We've Made It!
About 3 weeks ago, Martha, Josiah, Hannah and I (with assistance from Grandma) arrived at our new home in Grand Rapids, MI (see our new address at bottom of e-mail)! We've been busy unpacking and organizing, as well as exploring our neighborhood and community. Thank you for praying with us through this journey - we're particularly grateful for the smooth sale of our Kansas City home!
We celebrated our first Easter in Grand Rapids with my brother and his family - Josiah and Hannah love having their cousins right in town!
In the coming months, I will be transitioning into my new role with InterVarsity in Michigan. But until July 1, I will be wrapping up my Kansas Area Director role. So an update from Kansas (now 700 miles away...):
Multiplying Small Groups
As we end another semester of ministry in the Kansas Area, I find myself so grateful for student leaders and their initiative on campus. At Rockhurst University and Park University, multiple students have chosen to launch new small group Bible studies this spring!
As you can imagine, it can be scary and risky to start a new small group, but small group multiplication takes the gospel to unreached corners on campus.
At Rockhurst University, a team of freshmen decided to launch three small groups across the two freshmen dorms on campus. They are reaching their friends - some of whom are skeptical about faith - who would otherwise never open a Bible or ask their spiritual questions. To the best of my knowledge, there has never been Bible studies in both freshmen dorms at Rockhurst; these students are bringing the gospel to the unreached "freshmen corners" of campus!
At Park University, several athletes leaders chose to plant new team Bible studies. I think particularly of the Volleyball Team Bible study. The women on the team would not come to a normal Athletes large group gathering, but they were willing to spend time with their teammates in Scripture. Through these students' courage and initiative, there are now witnessing communities on at least 4 athletic teams at Park!
- Praise and thanks for a smooth and successful move and for the sale of our Kansas City house!
- For student leaders as they finish the semester. Pray that they will prepare well for next semester's ministry.
- For strong fiscal year end (in June) in Kansas and Michigan. Pray that God would bless us abundantly with year-end gifts.
- For our final in-person Kansas Area team gathering on May 10. Pray for a great celebration as we say good-bye to departing staff...and for a smooth transition to the newly appointed Area Director.