For the first few years of my life, I attended church with my family with some regularity, but the Bible stories I heard fell on deaf ears. Any Christian exposure I received early in life fell on rocky soil, and by age nine or ten I had self-applied the term "atheist." In high school and college I coasted along, trying to find life and fulfillment in almost anything I could. I ended up exhausted, emotionally disoriented, and I didn't know where to turn.
From listening to stories from friends and campus ministry staff with the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach), I've heard that far too often this is the story of many college students. Pew Research noted that "The fastest growing religion in the U.S. is atheist, agnostic or nothing in particular," and in 2016 The American College Health Association found that "53% of students feel hopeless." The college campus is a critical mission field.
I've been in the shoes of an unbelieving college student, far from God and trapped in a web of self-interest, and I've been the beneficiary of God's grace that delivered me from lifelessness. Thankfully, once I was emptied out, God was ready to fill me. I began to read the Bible and turned to church, where I was discipled and even encouraged to minister to others.
But what about the many students who do not yet have a Christian community encouraging them, or those who still lack hope and are struggling without a vision for their lives?
I feel a great burden for these students, and sense God's call to minister to them. I'm excited to share that I recently accepted a campus ministry position with the CCO at Fresno State University, Fresno Pacific University, and Fresno City College where I will partner with a CCO veteran, Geraud, and a local congregation to invite students into a relationship with the One who loves them unconditionally.
I'm also excited to share my testimony with "so great a cloud of witnesses" (Hebrews 12:1) and to turn to you for support. I'm trusting God for my full support of $2000 each month to reach students with the Gospel. If you share my burden for young people, perhaps you will partner with me in this ministry through your prayers and financial support. Giving information is included.
I'm so grateful for you. I look forward to sharing stories of what God is doing in students' lives!