Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Putting the Pieces Together

  Paying for parking is painful for me.  I'd rather park for free and walk a bit, so I knew the Lord was moving when I eagerly paid for parking last week.   I was eager because a student was in need and trusting me to help.
Alex Pickens III

I arrived early, prayed and was in place when the student arrived.  I prayed while asking if we could move our conversation to the Michigan State University (MSU) Counseling Center.  The short distance to the parking space kept the student from having second thoughts.  No parking and walking when the Lord is moving.

The Lord is moving through University Baptist Church (UBC) to reach MSU.  More than 50% of students reported feeling hopelessness, sadness or depression in a recent survey.  I am reminding MSU Spartans that Christ in us is the hope of glory.  I remind by quietly listening over lunch, texting words of hope, commenting on posts and teaching Bible study.  Because the Lord is moving, students are organizing to remind one another of the hope found in God. 
Michigan State University Counseling Center

Connection, a student-run organization, has a mission to see students of the world know, worship and grow (KWaG) as disciples of Jesus Christ.  Scholars, by God's help, are helping their peers put the pieces back together through Bible study, community service, movie discussions, spring break mission trips and game nights.  UBC is equipping Connection to do the work of ministry with prayer and financial support.  
National College Health Assessment results
While waiting in the Counseling Center, I worked the jumbled pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.  Like so many lives on campus, a puzzle requires patience and persistence.  Bit by bit, the pieces of the puzzle, and one student's life, came together last week.  I am grateful for the way the Lord is using me to bring students to know, worship and grow (KWaG) as disciples of Jesus Christ.  

Jigsaw Puzzle

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