WoW Week 2017
Today marks the first day of Week of Welcome at UNF with our preview service at Campus Church the Welcome to College Luau that the campus puts on. Wow week is both incredible for ministry opportunities and the most exhausting week of the year. This year is has the potential to be both the best year for my ministry to date but it also has the potential to be the most exhausting WoW week I have yet to experience.
This is my third year with Campus Church. What this means is that I now have a strong ministry foundation with a lot of the students (and former students) in our church. There are a few things that I have resolved to really focus on this semester and this week will dictate the direction my personal ministry will take for the rest of the year.
I really want to get more involved in discipleship… Both as a disciplee and as a discipler. Yes I’m going to actively pursue the Holy Spirit with Pastor Barry through (hopefully weekly) searching the Scriptures together. I have so much to learn about Jesus and ministry from him which is why this is a priority for me.
But I also have resolved to disciple a younger believer. This is the week where I get to meet first-year students who are away from their moms and dads for the first time and they are hungry for someone to pour into them. It is an earnest prayer of mine that God will put a freshmen that needs discipling in my path this week.
There are so many international students at UNF. So many students from foreign lands that came here to get an education. What if they not only got an education while they were here but they also met Jesus? And then they went back to their homes as missionaries? It’s like God is really doing us a solid by bringing the nations to us! The Great Commission truly has never been easier than doing ministry on a college campus!
We have one student that spent the entire summer in China and he came back with an incredible love for the Chinese people. What’s cool about this is I have always had an interest and love in the Chinese people and their culture because of my background in Kung Fu. I am resolving to partner with this student to help him reach Chinese students who have no idea that the thing they need more than anything is not an education…but Jesus!
What makes this year harder than the previous two years is that because of our family situation and the struggles of support raising, I am working almost every day at Starbucks. I am so incredibly thankful for my part time job at Starbucks but if I am not careful it can distract me from the gospel work that I have been called to at UNF.
I am so exhausted. All the time. If I were honest, I sometimes wish God would call me somewhere else where I didn’t have to work two jobs and focus on raising support. But I know that God, at least for now, has called me to this. And he has allowed me to see so much fruit in just the past three years of being here.
My prayer is that God would change my heart and attitude when they are not aligned with his calling and gospel. That he would keep me free from discouragement. My tendency is to get depressed about support raising and my workload but I know that this is where he has me and if I were honest I know that he is teaching me that he is truly enough… that he is a good Father who will take care of me.