please pray that many more do as well.
- Praise God for those who have served as campus leaders since last spring. Over the next month, our campuses will select new leaders to replace them, so please pray that those God is calling to serve will step up. And, please pray that God grants me wisdom in helping the transitions go smoothly.
- As medical schools are currently in the process of making admissions decisions, now is the time to pray that God gives special favor to those who already know, and, those who are seeking, Him.
- Finally, please pray that God gives us grace as we start to plan for two new events, a fall retreat and relationships seminar for the students. We’re excited and will share more as events unfold!