If there is one thing I have learned in the almost 27 years of my life, it's simply this. Time flies whether we're having fun or not. It's already near the middle of the semester at USFSP and spring break will be here before we know it.
Just over the course of the last month, I have seen lots of fruition come out out of new relationships between students and the CoMission staff. John, one of my coworkers has been leading a Bible study every week with a few guys, including one of our student leaders, Lucas, a junior at USFSP. For a while, the study consisted of just the two of them and another student, Sam, who got baptized last fall. Now, there are six guys in the Bible study! Austin and Caleb, both sophomores at USFSP and in the ROTC program, have been in the study now for at least a month and just within the last week, another guy named Ryan started joining in.
Another area where we are starting to see a little bit of fruit is at our weekly campus prayer group on Monday mornings from 10:02 to 11:00. We had two new students join us this week as we interceded for the USFSP campus, the city of St. Petersburg, and a couple of different countries across the globe. So, why do we meet at 10:02 specifically? Well, I have an easy answer to that easy (and very good) question. We base it off of the scripture, Luke 10:2. "Then He said to them, 'The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.'" (NKJV)
Last night, two of our three community groups joined together at the home of a family from our local church, who was graciously willing to host last minute when members from the initial host families fell sick. Now, being a major introvert, large crowds in confined spaces tend to make me anxious (even if I know everyone) and last night was no exception. But despite that, it was still a huge blessing being able to commune with my family as we learned how to pray through the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6. Also, since there are no new students in my specific community group, there were at least three new faces I had not met before, plus another four whom I have met and gotten to know over the last several weeks.
My heart has been so full seeing all of these new students get brought in and connected to our family of missionary servants and prayer for them, whether they're Christian or not, is that they will be able to grow spiritually and see what it's like to live a life totally surrendered to following Christ.
I serve with CoMission full-time as the Executive Assistant. My role includes everything from bookkeeping to proofreading and now keeping this blog so you, our family of missionary servants, can stay updated on our latest happenings. Love y'all and hope y'all find this blog informative and encouraging.