Monday, October 31, 2011

The Time is Short: University Missions

University missions is tough. You only have a few short years to reach people before they leave your circle of influence and are gone. People who live and minister with other demographics can easily take for granted the amount of time they have to influence people for Christ, but the reality that time is short is always there for university missions.

Team CAFE in Colombia seeks to reach neglected people groups represented in the big cities. They may come due to violence in rural areas or because of economic factors. Others come for continuing education. Such is the case of J. Please pray for J that she would embrace the good news about Jesus. Pray also for the people ministering in the big cities with the “forgotten peoples”.
CAFE (ColombiA's Forgotten Ethnos) PEOPLES (cah-FAY). J is a freshman this semester. She is in a big city for the first time and is living far away from her family. The city is big and noisy and hard to navigate. College is big and noisy, and the academics are so much higher than she is used to. She has few resources and struggles to make ends meet. She doesn't know who to trust and who to believe, as so many are telling her different things.

Team CAFE writes: “This past week, J was invited by the Christian young women in the student center to join us in a new Bible study beginning on Tuesday mornings. She came, and as we went around the circle sharing who we were, what we were studying, etc., big tears began to stream down her cheeks. She could hardly talk but haltingly shared that she was feeling very alone. The Christian young women in the group embraced her.

She is finding a second home in the student center—and people who care. Pray for J and the new students in the student center. They are all in need of friends and a place to belong. Pray that they will find it in the student center and that they will be open to the Gospel and let God be the answer to the needs that they have.”

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