Our motto is: Just show up.
What we have experienced is that our job is to just show up, and then the Lord does amazing things.
Saturday we drove down to Oceanside to partner with a church in making disciples at Mira Costa College. We showed a short video presentation during the Sunday morning worship services, inviting folks to consider how God might use them to make disciples. We then had our Soularium Spiritual Survey table set up after each service to introduce people to what we do on campus.
After the morning services, we had a 45-minute disciple-making overview/training time and then invited interested folks to join us on campus Monday.
Monday we set up our table on campus at Mira Costa College, and within the first 5 minutes we had students taking the survey! We were busy for the next three hours.
One young man we met is Adam. Adam is a believer, and he is very interested in learning how to share his faith and make disciples. Praise the Lord for connecting us to Adam! Jonathan (the college pastor we are partnering with) is planning to be discipling Adam and equipping him to share his faith and make disciples.
By the end of the day, we had about 5 students who expressed interest in meeting up again to read the Bible.
The highlight for me? Spending time with Pastor Jonathan. I find it so fulfilling to be a part of what God is doing in equipping pastors like Jonathan to make disciples and reach the campus near them.
Pray for Jonathan as he devotes a few hours each week to making disciples on campus at Mira Costa College.
Pray for Adam, that the Lord would give him a growing passion for sharing his faith and making disciples.
Pray for Nina, Allie and Loretta (women from the church who came on campus with us to see how we share our faith and make disciples). Pray that the Lord would continue to fill them up to overflowing with His Spirit and a passion for disciple-making (even on campus at the college).
Pray for them to connect with more local believers and students who love Jesus and want to see a spiritual renewal on campus at Mira Costa College.
Thank you for praying with us and for us. Thank you for joining us on this journey of multiplying disciples on college campuses!
Last semester Josh was attending Modesto Junior College, and Josh is passionate about sharing his faith and making disciples! So Josh invited me to join him in making disciples at Modesto JC. What a privilege to do spiritual surveys on campus with Josh several times!
And WOW, was it effective! Jesus said that the harvest is ripe.... and He knew what He was talking about! After only a few days of doing spiritual surveys on campus, we met a few students who wanted to meet up more and study the Bible. One young man, Daniel, already loves Jesus and expressed interest right away in learning how to share his faith and make disciples. Josh continued to meet with him throughout the semester.
How do we know when we have succeeded in starting a discipleship movement on a campus? When:
1) There is a local resident leader (a local college pastor, youth pastor, or believer who has a passion to make disciples on campus).
2) There are five students at the school who are united in the vision to make disciples.
With that definition in view, be praying for a discipleship movement at Modesto JC!
Pray that the Lord would raise up a local leader to passionately pursue disciple-making at Modesto JC.
Pray also for more students like Daniel who want to be a part of launching a discipleship movement at Modesto JC.
We are so thankful that you are on this journey with us. May the Lord use us to change the world one disciple at a time.
Josh and Daniel on campus at Modesto JC
We have the privilege of working with other CRU staff to help start a CRU discipleship movement at UC Merced. We all went on campus last week to get to know the spiritual interest on campus. Here are some highlights:
1) Talked with dozens of students about their interest in spiritual things (and Jesus in particular).
2) Taught a handful of students how to do a One Thing Study.
3) Connected with two students who are now part of a weekly Bible study!
Praise God for the work He is doing at UC Merced!
Pray with us for a growing movement of students sharing their faith and making disciples at UC Merced.
What an amazing three days at Cabrillo College!
Here are some highlights:
Having coffee with Kyle, a college pastor at a nearby church
It was wonderful to visit with a local college pastor and dream about reaching the campus together! We look forward to partnering with Kyle and his college group to make disciples at Cabrillo College. One of our first goals for starting a CRU movement on a campus is finding a local leader; it appears we have found one in Kyle. What an answer to prayer!
Seeing Casey (a new believer) enjoying community
Several months ago when we were doing spiritual surveys on campus at Cabrillo College, we met Casey. Casey put her faith in Jesus the second day we were on campus! It was wonderful to see her again, growing in her faith. She continues to be connected to the weekly campus Bible study, and we are so thankful that there is now a growing community around her.
Daniel said, "I am so filled with joy!" as we shared the Gospel with students
On Monday, we went on campus to set up the table survey and do some clipboard surveys (a simple way to get to know students and find out their spiritual interest). As Daniel and I were clipboarding, he says to me, "I am so filled with joy!"
It fills me with joy to hear students say they are filled with joy as they lovingly share the Gospel with other students!
Watching the formation of two Bible studies on campus
On Tuesday, the second day we were on campus, we had a Bible study right there in the quad (the main hangout area of campus). Several students joined, and it was agreed that Daniel will continue to lead a Bible study weekly at that time. And then on Wednesday, we did another Bible study..... and once again, we had half a dozen students join. Cody agreed to lead a weekly Wednesday Bible study.
Daniel training Tryston in the clipboard spiritual survey
We were staying with good friends of ours in Felton: Tom and Heath. Tom told us on our second day as we were eating dinner together: "You know, I need to connect you with Tryston; he is a college student at Cabrillo College and loves the Lord." Logan texted Tryston and we agreed to meet up the next day on campus.
When we met him on campus the next day, we shared with him what we are all about: starting a discipleship movement (CRU) on campus. He said, "I'm in!" We showed him a few Bible study tools, and then Daniel took him out to do some evangelism (the clipboard survey). The first guy they talked to was a believer named Adrian who was also excited to join us. Adrian and Trystan are now being equipped to share their faith; we pray that they too would soon be discipling others.
Sitting at a table in the cafeteria and having students we had just met bringing their friends over to the table to take the spiritual survey
Later that same day, we were eating lunch together at the school cafeteria. Before we knew it, several others students were joining us to learn more about CRU. Logan and I soon had to leave to head back home to Sonora. As we left, several students (whom we had just taught how to do the spiritual survey) were now drawing friends of theirs over to the table to take them through the spiritual survey. By the time we left, it seemed we had at least 15 students who had expressed interest in joining CRU at Cabrillo College.
What an amazing trip!
We left praising God for an amazing three days. We felt like we were living the modern book of Acts.
Thank you for praying for us and praising God with us for His faithfulness.
The Yorks are passionate about bringing the Gospel to the nations - especially the unreached of the world (those who have no access to the Gospel). They are convinced that the greatest impact they can have in reaching the unreached is by multiplying disciples on college campuses and equipping churches to be missional disciple-makers.