Our first year is in the books! Students finished final exams on May 4th, and as campus grows emptier, we’re looking forward to the quieter pace of the next few months.
Life moves at a slower pace for campus ministries in this season, but that doesn’t mean we’re shutting down. A number of our students will be in Conway for the summer. Though our schedule will be thinner, the goal remains the same: helping college students live with passion and purpose. We’ve already begun praying for the growth that will happen over these months.
Pray with us, that God will use the summer months to draw students closer to him.
Summer is also a season of preparing. As we anticipate the excitement and opportunity coming next fall, here are a few items for prayer:
Pray for our fall outreach. Come August, we’re going to get on campus right away, handing out fliers, hosting events, and doing everything we can to connect with students. Pray that God would give us wisdom as we prepare.
Pray also for the 2,000 new undergrads who will arrive in August. Even now many of these students are finishing up high school and preparing for graduation. Pray that all of these students will be open and receptive to what God is doing in their lives. Pray also that God will prepare University Church to be open and ready to receive them.
There’s much to look forward to, but there’s also a lot to celebrate. The last few months have seen continued growth and progress for our ministry.
Over spring break (March 16-20) several of our students - alongside students from Arkansas Tech - traveled to Beaumont, TX to assist with the ongoing rebuilding effort in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.
We spent three days clearing debris, stuffing insulation, and hanging drywall. Just as valuable as the work we did were the relationships we formed. Each of us left encouraged by the love, gratefulness, and generosity on display.
We continued to host students off campus each Wednesday. The end of April was spent talking, praying, and dreaming about the role each of our students might play as our ministry continues to grow next school year.
Sunday mornings in April we helped out with the youth group class. Our students led discussion groups in order to build relationships with teens.
Sunday, May 6th I kicked off Missions Month at University Church with an update on our campus ministry. You can listen to that message here. If you want to know more about the heart and the vision behind Pulse, I’d encourage you to listen.
"Year in Review" Infograpic
One more prayer request.
As I think about the work of campus ministry - or any type of ministry - I'm reminded of the parable in Mark 4:26-29.
“This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
God works at his own pace and timing. Sometimes sooner, sometimes later the harvest comes, but we can be take heart in the knowledge that, when God is at work, there will always be a harvest.
Pray for Pulse and your own congregation, that God would help all of us to be faithful sowers.