Sunday, September 6, 2009

First Week

Yahoo! 1st week of School, done and done!

Who: 6 staff and 3 students
Where: Campus of San Diego State University
What: Invite students to bible studies
When: 1st and 2nd day of classes
Effort: Intense, long hours, hot sun, much rejection
Results: Many women, few guys...

We've been praying and praying for men. We thought we had men from last year, but due to different circumstances they did not come back to SDSU. We started the year with two male students. Double what we started with last year, but still a number that's easy to be discouraged by. So here I am, living in a household of men. Seeing up front and personal how God is using this in their lives, in my life. It's easy to see the insurmountable odds and give up. It's easy to wonder "Why? Why after so much labor last year is it so difficult to see tangible results. Even after two days of recruiting God saw fit to give us only a handful of male contacts. I see Ryan struggle with this. Feeling like we're starting all over again in the male side of things and wondering if it will always be like this. I see disappointment in Tim's eyes, knowing that last year brought about so many more contacts. I have a talk with Gabe and we discuss how difficult it is to get financial partners excited about the individual, in a culture driven by numbers and events. I don't know all what is going on in each of these mens hearts, but one thing I see constant in all of them is determination and a hope in God, not self...Yet we constantly need to remind each other, our work is not in vain.

1 Cor. 15:58 Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Please pray for men at SDSU
For male labors who will follow hard after God dispite culture apathy
For finacial partners to get behind my team, and encourage them to look at quality...not quantity

Thank you for your prayers and we know that in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

1 comment:

Ayeser said...

Ouch, that's a painful ratio of staff guys to student guys. >-< I'll be keeping the ministry in my prayers, especially because I now know so many of the staff members there. ;-)

With less than one student per staff you guys are going to go craaaazy.