Preparing dinner for 100 of our houseless friends.
Spring Break Mission Trip
Our annual trip to Puyallup Washington took us to work with the houseless and needy. We were in awe of how God works and builds love and community in what we would call lowly circumstances. We were able to witness a model of God's community amongst the houseless. Our students were also given opportunities to share their stories which drew our community even closer together.
Our team working at the Puyallup Food Bank
Idaho Veritas Forum
Overflow Seating for Veritas Forum.
Every year, the campus ministries at Idaho and WSU host the Veritas Forum. Veritas is the latin word for "truth". The forum was started at Harvard University as a place to discuss issues of the day with Christian and non-christian professors and allow college students the opportunity to join in the conversation. This was our fourth year to host the conference and it was the biggest attended on both campuses. We had 410 students attend at Idaho and 500 attend at Washington State. The topic this year focused on the questions of where do meaning and purpose for life come from? Troy Van Voorhis, a Christian Chemistry Professor from MIT, joined us to discuss the topic with philosophy professors from Idaho and WSU. This forum is a great opportunity to model and invite students and faculty into a passioned yet friendly discourse between two opposing sides of a question. Both universities embrace this forum by providing partial funding for the event.
Sunday Night Dinners at the Agidius' House
One of staples of our ministry from the beginning has been our Sunday night student dinners. For the last two years, Paul and Cindy Agidius have graciously volunteered to hold the dinners at their house on Moscow mountain. These dinners provide a great opportunity for students to bring friends to connect with our community. Paul and Cindy's house provides a great space for cookouts, s'mores, and outdoor activities. We are so blessed by their hospitality to us and our students.
Eric with Idaho graduate Joe Prior who is currently working with the Forest Service in Southeast Alaska. Rough gig :)
Graduation: Good Times and Tough Goodbyes
Part of the circle of life in campus ministry involves graduations and saying goodbye. We are blessed to send out some amazing students to their God given vocations to bring His kingdom crashing into earth. We are blessed as well to have a plethora of adult volunteers such as the Lindquists who love on and mentor our college students during their journey here on the Palouse. Consider opening your life and home to a college student in your town and see where God will take you together.
Eric with Idaho graduate Mikayla Pierson -
WSU Graduates: (l-r) Veronica Elsenroad, Kevin Moseley, Taylor Penney, and Chris Marshall. They are pictured with their Care Group Leaders Ray and Joanne Lindquist
Macie and her best friend Emma feeding the ducks in Lewiston.
It's hard to believe that four years have flown by so fast. Macie finished her first year of preschool and competed in her first season of soccer. She loves watching ballet and gymnastics and performing around the house so those may occupy the near future as well. She keeps Mom and Dad on their toes to say the least. We are so blessed as a family and we thank you for your continued prayers and support.
We appreciate your prayerful support of our family and ministry. Here are some items for which we would appreciate your prayers.
Eric's second year of his Counseling degree continues in August as well as a counseling internship. Pray for God's wisdom and discernment to blend studies, internship, and ministry for His glory.
Macie's second year of preschool - that she does well and continues to enjoy her friends and teachers.
Student and Adult College Care Group Leaders - pray for wisdom and discernment for our leaders as they boldly call students into community and discipleship.
Impact's New Development Team - Pray for Impact's new leadership team (Lowell Kosak, Jeff Vanderlaan, Ellen Luke, and Marty Solomon) as they work with the Impact board to chart a course for the future of Impact Campus Ministries.
New Impact Staff Recruits Chuck and Andrea Simmons and their family - The Simmons are joining the Impact staff this summer and are currently praying for what campus God is leading them to and they are support raising as well. Pray for clarity as to where God is leading them and for their support raising efforts.
Pray for our continued support raising efforts this summer and fall. We are currently traveling in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Illinois to connect with current supporters and meeting with potential ones. We will head back to Idaho the first week of August.