Modesto Junior College is just like all the other 113 community colleges in California. Students are busy studying for classes, working a job or two to make ends meet, and attempting to sort through the brokenness of their families, their friends, and their communities. Many of these students are very ready to open up about their lives and talk about spiritual things.
My good friend Chinh is the pastor of young adults and outreach at a Manteca church. Now that I live only an hour away, I get to go on campus regularly with him and his team (including a handful of retired folks from his church) to help them start a community of disciple-makers on campus.
Last week we had the privilege of sharing the Gospel with a few dozen students. Oh what an honor it is to share the Gospel from John 3:16 and hear a student say, “No, I’ve never heard this before.”
I just returned from another day of ministry at Modesto Junior College with the local disciple-makers, Bob, Chinh and Andrew. Spending a day on campus sharing the Gospel and inviting students to learn how to read the Bible is so rewarding!
The four of us grabbled lunch afterward as well to talk and dream of next steps in multiplying disciples at Modesto JC. I am already looking forward to the next time!
And something special about this picture:
Bob (top right) discipled me.
I discipled Chinh (second from right).
Chinh is discipling Andrew (second from left).
That's four generations! May the Lord continue to use us to make disciples who make disciples.....
"and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also" -2 Timothy 2:2
About ten years ago, Bob and his family moved to Merced to start making disciples on campus at Merced College. I am so thankful that he discipled me and taught how to more fruitfully multiply my life.... especially on college campuses!
A few days ago Bob and I went on campus together at Modesto JC to do some evangelism, and as usual..... what a fruitful time. As we were leaving campus, we remarked to each other that there is not a single time that we show up on campus and fail to have fruitful connections with students.
Bob surveyed a young man (picture below) who was very interested! Bob taught him how to do a One Thing Study and invited him to meet up again on campus. And Bob also plans to take him out to lunch sometime soon.
Oh how amazing it is to me (still... after all these years) that college students are so hungry for Jesus and for relationships with those (even old folks like me and Bob!) who would invest in them.
"The harvest is great,
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.