New Yearsfor: Students

New Years

It’s a new year; a fresh start. Some people use the New Year to make resolutions and try and better themselves, some use it to set goals on things they want to accomplish for the year, and some use it to say they are going to do things that they said they would do last year. I believe that the New Year can be a really key holiday for Campus Missionaries. It gives us a chance to set up new goals for our schools and a chance to look back on what worked and what didn’t work in our evangelism from the previous year. That is what I would like to encourage you guys to do this year in 2015. Use this year to achieve things way above anything you have done in previous years. Set goals for yourself: personal goals, goals for your school, goals for your education, etc. Take a look at how many students you saw come to Christ this past year. Set a goal to double or even triple those numbers. You can set goals with your bible club! See how many new people you can get to each bible club meeting! Try and bring 1 or 2 new people each week. Try and plan more outreaches, maybe do 1 or 2 outreaches each month. Brainstorm with your bible club and ask God what He wants you to do this year. For some of you, it will be your last year in high school, so make it count! Maybe you can make it your goal to show God’s love to at least 1 person every single day. Maybe you make a new friend every week and share the Gospel with them.

Take a look back at this past year. What worked when it came to telling students about the Gospel? What was the most successful approach? What was the least successful approach? How can you improve? Discuss these questions with your bible club and come up with the most ideal ways. Get creative and think of new approaches. Have everyone in your bible club write down 2 or 3 goals they have for their school this year and help each other achieve those goals! Maybe you don’t have a bible club yet in your school; make it your goal to have a functioning bible club in your school so that others have an opportunity to attend it. Maybe your bible club is dying out or not enough people go; take charge of it and make necessary changes to see it thrive like never before. God has great plans for all of you people, so tune in and see what it is that He wants you to do.

New Years It’s a new year; a fresh start. Some people use the New Year to make resolutions and try and better themselves, some use it to set goals on things they want to accomplish for the year, and some use it to say they are going to do things that they said they would do last...

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Christmas and The Campus Missionaryfor: Students

Tis’ the season! The time of year that many of us look forward to! It’s a season of love, being with family, and giving to others! Yet for some it isn’t as jolly. Some people don’t have a family that loves them or a family to go home to on Christmas day. Some might not have enough money to provide their children or loved ones with gifts. Some have lost family members and have somber holidays. These are all reasons why Christmas should also be a season of sacrifice. A lot of us are excited to get new clothes, cash, or maybe the new iPhone! While others of us just want money to pay for school. But there are people out there who have nothing to look forward to but an empty Christmas tree, perhaps not able to provide any gifts for their loved ones. It happens every year, and it’s really sad, but I want to encourage you all as Campus Missionaries to do something sacrificial this year around the holidays! One thing my church does is a program known as “Christmas at Bethel”, where we invite any and all troubled families to a Christmas celebration! Every year families who may struggling attend and we just love on them. All of the kids get to pick a toy; there are games, inflatables, cotton candy machines, hot dogs, professional comedians, and much more!

I am not saying you have to organize your own “Christmas at Bethel” in your area, but it is a good thing to help give you some ideas! This year I feel that, as Campus Missionaries, we should be a living sacrifice in some way. Whether it be something you and your bible club does, or something you and your family does, or maybe something you do by yourself. Let’s give to those who aren’t as fortunate as us. Some ideas would be to give some of your brand new clothes away to people who never get new clothes, or donate your Christmas money to a shelter, or a charity, or even Speed the Light. Maybe you could hang out with some of the students in your school who don’t get to have the ideal Christmas—take them out to the movies or out to dinner. Instead of spending all of your Christmas money on things you really want, set a little bit of it aside and buy gifts for those who didn’t get any. Do everything out of love, and tell people of God’s love! Through all of this, glorify Him, not yourself. Pray about it; see what God wants you to do. Maybe He wants you to do something you never even imagined yourself being able to do. After you have done something, let us know what you did! Send us a report on how it went and if you got to share the Gospel with someone!

Merry Christmas, Campus Missionaries!

Tis’ the season! The time of year that many of us look forward to! It’s a season of love, being with family, and giving to others! Yet for some it isn’t as jolly. Some people don’t have a family that loves them or a family to go home to on Christmas day. Some might not have enough money...

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Lead to Eternityfor: Students

As Christians, it is not our job to save people. That is God’s job. However, he does use us as vessels in order to tell others about His love. It is our job to show Christ’s love in everything that we do.  It says in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. But, it is not our job to save them, we are simply to lead them to God, and He takes care of the rest. But, we need to get others to that point. We need them to reach out to God so He can save them. We need to lead them to eternity by leading them to the cross. For example, when I was in 4th grade, a new kid moved in. And I instantly wanted to know everything about him, he just seemed different. Nobody else in the school really took interest in him at all, so he was already kind of lonely. After getting to know him, I learned that he came from an extremely broken family and was living with his grandparents. I also learned that he was an atheist. Through the years, I constantly had conversations with him about God and religion, and I had invited him to church many times, but he never came. Finally, in 9th grade, I invited him to one of my church’s youth retreats. He never responded to any of the services that entire weekend until we got to the last service. The speaker was talking about how God can and will forgive us of anything we have done in our past, and that there is nothing we can do to separate us from His unconditional love for us. And that’s what this student needed to hear, and he gave his life to Christ and has been forever changed. He had been taking in the information from the services all weekend, and decided that he wanted what God had to offer. After 5 years of becoming best friends with this student and taking an interest in his life, he finally gave his life to God that year. 4 years later and he is graduating high school this year and going to college to get his degree in Pastoral Ministry.

All it takes is an interest in someone’s life, and showing them that there is someone who cares about them for them to become attentive to what you have to say.  It took 5 years of constantly reaching out to this kid, but once I was able to get him to a certain spot, God took over the rest. He was able to change this student’s life in seconds, and save his life.

As Christians, it is not our job to save people. That is God’s job. However, he does use us as vessels in order to tell others about His love. It is our job to show Christ’s love in everything that we do.  It says in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them...

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Love Out Loudfor: Students

Living on purpose means to live for God, not for ourselves. And as a result of living for God, we also serve others with our life. A way to show this is by loving out loud. What does it mean to love out loud? Loving out loud means to live in such a way that others around you can see a difference in your life. It means to love on people as often as you can, always doing what you can to make others’ lives easier.  You may have heard people say “actions speak louder than words”, which is a completely accurate statement. For example, when I was in 10th grade, there was a new student who was in my gym class and his name is KayJay. KayJay had an awful life growing up. He moved from house to house, parent to parent, family member to family member, just trying to get a better life. Well, I decided to get to know KayJay better. I started to form a relationship with this student and as I did, so did my brother. We told him that if he ever needs a place to stay that he is always welcome in our house. And he did need a place to stay, many times. There were many times where he would stay at our house for multiple days at a time because he didn’t want to go home. Anytime he needed us we would do whatever we could to make sure he was okay. He started to notice all of the sacrifices we were gladly willing to make for him, he started to take an interest in our lives, and so he started coming to church with us and decided to give his life to Christ! All he needed was to see what real love actually looked like in order to make a decision to give his life to Christ.

Because we made sacrifices daily for this student after he grew up with so many let downs, he was able to see God’s love through it.  We need to be sacrificial in our everyday lives. But we need to make sure that while making these sacrifices that we are giving all of the glory to God, not ourselves. Otherwise we are just doing good things for people and trying to claim the glory, which isn’t right.  In everything we do, we need to make sure we are glorifying God through it all. Don’t just tell people you love them, show them. You could get someone a gift, or maybe mow somebody’s lawn, or even buy someone lunch. Do small things that let people know that there is someone who cares about them.

Living on purpose means to live for God, not for ourselves. And as a result of living for God, we also serve others with our life. A way to show this is by loving out loud. What does it mean to love out loud? Loving out loud means to live in such a way that others around...

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Live on Purposefor: Students

What does it mean to live on purpose? Living on purpose means to live for more than yourself. It means putting your own selfish ambitions aside and putting other peoples’ needs before yours. It means stepping outside of your comfort zone. It means to live dangerously. It’s so easy to live apathetically, but when you’re a Christian you’re called to become dangerous, and to do risky things, and put yourself out there. But you aren’t doing this for no reason, you’re doing it with the mindset of others first, which means something. Living with a mindset of selflessness. There are many times where I have been hesitant to talk to someone about God just because I don’t want them to think that I am weird. And I always regret not doing it. But there have been times where I have overcome that feeling of intimidation and talked to people, and it is always worth it. For example, when I had a class with a kid that was new, I talked to him and learned that he needed God. I made it my mission to get this kid to come to church. And every week he said he would, but never came. I would talk to him every time we had class. I was nervous to ask him most of the time because I didn’t want to bother him too much. Or I would be nervous because I didn’t want him to not be my friend just because I kept asking him. But at this point, we were close enough friends that he didn’t blow me off just because of my beliefs. And after months of asking, he finally came. And in service that night, he began to pray for God to forgive him of things he had done in his life, and something hit him so hard that he just fell to his knees in worship. He had an amazing encounter with God that night. And he gave his life to God. And that to me was worth all of the nervousness and uncomfortableness I felt along they way. In the end, God worked it all out. We just have to deny ourselves and put God and others before our own selves.  That’s what it mainly boils down to: not being selfish. Selfishness is a powerful tool used by the enemy to keep you from reaching others. Living for yourself and worldly things mean nothing. Riches are meaningless. It says in Ecclesiastes 5:10, “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.” When we learn to live for not only others, but for God as well, we learn to become less selfish. We start to live for others in this way, giving us a purpose in life.

What does it mean to live on purpose? Living on purpose means to live for more than yourself. It means putting your own selfish ambitions aside and putting other peoples’ needs before yours. It means stepping outside of your comfort zone. It means to live dangerously. It’s so easy to live apathetically, but when you’re a Christian...

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Livefor: Students

Live

We live in a generation fascinated with one of the silliest creatures known to man… Zombies. We are fascinated with the idea of the living dead, and it got me thinking about the LIVE DEAD program that has been started in countries like Egypt and other places halfway around the world where the word of God is never heard of and Christians are persecuted daily for their faith. Now some of you are thinking, how does this apply to me?”  My response to you is : it’s time to adopt the idea behind the Live Dead initiative. The missionaries in the Live Dead program have made the choice to lay their own lives down and to serve the Kingdom of God daily. They wake up each morning dead to themselves and know they might lose their lives preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s time that we adopt that lifestyle as we walk into our schools everyday and die to ourselves and have the great commission at the forefront of our minds and focused on allowing Jesus to work through us in order for him to save our school, so that they can might be able to embrace their loving God. We are always saying how we want to be like Jesus but, wasn’t he the first zombie? Now I don’t mean to suggest Jesus was a mindless dead body. But think about this: Not only did he actually rise from the grave, but he lived everyday as the son of God and dead to his flesh and let Gods power flow through his worldly body. It’s our responsibility to follow the example Jesus Christ has set before us and to do that on our campuses. We need to walk onto our campus knowing we are dead to ourselves and able to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ clearly and powerfully to our peers.

Live We live in a generation fascinated with one of the silliest creatures known to man… Zombies. We are fascinated with the idea of the living dead, and it got me thinking about the LIVE DEAD program that has been started in countries like Egypt and other places halfway around the world where the word of God...

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Prayerfor: Students

Hello Everyone,

It’s been awhile since we have last updated our blog, but after a very busy season we are so glad we are able to help you focus on being a missionary to your campus. It’s always nice to remember our fundamentals as campus missionaries and to remember to pray daily for our school and those that we hope to reach by living our lives for our lord Jesus Christ.  Romans 10:1 says “Brothers, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is that they may get salvation.”  Prayer is so essential to our own faith, not to mention how much of it can affect whether your friends at school get saved by the healing blood of Jesus Christ. We approach school as being very monotonous and boring, but what if we were to wake up each morning and pray to our beautiful God that He would allow us to take hold of every opportunity to share His Word and speak the love of God into our friends lives. School starts to look a lot more like a missions trip than it does as a boring place that teaches us Algebra, English, and Science. Prayer is so essential to your everyday life and has the power to do anything we could think of. James 4:3 says “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” this means that we have ask God  for the COURAGE, WISDOM, BOLDNESS, and PATIENCE to witness to your campus for a pure heart so that he can work through us when we ask for his blessing and help. Pray daily and allow God to work through you on your campus.

Hello Everyone, It’s been awhile since we have last updated our blog, but after a very busy season we are so glad we are able to help you focus on being a missionary to your campus. It’s always nice to remember our fundamentals as campus missionaries and to remember to pray daily for our school and those...

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Hitting the Wallfor: Students

When I youth pastored in Philadelphia, I rode my bicycle to the church most nice days. You would too if your other transportation was a 1985 Ford LTD Crown Vic with no air conditioning. We lived in the Lower Roxborough section of the city, on the border with Manayunk, and the church was in Upper Roxborough. The “lower” and “upper” descriptions are no joke. It was a 30-minute uphill ride to get to church, and about a 15 minute ride downhill to get home. As I pedaled day-by-day, my body adapted. I lost weight and grew muscle. I loved riding my bike to work!

We lived just a block away from where the famous Philadelphia International Cycling Championship entered and left our neighborhood. One of the centerpieces of the race was called “The Manayunk Wall,” a very steep hill in the middle of the neighborhood that separated the men from the boys. One of my personal goals, as I rode to work each and every day, was to eventually make it up the wall without stopping. The first time I tried, I had to get off my bike and walk up. When I tried it again, a few weeks later, I made it up easily. Training made all the difference.

Almost every Campus Missionary and Bible Club I know hits the wall, at least temporarily, about halfway through the year. The school year starts out strong, and we are loaded with vision and dreams of what God can do in our school. But as the year progresses, we may get tired out, or find that our efforts were not as successful as we hope they were. Sometimes we just get overloaded with the concerns of schoolwork, extracurricular activities, our jobs, and balancing life. The end of the school year is nowhere in sight. Almost everybody hits a wall.

But hitting the wall doesn’t mean your progress has to stop. The key is finding a way over, around, or through that wall. It means moving past the stalling point and progressing further towards the goal of praying, living, telling, serving, and giving on your campus for Jesus Christ. So…how do you get over the wall?

A great way to get over the wall is to do an outreach, serve your school, or hold an event. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. For example, Valentine’s Day is approaching. What if your Bible Club, or just a group of you and your fellow Campus Missionaries, created hearts with scripture on them that tell about God’s love? You could put the hearts on every locker, or just hand them out with some Valentine’s candy around school.

Whatever you do, don’t walk away from the race! Get over that wall!

When I youth pastored in Philadelphia, I rode my bicycle to the church most nice days. You would too if your other transportation was a 1985 Ford LTD Crown Vic with no air conditioning. We lived in the Lower Roxborough section of the city, on the border with Manayunk, and the church was in Upper Roxborough. The...

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The Bridge Cardfor: Students

The BRIDGE Card

bridge card

Going through school can be challenging as a teenager, not to mention if you have a faith in Jesus Christ then it has more then it’s share of challenges. Although we know of the great reward in eternity we will receive for living our faith out to the example Christ set upon the Cross for us, life can get discouraging. But although we may walk through the valley of the shadow of death we are called to proclaim the love of our God. Now, telling others about your faith can seem like a daunting task and seems almost impossible without offending someone, here is a way to show God’s Love to others and help you start the conversation of salvation with a friend by using your own story of how god has changed your entire life with his amazing and faithful love he has graced us with regardless of our past. The power of the Bridge Card is YOUR story, it really is your testimony that gives it the power for you to relate to others and help them understand salvation. As you walk through your story, point out each verse with the corresponding block of the card. The goal of the card, is to tell others that Jesus bridged the gap between Him and us, and that they to walk on that bridge and take part in the everlasting life God has presented us with.

 

The DesireThe thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10 NLT)

 

The Problem

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. (Romans 3:23 NLT)

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 NLT)

 

The Answer

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NLT)

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8 NLT)

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. (Ephesians2:8, 9 NLT)

 

The Response

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (1 John 1:9 NLT)

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. (Romans 10:9, 10 NLT)

There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 NLT)

The BRIDGE Card Going through school can be challenging as a teenager, not to mention if you have a faith in Jesus Christ then it has more then it’s share of challenges. Although we know of the great reward in eternity we will receive for living our faith out to the example Christ set upon the Cross...

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Servefor: Students

SERVE

Jesus says in Matthew 6:24 “No one can SERVE two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be to the one and despise the other. You cannot SERVE God and money.” Jesus explains that it’s our mission as followers of our amazing Creator to SERVE God and His mission, but nothing else. We are not asked to serve ourselves or our selfish wants. In Matthew 10:45 Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to SERVE, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

As Campus Missionaries we are called to fulfill God’s will on our campus through SERVING others and their needs. We are also called to SERVE and start Campus Clubs for the purposes of evangelism. What does that look like? Evangelism can be as simple as showing God’s Love to those around you in little ways. There are tons of ways to SERVE your campus, and that includes walking in your faith everyday. In order to share your faith in God with others in every way possible, consider setting some goals and working towards them. So what are your goals to SERVE God and His Mission?

Here’s a few ideas to get you started:

-Start a Bible club

-Buy someone lunch

-Share your faith with an unsaved friend

-Invite a friend to youth group

-Carry your bible around school

-Do a school project based upon your faith

SERVE Jesus says in Matthew 6:24 “No one can SERVE two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be to the one and despise the other. You cannot SERVE God and money.” Jesus explains that it’s our mission as followers of our amazing Creator to SERVE God and His...

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TELLfor: Students

A normal human being will speak at least 10,000 words a day. Thats a lot of words!  But what do we say with these words? Matthew 12:36 states “I tell you, on the day of judgement people will give account for every careless word they speak.” So every word counts! What are you saying to those around you with the thousands of words you speak every day.

We are challenged as Campus Missionaries to TELL our story, the story of how God radically changed our lives. In order for our friends to come to Jesus, we must show Him in every action we perform, every word we say, and every attitude we display in all situations. TELL your story and see what happens…see who is impacted…see what God truly has for you! In Revelation 12:11 it says “They overcame [the enemy] because of the Lamb’s blood, and because of the word of their testimony. They didn’t love their life, even to death.” Our Testimony is the culmination of our experiences, adventures, and situations we faced before and after we met our Lord God, and accepted His Son as our Savior… So by our testimony and the blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ, we have overcome the advesary. With See You At The Pole taking place yesterday, people may be asking questions. Get ready to TELL them about a God that is so caring and loving that He sent His Son to die upon a cross for us. Share the good news and your testimony!

A normal human being will speak at least 10,000 words a day. Thats a lot of words!  But what do we say with these words? Matthew 12:36 states “I tell you, on the day of judgement people will give account for every careless word they speak.” So every word counts! What are you saying to those around...

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LIVEfor: Students

LIVE…what does it mean?  By definition, it means “to remain alive”. As campus missionaries, we are asked to Pray, Live, Tell, Serve, and Give! God has called us to live out our faith, and to live out His word. In order to live out our faith and represent Christ in our schools, we must be in His Word daily and personally worship Him.

 

When walking through our schools, God wants His presence to be evident in everything we do. This includes our speech, our decisions, and our actions. We should totally be engulfed in Gods word! We can’t ever leave the house without our phone our wallet, but what if we did the same with our Bibles and carried them everywhere? We at Youth Alive encourage you to carry your Bible this month!

 

As you live your life for God, it should be evident. Don’t be afraid to show it! Wear clothing letting others know that you love the Lord Most High, carry your Bible, and worship God all day, every day!

 

Matt. 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

LIVE…what does it mean?  By definition, it means “to remain alive”. As campus missionaries, we are asked to Pray, Live, Tell, Serve, and Give! God has called us to live out our faith, and to live out His word. In order to live out our faith and represent Christ in our schools, we must be in His...

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Pray! Pray! Pray!for: Students

Ok, so summer has come to an end, which means that schedules begin to pick back up with sports, school work, family functions, clubs (and everything else that we sign up for and complain about secretly behind our parents backs). But one thing to keep in mind this whole school year no matter what is in front of you is prayer. James 5:16 states “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” As we take our stand in our schools for our faith we must remember that we aren’t representing ourselves, but our Holy Creator God and His Son He sent to die upon a cross, Jesus Christ.

Stated in the verse of James, prayer is powerful and an effective tool at our disposal. Prayer is what separates us from other religions in that we are having an actual conversation with our Creator…and He listens! In order for your ministry to be strong you must rely on God to help you every day in order to witness to your school effectively, be an example of Christ, and to season your words with graciousness. You don’t get want to get caught saying something stupid and looking like the kid who passed gas in the middle of class and everyone staring at you. 🙂

Be practical in your prayer life; develop a list that you pray for everyday and continually pray for those situations and people. Also, come together with a group of people every morning before school starts and pray for your Bible Club to reach out to others, and that your walk with God is evident.

Ok, so summer has come to an end, which means that schedules begin to pick back up with sports, school work, family functions, clubs (and everything else that we sign up for and complain about secretly behind our parents backs). But one thing to keep in mind this whole school year no matter what is in front...

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Taking Initiative – Part 3for: Students

The 1-Month Callenge

Editor’s Note: We’ve been doing a series called “Taking Initiative.” The commitment of a Campus Missionary, and the desire to impact a school for Jesus Christ, requires that we think and act creatively to accomplish this goal. Taking initiative means that we actively try to share and demonstrate our faith in school. For the next few weeks we will look at some different initiatives that you can take on in your school as you Pray, Live, Tell, Serve and Give.

When I was in high school and had fully committed my life to Christ, I made a conscious commitment to live my life with the mission of God in mind: to seek and save that which is lost (Luke 19:10). I also took a great interest in my own growth as a Christian. I started doing something that helped me fulfill both of these objectives at the same time; I started carrying my Bible with me at school. Even better, I started reading it at every opportunity that came along – downtimes, study halls, extra time after I had completed a test, etc. What started as an attempt to read my Bible more with the time available to me turned into an opportunity to share my faith.

People started to notice when I was carrying my Bible around. Why? Because nobody does that. I even had a teacher jokingly ridicule me in front of the class because I was reading my Bible when I had completed a test. That may seem like a bit of a challenge, but I was thankful that attention was drawn to the living Word of God, how valuable it was to me, and how it was changing my life. There wasn’t a fancy name or organized initiative for it back then. I was just a guy trying to be devout in my faith. But now we do have a name for it: The 1-Month Challenge.

It’s pretty simple: for one month carry your Bible with you everywhere you go. Don’t tuck it away in your backpack or purse, but carry it in your hand is a visual display your commitment to Christ and your desire to pray, live, tell, serve, and give as a missionary for the Gospel. Make it a physical version of the Bible rather than a digital version on your iPod. Everybody does stuff on their iPod in their spare time, so no one will really think anything of it if you’re reading your Bible on it. But an actual physical edition of God’s Word will make people notice what you’re doing. Then they’ll start to ask questions. Carry it everywhere: school, work, home, church, the mall, the movie theater, football games, hanging out with your friends, everywhere!

Start by committing to do this for one month, just 30 days. See where that takes you and the conversations it opens up. Then consider making it a part of your lifestyle. Here’s some great resources to help you:

National 1-Month Page

1-Month Video[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/28532190[/vimeo]

The 1-Month Callenge Editor’s Note: We’ve been doing a series called “Taking Initiative.” The commitment of a Campus Missionary, and the desire to impact a school for Jesus Christ, requires that we think and act creatively to accomplish this goal. Taking initiative means that we actively try to share and demonstrate our faith in school. For the...

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Taking Initiative – Part 2for: Students

Editor’s Note: Last week we had the first of a series called “Taking Initiative.” The commitment of a Campus Missionary, and the desire to impact a school for Jesus Christ, requires that we think and act creatively to accomplish this goal. Taking initiative means that we actively try to share and demonstrate our faith in school. For the next few weeks we will look at some different initiatives that you can take on in your school as you Pray, Live, Tell, Serve and Give.

30 Second Kneel Down

Long before Tim Tebow made taking a knee in prayer popular, students were bowing for prayer in their schools. The 30 Second Kneel Down began over 15 years ago from the vision of a guy named Tom Sipling. The initiative is simply to take 30 seconds at the start of each school day to bow your knee and pray, perhaps at your locker, and ask God to help you through the day. You can also take time to pray for your friends, your school, your family, or anything else that may be on your mind.

You can actually pray for quite a lot in 30 seconds. And when you’re kneeling in your school for prayer while everyone else is getting books out of their locker or hurrying to get to class before the bell rings, 30 seconds will seem like an eternity! But I challenge you to take initiative and pray for 30 seconds on bended knee to start your school day. The 30 Second Kneel Down is an open, visual display of your commitment to God and your commitment to pray for your school.

Originally, the following pattern was recommended for the 30 Second Kneel Down:

  1. Give thanks for 10 seconds. “Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!” (1 Chronicles 16:8 ESV).
  2. Pray for your School for 10 seconds (students, teachers, administration). “And when He (the Holy Spirit) comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment…” (John 16:8 ESV).
  3. Pray that God will use you to spread the Gospel to those in need for 10 seconds. “We are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” (2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV)

You can follow that pattern, or you can spend the 30 seconds praying however you wish. The 30 Second Kneel Down organization cited the following stats about what could happen if Christian students everywhere prayed for 30 seconds to start the school day:

  • 10 students x 30 seconds x 180 school days = 15 hours of prayer each school year
  • 30 students x 30 seconds x 180 school days = 45 hours of prayer each school year
  • 100 students x 30 seconds x 180 school days = 150 hours of prayer each school year

How about if every Campus Missionary in Pennsylvania and Delaware started this? Last year we had 589 Campus missionaries. That’s over 883 hours of prayer each school year!

Editor’s Note: Last week we had the first of a series called “Taking Initiative.” The commitment of a Campus Missionary, and the desire to impact a school for Jesus Christ, requires that we think and act creatively to accomplish this goal. Taking initiative means that we actively try to share and demonstrate our faith in school. For...

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Tell Us How Your See You At The Pole Wentfor: Students, Youth Leaders

Hey Campus Missionaries!! Use the comment section below to tell us how your See You At The Pole went!

I was at New Castle High School in New Castle, PA and about 45 students came out. It was awesome! Tonight they are doing an event at their school to share the gospel, and a few of the students at the flag pole were passing out invitations to the event afterwards.

How was your See You At The Pole?

Hey Campus Missionaries!! Use the comment section below to tell us how your See You At The Pole went! I was at New Castle High School in New Castle, PA and about 45 students came out. It was awesome! Tonight they are doing an event at their school to share the gospel, and a few of the...

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Taking Initiative – Part 1for: Students

Editor’s Note: Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring a series called “Taking Initiative.” The commitment of a Campus Missionary, and the desire to impact a school for Jesus Christ, requires that we think and act creatively to accomplish this goal. Taking initiative means that we actively try to share and demonstrate our faith in school. For the next few weeks we will look at some different initiatives that you can take on in your school as you Pray, Live, Tell, Serve and Give.

See You At The Pole

The national day of student led, student initiated prayer will take place Wednesday, September 26. Every Campus Missionary should be a part of this event. Prayer is the first commitment of a Campus Missionary, and the opportunity to join with other students from your school who are gathered for prayer is something you won’t want to miss. Here are some ways that you can take initiative:

Arrange. Talk with your parents or some friends to make sure you have a ride, or to see if they need a ride to See You At The Pole. You don’t want the day to arrive and realize you can’t get there because you haven’t made arrangements. Arrange your schedule and your life to get there.

Advertise. Print off posters to hang up around your school (be sure to get permission first). Ask the person in charge of your school announcements if an announcement can be made about See You At The Pole.

Lead. Who is coordinating See You At The Pole at your school? Can you help that person or group? If no one is taking that initiative, then you should lead it. Check out this video. It gives helpful hints for planning and leading your See You At The Pole.

Catalyze. Dictionary.com defines the word catalyst as “a person or thing that precipitates an event or change.” See You At The Pole will energize and encourage Christian students in your school. How can you harness that energy for a greater impact that lasts beyond one day? Consider asking the students in attendance if they would meet once each month (or week) for prayer. Maybe your fellow students gathered around the flagpole are the founding members of a Bible Club that doesn’t yet exist in your school. Catalyze a movement for Christ in your school by harnessing the energy of See You At The Pole.

Editor’s Note: Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring a series called “Taking Initiative.” The commitment of a Campus Missionary, and the desire to impact a school for Jesus Christ, requires that we think and act creatively to accomplish this goal. Taking initiative means that we actively try to share and demonstrate our faith in...

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Anyone Can Be A Campus Missionaryfor: Students

Sierra is a great Campus Missionary and co-leader of her Bible Club near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She first came to church after being invited to See You At The Pole and a Bible Club meeting at her school. Because of the impact of other Campus Missionaries, Sierra was able to know Christ and become a great Campus Missionary herself. Here’s what she says about being a Campus Missionary:

Anyone can be a Campus Missionary. John 14:1 says, “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these…”

The message of this verse is phenomenal. Jesus turned water into wine, healed the blind, and raised the dead to life. But this verse tells us we can do more than that. We can use this same power to glorify God.

I encourage any student reading this article to become a Campus Missionary. It’s a decision that will change your life forever. Don’t over think it. Everyone on Earth isn’t called to be a youth pastor, senior pastor, or even the president of his or her Campus Club. But, everyone is called to lead people to Christ.

I love what Sierra ends with, “everyone is called to lead people to Christ.” Paul said, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” What are some of the ways you can make an appeal for God in your school?

Sierra is a great Campus Missionary and co-leader of her Bible Club near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She first came to church after being invited to See You At The Pole and a Bible Club meeting at her school. Because of the impact of other Campus Missionaries, Sierra was able to know Christ and become a great Campus Missionary...

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From One Campus Missionary to Anotherfor: Students

OK, so who’s having tons of fun spreading God’s word?  I know I am!  And I guess I should ask who’s having some trouble spreading God’s word?  Is it fear—you don’t think people will accept you and your beliefs—or do you just not know what to say, etc.? I know exactly what this feels like so I’m gonna give ya a little advice on how I coped with this!

First of all, there is no need to fear because:

  1. Jesus is with you every step of the way.
  2. It’s a good way to make friends with someone you don’t know.
  3. Being rejected is not your fault, you did everything right they just don’t feel it’s right for them.
  4. Your friends won’t think anything less of you just because you are expressing what your beliefs are. They’re your friends and they were before you expressed your beliefs!

Not knowing what to say…I’ll start with first approaching someone because that is sometimes difficult.  Well with any person just start out with an everyday conversation. Sometimes it can lead to a spot where a friend is having a tough time, and you can say something like, “Well, Jesus has always helped me when I’m down, He’ll help you too.” That was how my very first campus missionary conversation started out!  Maybe that doesn’t happen so you have to bring up God in a different way, such as asking that person what they think about Christianity or telling them a story about what God did for you this week. Just have fun with it!

Now if you don’t know an answer to a question or how to answer to a remark, don’t worry. Lots of people don’t know every answer to every question.  Just tell that person you’ll have to find out–they won’t mind.  Don’t forget that you can always ask your pastor if you need any answers or help!  Remember, God won’t give you anything he knows you can’t handle!  Well, I hope that this advice will help you guys and that you will have great stories to tell!  I’ll be praying for you fellow Campus Missionaries!!

OK, so who’s having tons of fun spreading God’s word?  I know I am!  And I guess I should ask who’s having some trouble spreading God’s word?  Is it fear—you don’t think people will accept you and your beliefs—or do you just not know what to say, etc.? I know exactly what this feels like so I’m...

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Alone On Your Campus?for: Students

Have you ever felt alone as a Campus Missionary in your school? Would it surprise you to find out the Apostle Paul felt lonely from time to time, as well? Paul was a social person, even though he wasn’t married. He always stayed with people when he went from town to town, and he always took others with him on the journey of spreading the gospel. In fact, it seems as though he had difficulties being alone. He talks about this in 2 Timothy 4:9-18. In fact, he struggled with the fact that his earthly companions abandoned him in a time of need. He writes, “The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them. But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength so that I might preach the Good News in its entirety for all the Gentiles to hear” (vss. 16–17 NLT-SE).

Notice that Paul did not allow his loneliness to become an excuse for why he couldn’t share the gospel. On the contrary, Paul writes that he relied on the Lord, who stood with him and gave him strength. Why? So that Paul could continue to preach the gospel. Today you may be feeling all alone. You may even feel like you’ve been abandoned in a trial or difficulty. But God is with you! Rely on Him, and continue to share the gospel with those who haven’t heard it. Keep in mind that those who sit near you in class are probably even more lonely than you are. They are just waiting for someone to be their friend. That friend is you.

Have you ever felt alone as a Campus Missionary in your school? Would it surprise you to find out the Apostle Paul felt lonely from time to time, as well? Paul was a social person, even though he wasn’t married. He always stayed with people when he went from town to town, and he always took others...

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Sticks and Stones…for: Students

Do you know the power of your words? There is an old rhyme that says, “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” The truth is words are powerful and have the capacity to build up or tear down. The words you say have the power to make you an effective Campus Missionary, or they can make you a person people don’t want to be around. This truth is not limited to those whom you want to reach as a Campus Missionary, either. If you speak negatively to teachers, parents, or others around you, it can also affect your success as a Campus Missionary.

James, the brother of Jesus wrote, “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless” (James 1:26 ESV). As a Campus Missionary you have made a commitment to live for Christ (you’ve also made a commitment to pray, tell, serve, and give). How you choose to control your tongue directly affects the effectiveness of your commitment. James says if you don’t control your tongue, you aren’t living for Christ very well. To put it another way, if you are living for Christ but refuse to control your tongue, you have fooled yourself into believing you are more committed than you actually are.

Make a commitment to honor God with your mouth. You will be a very effective Campus Missionary if you honor God with your words by building up the people around you. As David wrote, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalms 19:14 NIV).

Do you know the power of your words? There is an old rhyme that says, “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” The truth is words are powerful and have the capacity to build up or tear down. The words you say have the power to make you an effective Campus...

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Beyond the Polefor: Students

Wednesday, September 28 is the global day of student prayer around the flag pole. At 7am local time, students will pray for their schools, lift up the name of Jesus, and worship His name. Whether there is a crowd of 100+, or just one person, it will be a momentous event.

The theme for this year’s SYATP is “Converge,” based upon Matthew 18:20. Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (ESV). The idea is that Jesus is there with you every time you join together with someone in prayer. Of course, the Holy Spirit is always in you, from the moment you became a Christian. So when you come together in prayer, it’s a very special convergence (meeting together for a common reason) of each person involved—you and your friends, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus. This will happen when you are gather around your flag pole on Wednesday morning. You will bring the Holy Spirit and Jesus into your school when you pray together.

As much as I celebrate your dedication and courage in prayer at your school, I have to ask, “Why aren’t you doing this every week?” Why are you only gathering for prayer like this every fourth Wednesday in September? Doesn’t your school need the presence of the Holy Spirit (through you), and the presence of Jesus (through your prayer together with other Christians), every day? Think about it. Then think about what you can do to make this convergence happen more often.

Wednesday, September 28 is the global day of student prayer around the flag pole. At 7am local time, students will pray for their schools, lift up the name of Jesus, and worship His name. Whether there is a crowd of 100+, or just one person, it will be a momentous event. The theme for this year’s SYATP...

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Enters the Missionaryfor: Students

It was an incredible weekend, one that our group would never forget. The students were saying their goodbyes and the leaders were shaking hands and swapping stories.  ADVANCE was over. But before we left the conference center, I felt a tap on my shoulder. “I feel like God wants me to start a Campus Club at my high school” Kristen said, “How do I do it?”

Kristen was going into 8th grade and was a fairly new Christian. This was her first year at Youth Advance.

We began to pray and strategize how she could reach her campus. One step at a time Kristen began the process of launching a brand new Campus Ministry at her middle school.

She met with her principal. She found a teacher who would be willing to sponsor the club, and then she gathered together a few of her Christian friends who wanted to make a difference on their campus.

Within a month, twenty-five students were gathering in the cafeteria to worship, share their testimonies and pray together after school. A movement had begun in her middle school and students were coming to Christ. Kristen made a decision, and in that moment she became a missionary. She still is one today.

Kristen is now a junior, and leads a campus ministry at our local high school. Last year, more than sixty students gathered to pray around her flag at See-You-At-The-Pole. This year, she’s already met with a team of students over the summer and they’re fired up to re-launch their club and share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ on their Campus.

What is God asking you to do on your campus? Connect with your youth leader and start planning today.

It was an incredible weekend, one that our group would never forget. The students were saying their goodbyes and the leaders were shaking hands and swapping stories.  ADVANCE was over. But before we left the conference center, I felt a tap on my shoulder. “I feel like God wants me to start a Campus Club at my...

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Have You Heard of the 1 Month Challenge?for: Students

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Have you heard of the One Month Challenge? This is a challenge to all students and leaders to carry their Bibles with them everywhere they go. I challenge you to do it!
Don’t just carry your Bible at church, or to youth group, but make it a part of everything you are doing. Take it to school, work, the movies, home, to a friends house…you’ll be amazed at the places your Bible goes with you…maybe you should even take a picture of the great places it ends up.

Seriously, are you prepared for the courage and tenacity it will require to carry God’s Word with you everywhere? I don’t mean to carry a Bible app on your iPhone or iPod Touch. I don’t mean carrying a Bible around in your backpack or purse, hidden where it can’t be seen. I challenge you to carry your Bible with you for all to see—not as a sign of personal pride—but as a sign of humble devotion to Jesus Christ.

Here’s three good reasons to carry your Bible everywhere:

  1. Stronger Commitment. Carrying your Bible everywhere will strengthen your commitment to God’s Word and to God himself. You will be opened to questioning, and perhaps ridicule, but your resolve and dedication will exponentially increase. When I began carrying my Bible with me in 11th grade, I was treated differently—but in a that made me a stronger Christian and got me into the Word.
  2. Conversation Opener. Yes, people are going to wonder why you are carrying your Bible everywhere. So why not tell them? Carrying your Bible is a perfect conversation starter that can help you explain your devotion to Christ and share Christ with others.
  3. It’s God’s Word! Listen, do you really need a good reason to carry around your Bible? I say no! It’s God’s Word, and we should want it with us wherever we go. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Take that light with you and read it wherever you go!

So…are you ready to take the challenge?

For more information on the 1 Month Challenge, check the national Youth Alive Website.

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The First Steps in Starting a Campus Clubfor: Students

So… you’ve decided you want to start a Campus Club… what’s the next step? Getting your Campus Club off the ground depends on a number of factors, but there are generally three things that every student needs to get the club going. Let’s talk about each of those necessities.

  1. You Need Club Members. Talk with the Christians you know in your school and see if they’d be interested in joining the club. If interested, have them sign the Student Interest Sheet (PDF), which you can present to your principal and teacher-sponsor when you meet with them. This will also give you the information you need to be in contact with those who are interested.
  2. You Gotta Have a Teacher-Sponsor. How do you find a teacher-sponsor? Try asking. Start with a teacher you know, or that you know to be a Christian. If you don’t know any Christian teachers, why not a teacher if they are a Christian, or if they know if any of the teachers are Christian? A teacher-sponsor simply has to be available to be in the room when a Bible Club meeting is taking place. It’s that simple.
  3. You Can’t Have a Club Without School Approval. As a student, it’s easy to view the principal as the disciplinarian who makes and enforces rules. After all, when someone gets into big trouble, they go to the principle’s office. You should keep in mind, however, the primary job of a principal is to guide students through their education so they graduate successfully. In other words, the principal exists to help you. Youth Alive has a great guide for meeting with the principle, which you can download here (PDF). One important thing to remember is that you aren’t really asking you principal for permission to have a club, because The Supreme Court of the United States has already given you permission. Instead, you should be asking your principal how clubs are formed, what policies need to be followed to get your club started, etc.

You can do this! And if you do, you are well on the way to getting a Campus Club going in your school.

So… you’ve decided you want to start a Campus Club… what’s the next step? Getting your Campus Club off the ground depends on a number of factors, but there are generally three things that every student needs to get the club going. Let’s talk about each of those necessities. You Need Club Members. Talk with the Christians you know...

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5 Reasons to Start a Bible Clubfor: Students

Starting a Bible Club is a great and important consideration in the life of a Campus Missionary. Here’s five good reasons to start a Bible Club:

  1. You are not alone. There may be times you feel you’re all alone as a Christian in your school. The truth is there are many Christians in your school, but they are mostly afraid to stand out alone. Starting a Bible Club provides a way for Christians to easily identify one another and join together for encouragement, accountability, and outreach.
  2. You are a leader. Christians are not alone in most schools, but they won’t realize it until a leader steps up to unite them. Additionally, when you start a Bible Club, you show yourself to be a leader to those who do not yet know Christ. Many students are just waiting for someone who will lead towards Christ.
  3. You are planting a church. Every Bible Club that’s planted is actually a church plant in that school. It is an organized fellowship of believers that exists to worship God, disciple believers, and reach the surrounding culture. Just as a church functions as a light in a neighborhood, so your Bible Club will be a light in your school.
  4. The gospel is bigger than your youth group. You will be amazed at the number of Christians from different churches that will want to join with you. By reaching across church lines and joining together for the gospel, you can have a powerful impact on your school.
  5. You can reach your school—but not without help. One way or another, you need help to reach your school. A large part of that help will come from the Holy Spirit, but you will also need the help of other Christians in your school. That’s the way God has designed us.

 

Starting a Bible Club is a great and important consideration in the life of a Campus Missionary. Here’s five good reasons to start a Bible Club: You are not alone. There may be times you feel you’re all alone as a Christian in your school. The truth is there are many Christians in your school, but they...

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Promoting Your See You At The Polefor: Students

See You At The Pole is just a few weeks away, and by now I pray that you have begun to formulate a plan for putting your See You At The Pole together. Just as important as planning the actual event is promoting the event. See You At The Pole is not just an event for you and your friends, it’s an event that can and should attract Christians from all over your school, including many you may not even know. Here’s a few ideas to think about in promoting your See You At The Pole (SYATP):

  1. School Announcements. Talk to the person in charge of your school’s audio or video announcements and have SYATP announced with the date and time. This is a great way of promoting during the week of SYATP on Monday and Tuesday. Many schools allow this, some will not.
  2. Posters. Find out from the principle if you can hang up posters. Some schools will allow this, others will not.
  3. T-Shirts. If you cannot advertise over the announcements or by hanging up posters, consider yourself a walking advertisement. But some shirts from syatp.com, or make some yourself, and distribute them amongst your friends to advertise SYATP.
  4. Pole-Pass Lanyards or Wristbands. You could buy either of these items from syatp.com, or create them yourself. You can buy the lanyard rope and hook from any office supply store, and create the advertisement that will hang from the lanyard.

It’s also possible that you are able to plan your See You At The Pole because someone else is already in charge of it. That doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of what’s happening. Remember, one of the five commitments of a Campus Missionary is to “Serve.” What better way to serve then to approach the leadership and see how you can be a part, or to make some suggestions to how you could help the process.

See You At The Pole is just a few weeks away, and by now I pray that you have begun to formulate a plan for putting your See You At The Pole together. Just as important as planning the actual event is promoting the event. See You At The Pole is not just an event for you...

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Making a Decisionfor: Students

Making a decision can be one of the most trying ordeals any person can go through. Should I or shouldn’t I? What if I do? What if I don’t? Hopefully making a decision to be a Campus Missionary was not that difficult for you. Scripture is clear about our calling to represent Christ in our everyday lives. The Apostle Paul felt it was a high calling and stated, “I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24 ESV). Paul had made the decision to devote his life to Christ, and that directed the course of his life.

The decision to be a Campus Missionary makes a lot of other decisions easier. When faced with pressure to do something you know to be wrong—like cheating on a test, gossiping about someone, or telling a lie—the decision has already been made. You’ve already decided not to do any of those things because you are a Campus Missionary. Just as the Apostle Paul’s choice to devote his life to Christ drove him “to testify to the gospel” and to finish his race strong, so your decision to become a Campus Missionary helps set the direction of your future decisions. Remember, we “do not account” our lives of value, except that we may Pray, Live, Tell, Serve, and Give for Jesus Christ on our campus.

Making a decision can be one of the most trying ordeals any person can go through. Should I or shouldn’t I? What if I do? What if I don’t? Hopefully making a decision to be a Campus Missionary was not that difficult for you. Scripture is clear about our calling to represent Christ in our everyday lives....

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