Check out some of the secrets of Mesa College students at the “No Secrets” outreach this week.
I (Alan) can’t believe that the Spring season is upon us. I am reminded that this season is when Christians are filled with anticipation to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. I am often in awe by the way in which Christ entered our world but at the same time I am even more surprised and humbled by Jesus’ resurrection. At Mesa InterVarsity we long for God’s resurrection power in students’ lives. Many students on campus struggle with addictions and self-worth, this week a student confessed his temptation fat me saying, “Thanks brother.” There are few times where I realize the power that is behind prayer and our lives as Christians. This does not mean our aim is Christ’s power, rather it is because of his power that we are brought under his authority. Christ brings authority on campus and in our personal lives. The Holy Spirit is alive and active on campus. I have come to believe that it is the Holy Spirit who truly brings people to our events on campus. In John 11, when Lazarus died there were many that did not have enough faith to believe that Jesus could do anything. I have often felt what Martha felt when she said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Then Jesus blows me away by raising Lazarus/my broken faith to life. God gains the glory for himself and his own name. I think about the Lazarus moments in my life; our fundraising, our students, our future, our money and I realize I need to lay them down before Jesus. In San Diego we have not been able to bring on a new staff worker for Mesa because of the large need across the division, Patrick Zaccaria is our first staff hire for Mesa College in 6 years! What I am excited about is the personal development and leadership DNA that I can now pass on and the new leadership dimension that this requires of me. I know that for Anna and I we need to trust in faith that God will move in our ministries. Thanks for continuing this journey with us.
“Does God belong in the discussion about social justice?”… “Is there a connection between God and sex?”…”Does God play favorites?”
These are the questions that we have been asking to find out what UCSD students think about God and relevant issues. We set up a chalkboard with one of the questions each week in the most trafficked area on campus and asked students to “vote” and give us their thoughts. The first day, I (Anna) had a conversation with a student who was so open and wanting to learn about Jesus that I had a bible study with her right on the spot! About a half hour later, I ended up having a conversation with the editor-in-chief of “the Koala,” the most controversial student newspaper on campus. He self-identified as a secular humanist (a type of atheism) and instead of debating with him, which would’ve just been unfruitful, I just asked him questions to listen where he was coming from. We’ve been having conversations with many atheists and though it has been really hard to change their minds about God, we just hope that we can at least change their minds about Christians and that we are not just people trying to shove the Bible down people’s throats, but that we are people willing to listen. The amazing thing is that the student I talked to who wanted to learn about Jesus agreed to meet up with me again later that week AND she came to visit our church that Sunday! I asked her where she was at in her spiritual journey and she said that she is like a sponge right now, wanting to just soak everything in about God. I’m going to be meeting with her again to look at Jesus’ life together so please be praying for her! The Lord is definitely pursuing his children!
We had a very full and powerful time at InterVarsity’s Multiethnic Staff Conference last week. We talked through some challenging issues, which is what we really appreciate about InterVarsity. Check out one of our favorite talks from the week from Reverend Ken Fong.