Friday, June 6, 2008

So Here We Go!

Wow! This last year at ASU has been a year of growth and learning for both of us, as well as for the ministry at ASU! We have learned so much about one another and how we individually minister to people as well as how to minister to people as a married couple! We have made a lot of meaningful and impactful relationships with the students and staff at ASU.

Now God has shown us that our time at ASU has come to a close. The Navigators have invited us to be campus missionaries for the next two years at San Diego State University in San Diego, CA!

Valerie and I have been at with the ASU Navigators for 6 years. We have been honored with the opportunity to see God grow the ministry, from its small beginnings to becoming a well established, disciple making ministry! Because of this experience as well the gifts God has given us Navigators believe that this move would be best for us as well as the campus at SDSU!

We feel blessed to have been given this opportunity and we’re writing to invite you to partner with us in this endeavor! We’ll need a team of friends to join us in ministry through prayer and financial support. We start August 1st!

For Valerie as a student, the Christian walk and the college life seemed like an impossible juxtaposition. There are so many pulls in other directions, be it academics, boys, parties or just the feeling of freedom from parents. It was definitely a time of brokenness and it was only by God’s grace that he allowed Valerie to be strengthened through those times rather than be demolished by them. We are incredibly grateful that there were staff ladies from the Navigators who lived out the principles of 1Thessalonians 2:8 .They did this by talking with her, praying with her, coming to her recitals or just being there with her. God has now turned the tables and has allowed us to do likewise with other students.

As we go to campus, we’ll be part of an established Navigator ministry at SDSU. In the meantime we will be trained and classified as members of, “The EDGE Corps,” which is comprised of recent college graduates who will minister for one to two years on college campuses. We will be interacting with the students at SDSU in the same way that we did at ASU. We will be doing Bible study, meeting with students one to one to talk about God and life, and helping them to grow in their relationship to Jesus, while also helping them to relate to a world that is growing more and more hostile to the values of the Bible.

Our assignment as full-time missionaries is to assemble a team of prayer and financial partners. We’ll need dozens of friends who will pray faithfully and give joyfully. We will spend the next few weeks raising the funds needed to completely underwrite our ministry for this coming school year. Our funding must be in place by August 1st in order for us to be on campus full-time investing in students. On that day, we plan to greet students as they arrive on campus. Will you prayerfully consider joining our monthly partnership team?

Jesus observed in Matthew 9:36-37 that “the harvest is great, but the workers are few.” We’ve seen how students at ASU have shown hunger for more in their life and how God has allowed us to be part of their journey. We are confident that God can use us to impact the students at SDSU! Will you please pray about joining us in this exciting opportunity? We look forward to telling you more about what we’ll be doing.

Thank you so much!

Your partners in the Gospel,

Ryan and Valerie Buss

1 comment:

dadhag said...

I finally read it. It looks great. Well done.
We are all praying for you and your journey. We miss you already!
I look forward to reading the updates to your lives and fund raising efforts. God will bless your work for Him. His timing isn't ours. He knows the end from the beginning and he certainly knows the need. He calls us to faithfulness and prayer...'Be anxious for nothing but in everything......(hows that go again?). He will prove Himself to you yet again!