Shaping the Future
Justin Wallace

We started a church on a University campus because we believe we can shape the future if we reach college students with the Gospel. I often remind our staff that what we do is not just about the 4 years a student is on our campus; it's about the next 40 years after they leave campus. What we do today has a direct effect on what tomorrow could look like. 


 
A couple weeks ago I stood in front of our church and as I looked out at the faces, listened to the stories, I asked myself, "Are we raising up men and women that will shape the future?"


 
It's hard to know. Maybe even impossible to know for sure. But then a few of us went to serve alongside one of our alumni at the Matthews HELP Center. Jess Haydt is a Social Worker and coordinates a massive Christmas Outreach at the HELP Center. So many families in the Charlotte area cannot afford Christmas presents for their kids. Jess networks with several churches, businesses and individuals to create a FREE store for these families so that 

the parents can come in a shop for their kids. We helped her run the store for 

a day and we helped these parents shop for presents that would fit their children. 


 
I asked Jess to explain what she's trying to accomplish, "HELP stands for Helping Ease Local Poverty. Our mission is to help our neighbors survive financial crisis by providing short term assistance. It is such a blessing to serve my fellow Charlotteans as they are working to overcome their hardships. Some of the families are lacking a supportive community and we can fill that void. We come alongside them and provide some support and relief."

 

As I took a step back and I watched current Impact students serve alongside an Impact alumni I realized that the dream of shaping the future is becoming a reality in and through Jess as well as in and through so many other Impact alumni around the world.

Wendall Horton
Student Leader

Over the last semester, God has increased my confidence as a leader in both large and small group settings. I worked alongside two other student leaders to host a village each week where we created family and sent them on mission. In addition to helping with the village, I started a huddle where God used my skills and abilities to engage a largely undiscipled group of students: engineers. To begin the process, I had to overcome a huge battle with my priorities as schoolwork often took the forefront in my life. Finally, when I cleared time in my schedule, the group met in the freshman engineering dorm and there were three of us.  Two weeks later, it had grown to six!  By leading the huddle, I helped disciple, mentor, and build community with those young engineers. This semester, God has given me opportunities to be accessible, speak truthfully yet carefully, listen closely, and live transparently through my village and huddle.

Jessica Prince
Baptism Story

Jessica Prince is a Freshman at Charlotte and she was baptized at our Fall Retreat. 
Megan Philbeck
Intern

As this semester comes to a close, I am happy to say God has gone beyond what I could have hoped for in the start of my internship. I had the privilege to help lead our freshman Village and with that came the opportunity to start two huddles of 3 - 4 freshman girls. It has been a blessing to disciple these ladies and watch their spark for God grow. I even had the honor of baptizing one of those girls at our Fall Retreat. God has taught me to show college students how to love one another as Christ has first loved us. I hope to continue showing these girls how much Christ loves them as we begin next semester.  I've enjoyed creating family and challenging our students to reach this campus. 

Kara Teague
Intern

Being an intern for Impact this semester has taught me so many things. I have learned how to dive wholeheartedly into people's lives and help them understand who God is and what who He is says about their identity as Christians. I have also learned that every single person I encounter has their own baggage and struggles, and I must take them as they are and help them see what they have to offer this broken world. The main thing I have learned during this semester is how to use my own struggles, pain, and discouragement to encourage others in the midst of their own battles. None of this has been entirely easy, but the lessons I am learning during this internship will stay with me for the rest of my life, no matter where I am or what I am doing.

Jason Karriker
Intern

Throughout this past semester, I have helped lead a village on Tuesday nights. We don't have too many people new to the ministry in our village and most of them have been around for at least a year. While we're happy with what we have, we don't want to be complacent. We're trying to figure out what it is we can do to continue to grow so that we can actually minister to the people here on campus. I also lead a small Huddle made up of two students, one a returning student and one a freshman. We meet weekly to discuss Scripture and what we are learning from God. Honestly, this is my favorite part of the internship because I get to be with these two students as they ask and wrestle with the hard questions of God. 

49K Water Balloon Fight
On August 21st, over 2,000 students converged upon the front fields and started the school year off with a bang!  Impact hosted one of the largest events on campus. The 
has become a Charlotte tradition. This year it made the "Top 49 Things You Must Do Before You Graduate" list. 

Fall Retreat '14
Our 9th annual Fall Retreat was held Sept. 19-21 at Park Spring Camp. Nearly 50 of us went away for the weekend - including 19 new students!

The weekend included 2 guest speakers, worship, games, square dancing, lots of food, and the baptism of one of our freshman, Jess, to wrap up an amazing 3 days together.  Fall retreat is always a great reminder of who God is, and the amazing ways he is moving within our family at Impact. 
The Team 
Executive Staff
Executive Staff
Executive Staff
Intern
Intern
Intern
Spring Break
We are headed back to Mexico for Spring Break '15! We will be working with Amor Ministries once again this year to build a house for a family. This is such an amazing trip for the Impact family! We already have 15 of us going and we're hoping for a few more. If you would like to help us build a home and give a family hope, you can give a one-time gift HERE.

Here's a video from last years trip:


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