This time of year is always filled with mixed emotions. It is so exciting to see students reach their goal of graduating from college, yet we know that next year will be different without having them around. Sometimes we wonder how much of an impact we have been able to make in a student's life. Often we wish that we could have invested more in these students. We don't always get to see the fruit that we want to see, but we trust that the Lord is working in His way and in His timing. I
t is very encouraging to us to hear from students, and even some parents, about how meaningful this ministry has been to them. We received this note from one of our graduating seniors...
And a parent of a current student also sent us a card, thanking us for being a positive influence. She wrote, "knowing you're there to help [students] walk a righteous path in the midst of worldliness has given us great peace." Many of you know (and others of you can surely imagine) what it is like to send a child off to college, hoping and praying that they will not be led astray, but follow Christ. It is even more concerning when the college has a reputation for partying, and there are few Christians on campus, but that is why we are here. We wanted to pass those notes along to you all as well because you have helped to make this ministry possible. We recognize that we are merely a part of a larger team of people who have a heart to see URI students being discipled and making disciples. For the times that you have prayed for us and the students, and for those of you who have given financially, thank you for your part of the Lord's work here. These are students whose lives have been impacted by your faithfulness. Several of them are entering careers pharmacy, others in education, another in business, and one will begin an internship in ministry soon. We pray that each of them will follow Christ, wherever they may go.
We have also had the chance to catch up with several of our alumni this month. We ended up talking with one of last year's graduates through most of the main graduation ceremony. She was so encouraging as she told us what the Lord has been teaching her in recent months, and how our ministry helped her during college and to prepare her for today.
Then last weekend we attended the wedding of one of last year's graduates. It was a joy to celebrate with her and her family, and to hear how her walk with the Lord has influenced others.
In the day to day life of ministry, we can lose sight of the joy that it is to walk with students, pointing them to Jesus. It is not always encouraging, but we have been blessed this month with many people and occasions to remind us that God is faithful and working. As the apostle Paul said, "I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings" (1 Cor 9:23). We hope that you are encouraged and blessed as well.
Matt & Alis