The school year finally has begun at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The staff from the Baptist Student Ministry had been preparing since the first week of August, and we finally opened the doors of our building to welcome students.
We began the school year by meeting with our last-year BSM students at a leadership dinner. We engaged with them and heard the stories from many who had returned from their summer mission trip. Our BSM goal is to make a global impact. We serve a big God, and his heart is for the nations. So, we coach our students and guide them to make an impact on the university. Students are the ones who bring more students in, and we facilitate and help them make more disciples. Help us pray for these leaders that God has placed at our university.
We had the privilege to welcome international students. It is an incredible thing to meet these people and engage with them, as many come fresh from the airport. For many, it is their first time in the United States, and we help make their transition easier. We picked people up, we fed them, and now we are praying our relationship with them may grow.
We met an international student from India who is a Christ follower. Rossey will help this semester at the BSM with the international ministry. Pray for this big opportunity.
We also welcomed freshman dorm students by helping them move their stuff into their new homes. A lot of the time, these students are not familiar with the school yet and are having a hard time leaving home. We engaged with many freshman students, and we delivered New Testaments. We will start a ministry in the dorms with a weekly evening Bible study. Pray for this ministry.
We welcomed many people. It is exciting to meet them, but it is more exciting to see who God is going to draw close to him. Pray that we find people of peace this fall semester who are waiting for the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Alexandra Granda is serving with Go Now Missions as a campus missionary intern at the Baptist Student Ministry at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.