YOUTH & STUDENTS
Thank you for the ways you have blessed us this year! Peace to you.
January 2020 was teeming with promise!...
A friend had recently given his life to God at Christmas Camp. We were planting a Bible study at Saint Paul University where dozens of students expressed interest in participating. Our community was growing around rhythms of cross-cultural hospitality and learning at weekly dinner parties. We dreamed of inviting friends to work at an InterVarsity camp together in August. University staff and student association leaders were keen to promote our activities to their networks of international students. We were bursting at the seams with excitement and potential! It would be a year like no other!
Only days into the semester, I received news from a dear Iranian friend that a friend of hers was aboard
| This is not the year we anticipated! However, upon reflection, I see how God has prepared and positioned us to be the "messengers of hope" I described in my letter last year. He is teaching us to enter into the suffering of our friends with compassion and conviction about the power of Jesus to restore their lives.
In March, a few of us devoted ourselves to daily read Scripture and intercede together for the global Body of Christ. These 30 minutes a day strengthen and sustain us! We are increasingly aware of God's presence in the world and are being equipped to walk in step with His Spirit.
Moving aspects of our community life online in response to COVID-19 restrictions gave us access to new students and also renewed connections with former students internationally! The flood of suffering has blown doors wide open to share about the Gospel with our non-believing friends and has inspired many students (of various faith backgrounds) to find us to inquire of our Christian faith and hope.
Though at first it seemed we were being scattered, we see now how God is widening and deepening our "international family'. Though our methods of ministry have changed, the mission is the same: God is sending us to share the message of hope in Jesus with the nations, even as He renews hope in our own hearts!
Part of what helps our ministry thrive is people like you who will pray for us, encourage us, invest in students, and give financially to our mission. To continue in my role with InterVarsity on campus, I am committed to raise the remaining S18.OOO of my annual budget for the coming year. I acknowledge this has been a difficult year financially for many, so it is humbly that I invite you to pray about giving a special gift this Christmas, to further God's work among international students at uOttawa and Saint Paul University... and beyond! I trust He multiplies whatever we have for His glory!
There are a few ways you can give:
My personal contact information:
Jesus' peace to you & your families,