Monday, March 31, 2014

Christian Challenge March 2014 Update!

Hey team! Hope everyone is doing well! Looks like it’s already time for another update.

Things are going well here...other than me being a tad bit sick with strep or tonsillitis. We are on the tail end of spring break so I guess this is a good time to deal with it and rest up.

With it being spring break, we were able to send out mission teams to two different locations which is exciting. Josh and Jennifer took a team to Juarez to work at a school there and share the Gospel with the kids. Randi took a team down to the Dallas area to work with a ministry there sharing the Gospel in some of the poorer areas of the city. From all accounts, it sounds like both trips have shaped up to be pretty awesome and everyone made it back safely. We praise God for that!

With FCA, we’ve been going through a DVD which follows four college students as they break away from Christian culture and head to Europe. Their goal is to is to find out how the Bible says a Christian should live, not how our Christian culture says we should live. So far, we’ve covered topics like identity in Christ, materialism, and relationships.

With Christian Challenge, we’re still growing, still meeting new people. It’s been exciting to see. What’s also been exciting is seeing how many people our ministry is discipling one-on-one. We’re up to around 20-25. With a campus like Fort Lewis, I’m pretty stoked by the numbers God has brought us to disciple.

One of the nights at CC, we did a pretty interesting icebreaker. We had everyone do a personality test. It turned out that about 90% of our students were introverts. This was awesome to see. It still makes me laugh that God can bring that many introverts together in a group setting.

As a ministry, we’ve always tried to be different and minister to different people than the other ministries on campus. We’ve tried to provide a place for those who don’t feel comfortable in other ministries, the misfits, the introverts, those who see the world differently, the square pegs in the round holes. (Yes, I know that probably sounds a lot like a Steve Jobs quote.)

As the Body of Christ, we can’t ignore or discard them...because God doesn’t. God has a plan for those people too, and we want to help them get there and fulfill that plan!

Prayer Requests:

-Praise: One of the students I’ve been discipling, the one who had scarlet fever over the summer, lost contact with me. I tried contacting him all semester with no answer. Turns out, he got a new phone number over Christmas. After praying, I was finally able to get a hold of him. We’ll start meeting again when he gets back from spring break. Stoked for that!

-Keep praying that God would bring us student-leaders that would be willing to build the ministry with us.

-Keep praying that God would continue growing us closer to Him and help us not neglect our first ministry; our marriage.

-For open hearts, for many to join us prayerfully and financially, to bring the Gospel to Fort Lewis. If the Lord is leading you to give, please go to:

Thank you for joining with us to reach Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO! -Cheers and God Bless, Mike & Rachel