It has been an amazing start to the new year with the CRU students on the NMMU campus! It is crazy to think that we have been here in P.E. for nearly 2 months now and on the NMMU campus for 1 month. Time seems to be flying by!! Over these last 2 months our team has been blown away by all the Lord has been doing in the lives of students here on the 2 key campuses we are focusing on which are the North and South NMMU campuses. Over the course of the past STINT year, 7 students took a leap of faith and stepped up as leaders in the movement. Each of these students are such a blessing and have such a huge desire to see students lives changed by the gospel and their excitement for all God is doing and going to do on this campus is so incredibly encouraging. Over the course of the past few weeks, we have had a few of our leaders step down due to being overwhelmed with classes and studies. Though we are sad to see them step out of their leadership roles, we are trusting God that His plans are bigger than we could ever imagine and He is working through it all. We had the awesome oppourtunity to have our first few student leadership meetings so far within these past two weeks and it has been so neat to see the big dreams and visions the Lord has given these student leaders for the students on their campuses. Their excitement has caused myself and our team excited as well about dreaming big for this year and the years to come!! (Yay STINT team 2013!) I wanted to share with you all a few of the things our NMMU CRU ministry is dreaming BIG for this year:
- 1000 Gospel Presentations
- 20 people to trust Christ
- 7 involved new believers
- 100 new students showing up to the weekly meetings(one on North Campus and one on South Campus)
- Praying for a bible study in each residence hall on campus
- Praying for each of our 5 current student leaders to be involved in discipleship as well as discipling 2-3 new believers themselves
…and that is only for the Fall 2012 Semester!!!….And now here we are 2 months into STINT and it has been amazing to see how God has already been showing us how He has amazing plans for this campus and the students on these campuses. Check out all that has happened in the past month so far:
- 500 students have expressed interest in the movement and talking more about spiritual things
- 230 students have heard the gospel presentation through personal evangelism conversations
- 13 people have made a personal decision accept Jesus and to walk with Him (WOOHOO!!!)
- 2 bible studies have been started on campus
- 18 people showed up to our 1st weekly meeting on North Campus (nearly double last years number)
- 45 students came to our 1st weekly meeting on South Campus
…..and above all students are haring the Gospel and lives are being reached and changed through HIS grace and love! And truly we are so incredibly blessed to be apart of it all!! I would love if you would join us in praying for these campuses and these students who are both leaders as well as the many new students we are meeting each day, many of which are hearing of the gospel for the first time. There is definitely a hunger for truth and grace as well as a deep rooted cultural history that at many times can cause walls to be built up against walking with Jesus and what it really means to be in a relationship with the Lord, rather than simply involved in a religion. Lately I have been continually overwhelmed by the Lords love or us as His children and the deep longing of the Fathers heart to take care of us and free us from the burdens of religion and the burdens we carry with us whether it be from family issues, relationship issues, personal struggles, etc. His love is LIMITLESS and He promised to be the SOLID ROCK on which we can stand when everything else seems to slip away. My heart breaks for the students who don’t know this love and many who are blinded to His love for each of us. My heart is that through the conversations myself and my team have on these campuses, that the Lord would speak His love through our lives and we might reflect more and more of the Fathers heart and love and less and less of ourselves.
I wanted to share with you all a video of one of our wonderful student leaders named Sibulele who took a step of faith and shared her testimony at the 1st weekly meeting on South Campus. Her understanding of grace and his all consuming love is overwhelming and is what many students here seem to grapple with the most. I hope that this video is as encouraging to you as it is to me!
Praying that Sibulele’s testimony is just the beginning of the many testimonies we will hear over the course of this year as we continue to dream big and remember NOTHING is impossible with God! So blessed to be living for HIS glory and seeing lives being renewed with hope and life….its exhilarating!
Love you all!! ~Karissa
“And God is able to make all grace abound in you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “He has scattered abroad His gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” ~2 Corinthians 9:8-9
“For it is by grace that we have been saved, through faith- and it is not of yourselves, it is a gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are Christ’s workmanship, created to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” ~ Ephesians 3:8-10