Sam, URI student, talks about his vision to start something new with international Chinese students on campus. As his staffworker Lauren interviews him, he discusses using his gifts and skill sets to reach out to this specific community and how some came to faith.
At 5AM you’re awoken by strong knocks on the church door. Tito arrives and starts moving tables while you slowly wake up, and within an hour your cots are gone and the church basement is transformed into a banquet where the rich and poor break bread: a breakfast with our homeless neighbors. Such was the explosive beginning to our pilot project, ServeUP Brockton!
You should take 3 minutes out of your day to watch Sean's testimony of leading someone to faith! It will be the best two minutes of your day. Sean is a freshmen on campus, and the first time he ever shared the Gospel on campus, he got to lead someone to faith. This video is him sharing what happened immediately afterwards. God is using people of all skill levels to bring people into his kingdom! This is what your prayers and gifts make possible!
- At Eastern CT State, a dozen students are interested in helping lead dorm-based Bible studies in just the third week of this chapter plant.
- At the new chapter plant at Rhode Island School of Design a Buddhist prayed to Jesus for the first time.
- At UConn, At UConn, students across racial divides and councils of the Greek system are exploring Jesusand praying for their fraternities and sororities
- At Roger Williams younger students are stepping up in leadership and evangelism after a strong class graduated last year.
- At Smith College, community members and volunteers served ice cream to 360 students (over 13% of the whole campus) while staff and student leaders worked the crowd and collected contact info from 150 students.
- At Connecticut College, ten of the 17 students coming out to Bible study are freshmen who are inviting their friends to come too.
- At Mount Holyoke, a sophomore (in middle of photo) gained a vision to start a Bible study for first year students. At the second meeting a seeking first year was overcome by God's presence during the prayer time and said "I don't know who I am in Jesus yet, but I feel like God is giving me love and hope."
- At one college, 200 students (1 of every 8 students on campus) came through an interactive survey where the gospel was shared, even with the college president!
- At least a dozen students have made solid commitments to follow Jesus for the first time so far this year, and staff and students are following up with dozens more who have responded to calls to faith!
By, Liz Joyal, Divisional Director | SWNewEngland
Developing Christian World Changers
Students at Brown love engaging in conversation on almost any topic, many relate them to the people of Acts 17. However, there are not enough outlets to engage the 6000 student campus in discussions on faith and other topics.
As a result, each year we host a Veritas Forum on campus as a way to engage the intellectual community on a meaningful topic . Our Forum this year welcomed an MIT Professor on the topics of “Science and Faith”. During our weeklong survey many students voted that science and faith are frenemies. But, at the Forum we heard Dr. Hutchinson share that they are not enemies, as long as we do not look to science for the ultimate answers to everything in the world, which he defined as a different sort of religion, Scientism.
This evening offered a space for students in our fellowship to invite seeking friends and gave them the opportunity to be further equipped on the topic as they engage in the culture at Brown.
Pray for Christian students in our fellowship to continue engaging with deep topics on campus and pray that they see the opportunities to talk about Jesus in the midst.
By Hope Muller, Campus Staff | Brown University