God knits hearts together so his kingdom can be advanced. When people share the singular goal of magnifying Jesus, manifesting his love to a perishing world, and mobilizing disciples to become disciple-makers, authentic community is formed. I have experienced that in a mere two weeks.
The first week in August, we attended a Lifeway conference in Glorieta, N.M., with 1,400 other collegiate ministers. It was a valuable week. As a team, we left greatly inspired to pray big prayers and expect big things from our very, very big God.
Week of Welcome is approaching where we will have opportunities to hand out flyers with food attached to them and interact with literally hundreds of students. Food and flyers are cool, but forming relationships is key.
Do these 20,000 Washington State University students know how much Jesus loves them? I wonder if God could use me to embody the love of his Son and plant seeds of hope in their lives.
God has mandated that I live as a missionary to my generation. Washington is one of the top two unchurched states in our nation. I need to ask God to give me Christ’s eyes and to embolden me, filling me with compassion so I can unreservedly reach out to those far from him.
God already has begun to introduce me to girls who realize they need Him. Countless coffee dates are anticipated!
God has given me infinite reasons to trust and praise his name. Pray I remain rooted in his sufficiency, as the days ahead cannot be about me. Fill your affections with the cross of Christ, and you will not be able to keep God’s steadfast love to yourself. We are loved with an eternal love, and we must give this love away.
Jane Owen is a student missionary correspondent serving with Go Now Missions in the Pacific Northwest.