Hello everyone! Hope this letter finds you all doing well! There have been some big, life changing events in the Wall household.
Rachel and I, after getting married, have been praying about where God wants us and has called us. Through a lot of prayer and consideration, God opened up doors for us to work with Christian Challenge and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) doing collegiate ministry at Fort Lewis College in Southwest Colorado. We are extremely excited for the opportunity God has opened up for us.
This will be a ministry based on reaching the lost and one-on-one discipleship encouraging students who are already Christians. Studies have shown that 80-90% percent of children growing up in the church leave the faith after going off to college. Those numbers are heartbreaking. Our goal is to change those numbers drastically.
Our ministry's focus will be on some of the least reached student groups on the campus. Obviously, working with FCA, part of it will involve working with student-athletes. Our plans are to have Bible studies for them and encourage/disciple them in a one-on-one setting. This group sees very little evangelism due to the tough training and game schedules the athletes have. Instead of trying to fit their schedule into our ministry schedules, we plan to fit our ministry schedule into their schedules to make it work for them.
Another mostly unreached group we will minister to are the international students who come to Fort Lewis. They come from Africa, Europe, and Asia. The exciting thing about this is that we don't even have to go all the way across the world to meet them. They come right to us. They come to FLC looking for the American experience but are only introduced to a culture of binge-drinking and drugs. We aim to counter that culture and introduce them to Christ, many of them which come from cultures where they have never even heard the name of Jesus. Our hope is that they not only are introduced to Christ but can also take Him back with them to their own country to share with their friends and family.
More and more, we are also finding that there are FLC students who have never heard about Jesus... not even His name. When you think of unreached people groups, you think of places where there are no roads to in far off countries. We have American students who come to Fort Lewis who have never heard the Gospel in any way, shape, or form. This was jaw-dropping to me when we first started running into these students. It's becoming more and more common. It just goes to show how much of a need there is for us to share Christ with the students on campus.
Last but not least, we want to reach out to the rest of the students on campus as well, especially those who may not be comfortable with traditional ministries. There are plenty of students who end up falling away from the Christian faith not because they get sucked into the party lifestyle or have a professor destroy their faith but simply because they don't feel they fit in with other Christians.
Whether their work or class schedule doesn't line up with ministry events, or maybe they are afraid of being around big groups, maybe they have learning disabilities where traditional ministries don't teach to their learning style. These students slowly fall away with the feeling of a Christianity that is empty, as if they are wandering through the wilderness alone. Our goal is to find those students and not let them fall through the cracks, to reach out and encourage those students in their walks with Christ letting them know they're not alone.
During our summers, our plan is to take students on mission trips domestically and overseas. This will allow them to step out of their comfort zones and put their faith into action. The summer is also an important time to keep in touch with our students. A lot can happen in a student's life over the summer and we want to continue to be part of that. Our goal is to do retreats and weekend get-together's for our students still in the area also.
Prayer and Financial Support:
That said, we cannot do this without you. I hope and pray that you will partner with us, prayerfully and financially. If the Lord moves you to team-up with our ministry financially and prayerfully, please send us an email and we can get you more info on how you can do that. For more info on giving, you can also go to:
Again, thank you so much for your time and consideration! You all are awesome and such a blessing! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.