Father has given Cindy and I and our church such grace with students from around the world. And these are such influential students who have the potential to profoundly impact their nation upon their return. Represented in this picture is the United States, Malaysia, Nigeria, China, France and Singapore.
Here is a photo from last night’s God’s Not Dead outreach at University of North Carolina. It was an awesome night that produced some very good questions from Muslims, Atheists, Agnostics and Christians. But the conclusion was that God is very much alive and well!
As you have probably already heard, three Muslim students were murdered in Chapel Hill this month. From all appearances, these killings were racially motivated. Deah Barakat (UNC), his wife Yusor Abu-Salha (UNC), and sister-in-law, Razan Abu-Salha (NCSU) grew up in Raleigh. Please pray for the families of these students.
Here is Cindy with Nat from Malaysia, Cici from China and Caitlin from NC. Nat is not yet a believer, but comes to our campus meeting and church each week and is so eager to know more about Father. Cici is a brand new believer who will be baptized this weekend at Campus Harvest. Then there is our dear friend Caitlin who has grown so much in the last year and is now preparing to go full time as a campus minister at UNC.
Last week Cindy and I spoke at the Every Nation Campus Ministries UNC large group meeting. The subject was REALationships: Marriage and Family. About 80 students were in attendance and it was an awesome night. They submitted some challenging questions that allowed Cindy and I to be quite transparent. But based on the feedback of the students, what we shared made a great impact.
Here we are with friend and new Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court Judge Mark Martin. It was an honor to invited to his swearing in ceremony as well as to a lunch at the Governor’s Mansion afterward. Judge Martin attends our Every Nation church here in Durham and Cindy has been a part of his intercessory team for several years.
Here is picture from our recent Chinese New Year party. As usual, Cindy and I continue to connect with incredibly influential students from China. As we have shared for years, international students are one of the most strategic missions opportunity for the church in America today.
Meet our friend Zhong Man from China. Zhong Man won the Gold Medal in fencing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He’s here for a year but will be back at the Beijing Sport University at the end of the year. Of course I challenged him to a duel with my children’s Nerf swords! Click the image to see the duel.
Happy New Year! I trust you have had a meaningful, restful and reflective Christmas and New Year holiday.
As we consider the New Year, we have the opportunity to regain our focus, make adjustments, and to dream about what God can do in us, through us, and through those we serve. With that in mind, I would like to invite you to partner with and participate in our Every Nation – Campus prayer and fasting week from January 5 to January 10. (sorry that I’m slightly late to send this out to you)
During this week, we will consecrate and position ourselves to receive all that our Father has for us this year. Please take a moment to read the Prayer Guide and join us, in whatever capacity you could, as we embark 2015 with great expectation for the most amazing move of Father’s love through our lives and ministry. If you have any questions please let me know.
Merry Christmas to you and your family. John and I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday. Christmas is a great time for us to remember the friends and partners who help make our ministry possible. So we’d like to take this moment to say “thank you” and send our best wishes to you and your family.
As ministry partners and valued friends, we thank God for your involvement in our lives. Your prayer, support and generosity allows us to impact lives for eternity each and every day throughout the year.
Thank you for standing with us. John and I are praying that 2015 will be your greatest year ever!
Sharing the Love of God together!
Cindy and John
P.S. It is not too late to consider sowing a special end of the year financial gift online to assist us in equipping campus ministers, and reaching students and internationals for Christ in 2015! Thanks so much for your prayerful consideration!
Here is the group photo from our recent International Ministry and Interest Exchange (iMix) event. We had 120+ in attendance from about 18 different nations. Many have expressed interest in joining Bible studies and visiting church. Please pray that their hearts would be open to receive the the Father’s love in our future meetings.
Here is a dear friend Melat from Ethiopia being baptized at the ENCM retreat.
She has a great passion for Jesus and her home nation of Ethiopia. Unlike many
international students who desire to stay in the US upon graduation, Melat’s heart
is to return and impact Ethiopia with the Gospel.
Here are a few more ladies from ENCM and around the world. Represented here
is Kenya, United States, South Africa, Malaysia, Ethiopia and Singapore.
What a privilege to work with these young ladies.
Fall has arrived and it truly is the season of harvest. Thank you so much for partnering with us to reach and equip the next generation gathered from NC and around the world on the campuses here in the Triangle.
Recently, we had a very successful iMix (International Ministry and Interest Exchange) outreach to new international students from Duke, UNC and NC State. It was amazing to see over 120 in attendance from 18+ nations.
This was an awesome time to share the love of Christ with new visiting scholars and students who have just arrived in the US. As we extravagantly serve these students, it makes a profound impact and often opens the door to new relationships and their heart. Most of them have now been connected to a host family from our church and we look forward to the testimonies that lay ahead.
Hey friends. I hope you’re having a great summer. All is fairly well here in North Carolina with our family. We all face our challenges, but our God is faithful.
We are taking some time this summer to visit with our ministry partners and see them personally. We are so grateful to you and our entire team who have linked arms with us to reach the nations and the next generation.
As we prepare for the new school year, I’m excited to share a new role I will be stepping into. I position has been created for me to be the Every Nation Campus Ministries regional director for the Mid Atlantic region. This is a real honor. So many amazing young ladies are answering the call to full-time campus ministry and I’ve been asked to nurture, train and develop the female Every Nation staff in this region.