Reaching Arts Students at KCAI
2.5 years ago, Dave (InterVarsity staff) started taking prayer walks around the Kansas City Arts Institute (KCAI). As he interceded for that campus, he knew that one day, the Lord would open the door for him to reach the campus with the love of Christ.
Fast forward to this year, when a ministry partner with ties to KCAI connected Dave to a student enrolled there. It turns out that this student had been attempting to start ministry on that campus for a couple of years. Through this student, Dave connected with several other Christian students at KCAI, and all of a sudden, Dave's dream became reality!
Currently, Dave is leading a weekly Bible study off-campus, but we are applying for student organization status so that we can host InterVarsity on campus next year. We long for the light of Jesus to come to a campus that many perceive to be a dark place.
Will you pray with us that InterVarsity would be approved to become a student organization? And if you happen to know any KCAI students/faculty, please let me know so we can connect with them!
First Steps at Avila University
At the beginning of this semester, we challenged Ryan (first-year staff) to start ministry at a new campus. Where should I go? He asked. We suggested Avila University, a four-year Catholic university in south Kansas City.
Amazingly, the first week Ryan visited Avila, he met a student named Avalon. And when Ryan told her what he was hoping to do on campus, Avalon (from Avila--that's a mouthful!) enthusiastically said that she'd love to help him start a Bible study. And a few weeks later, the first InterVarsity Bible study at Avila was born!
Avalon invited all her friends, and six of them have started coming! During that initial gathering, as they shared their hopes and vision for this group, one of the students said, “I think that this should be a place for everyone to attend, even those who are not religious." Wouldn't it be fantastic if InterVarsity could become that sort of a space on campus?
Please be praying for Ryan as he leads this fledgling group forward in outreach to the rest of Avila! And if you know anyone at Avila, please let me know!
Kansas Area Prayer Requests
1. Praise and thanks to God for new InterVarsity ministries at KCAI and Avila!
2. Pray that InterVarsity would be approved as a student organization at KCAI. Pray also for Dave as he meets and gathers interested Christian students together in this chapter plant.
3. Pray that the Avila students will catch the vision to reach out to their friends with the love of Jesus Christ. Pray for Ryan as he guides and leads this new chapter plant.