|The UTD students whooshing. Altogether around 430 people were at camp.|
As someone committed to revival, renewal, reformation, and kingdom revolution, I leaned forward to hear what answer he would put forward. He proposed two reasons:
1. "They fail to grasp how long it's going to take." We all like the idea of quick, easy, cheap, painless change. We balk at the reality of staying in the process, paying the price, and making the necessary sacrifices. Even if Jesus' followers thought His mission was nearly done when He came back from the dead ("Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"- Acts 1:6), He knew that they would need His continued power and presence through the Holy Spirit to take the mission to "the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
2. "They don't equip and train their followers effectively." This is what Jesus spent all His time doing, and it's what we spend all our time doing in campus ministry. Raising up leaders who can raise up leaders is the key to seeing this through.
I hope you'll reflect on these two pitfalls in your own life and ministry. Change is hard, and sustained change is even harder. My prayer is that our partnership would produce lasting change for good in you, in me, on these campuses, and in the lives of thousands of students in the years to come.
One last note: one of the hardest parts of campus ministry is consistently saying goodbye to students as they graduate and move away. I got a letter from an Indian international student who graduated from UTD in December and is moving away for a job this week. I wanted to share a few encouraging lines with you. "It's amazing how God works with different people. I guess I had to learn a lot about faith in a foreign country. When I chose UTD I really didn't think it would have a significant impact on my spiritual growth. I guess I was wrong... I will always be grateful for this community and the friends I have here. It has been a great two and half years." Thanks for helping make this kind of impact possible--it's repeated over and over each semester on these campuses.
|Saying goodbye at Ignateus' going away party.|