Last week I went to Santa Cruz with Logan and Jessika Hensley to do campus ministry at Cabrillo College. It was a wonderful three days! Here a few highlights and answers to prayer:
Thank you for praying for us! Continue to pray for Cabrillo College. May the Lord bring about a spiritual renewal at Cabrillo College and in Santa Cruz.
Over the summer Olivia and I had the opportunity to join my mom for a week of vacation at a timeshare of hers in Oceanside. It was a wonderful, relaxing week.
It occurred to me while there, though, that there must be a community college there; I began to wonder if anyone was there making disciples. I decided to look into it.
Discipleship Movements on every college campus.... that is my life vision these days.
So I made a phone call to a church near the college and talked with the youth pastor, Jonathon. A few days later we were meeting face-to-face talking about disciple-making and reaching Mira Costa College (and the other community colleges nearby) with the Gospel.
We decided to go on campus a few days later to do spiritual surveys, and it was wonderful. We had some great conversations!
Soon I was heading back up to Northern CA, but Jonathan and I have kept in touch.
I just got a message from him that as he was spending some in prayer this morning, the Lord made it clear to him that he just needed to get back on campus and do some spiritual surveys. He did. And he had a wonderful half-hour conversation with a young man. It sounds like they might even end up meeting again.
Pray for Jonathan.
Pray for the Lord to continue to bless his ministry.
Pray for the Lord to give him great success and fruitfulness as he makes disciples.
And please pray that the Lord might even use Jonathan to be a catalyst for a discipleship movement on campus at Mira Costa College.
I met Daniel on campus at Columbia College (in Sonora) a bit over a year ago. Daniel loves the Lord and was looking for a way to make an impact for the Gospel at Columbia College. I am so thankful for the privilege that God gave me to disciple Daniel! After meeting regularly with him and teaching him One Thing Studies and Discovery Studies, he was anxious to pour his life into others. I remember the first time I took him out Clipboarding (our mobile spiritual survey). Within a few minutes he was leading the way and I was having a hard time catching up as he approached students walking on campus and engaged them in our survey. Soon Daniel was leading a Bible Study on campus and then doing all of the legwork to make us an official campus club.
I love Daniel's commitment and passion. At one point he told me about his intentions to transfer to Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz. Of course I was bummed to be 'losing' him in Sonora. But I was so excited (and not surprised) when he informed me that he couldn't wait to share the Gospel and make disciples at Cabrillo College. I told him that I want to do everything I can to help him make it happen.
I get texts and phone calls from Daniel regularly telling God-Stories about his time doing spiritual surveys on campus. He already has met a handful of students who have expressed interest!
Next week Logan and Jessika Hensley and I will be driving to Santa Cruz to spend three days helping Daniel make disciples at Cabrillo College. Here are some things you can pray for us:
1) That the Lord would use us to be a HUGE encouragement to Daniel.
2) That the Lord would connect us to some local churches and leaders who grab ahold of the vision to make disciples at Cabrillo College.
3) That as we do spiritual surveys on campus with Daniel, the Lord would connect us to believing students who would want to join us. May the Lord connect us with more Daniels!
4) That as we lovingly share the Gospel with students, the Lord might use us to bring some to saving faith.
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.