Since many of our students are unavailable during June and July, these are good months for getting to areas we ordinarily don’t have much time for, such as support-raising and ‘big picture’ thinking. We’ve found this is critical to having a successful year of student ministry.
At the same time, God is still giving us many wonderful, personal interactions. To take one example, we have continued summer bible study dinners in our home, with one more to go. The Book of Malachi has been challenging us deeply on what it means not only to believe the ‘right’ things, but also to live them out.
God has also continued to bless our community development efforts near Temple. This past semester, with some assistance from other community leaders and I, students from our Christian fellowship at Temple taught 12 science lessons for two seventh-grade classes at a local public school. Recent budgetary cuts have left the school without any certified science teachers, so their efforts were especially welcome. In addition to blessing the children, we are praying that some graduate with a vision for serving Christ in underserved, urban environments and believe this is already happening. This is just a small part of what’s happening in this arena, so stay tuned!
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As August draws near, we’re looking forward to meeting new students and connecting with those who return. Thank you for your prayers and gifts that make it all possible!
Bryan & Sharon
Please join us in lifting up the following prayers and praises:
- Praise God for a solid end to our fiscal year and for donors who support us well.
- Praise God for excellent summer bible studies in the Book of Malachi, and, pray for specific, lasting fruit in student’s lives. One participant shared, for example, that God has been showing him how serious his sin is and how deeply he is in need of everyday rescue.
- Pray for our student leaders to stay closely connected to Christ over the summer, and, to continue planning and praying for the fall.
- Pray for God to be working in the lives of incoming first-year students so that they are receptive to our ministry.
- Pray for wisdom as various leaders, students and I try to discern next steps in reaching out to the community near Temple. There are many moving pieces and it’s clear this mission cannot be accomplished in our own strength.