The university campus is a place where students gather from around the world to pursue knowledge; it is also here that God gathers students together to pursue Him. God is using discipleship, the intentional one-on-one mentoring among fellow believers, through university students across the nations, including right here at Florida State.
The apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:2, “…and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” We can observe here a pattern of discipleship: Paul has taught Timothy how to pursue Christ and instructs him to pass it on, but not to just anyone. He urges Timothy to entrust this knowledge to faithful men who will be able to teach others also: that’s at least four spiritual generations.
One of the greatest blessings of ministering on the college campus is being able to see the Gospel being advanced through the third and fourth spiritual generations!
From Paul to Timothy
I have been discipling Emily, a senior studying Marketing, for a year. She is currently in the process of making many life-impacting decisions, so we have been going through a Bible study on Discerning God’s Will and reading Trusting God by Jerry Bridges. Emily has already begun making decisions, and with each one she faces, she is learning how to pursue God.
I love working with college seniors because I have the opportunity to help them think about the future and what it means to labor for a lifetime. Will you pray for my time with Emily as she prepares for life in the “real world”?
From Timothy to Faithful (Wo)men
Emily began discipling Sammi, a junior, a year ago as they spent time together in God’s word and prayer. Emily shared it was then that she “got a glimpse of who Sammi was, and a glimpse of who she could become: a strong woman of God who courageously relies on Him daily.” Since then, they have pursued growth in several areas, including a personal walk with God, leadership and influence, overcoming sin, and humility.
From Faithful (Wo)men to Others
Sammi also co-leads my freshmen Bible study on Tuesday nights. Here she met Jordan; they have recently begun meeting together and initiated an Investigative Bible Discussion group in Jordan’s dorm. It is in this group where Jordan has been able to invite the friends she has made on her floor to join her and Sammi and two other students in our ministry to ask questions about Jesus, the Bible, and other spiritual topics in a safe environment. So far, 10 students have joined this group and are being exposed to the Gospel, some for the first time!
What a blessing it is to be part of the Gospel being advanced on the Florida State campus with these young women. Thank you for all of your prayers and support to help make this possible! Please continue praying for these women, that the Gospel would be advanced in and through them, and that we would lose count of the generations that follow after them!
“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
The LORD is faithful to all his promises
and loving toward all he has made.”