Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Destino Challenge

Watching the emergence of national ethnic ministries has been a fascinating learning experience for me.

All my mission training and exposure (both in seminary and since), emphasized the importance of contextualized ministry. Intuitively, we applied contextualized ministry locally, as well, adapting ministry to nature of the campus or community.

But over the last 10-15 years, I have been privileged to associate with (and, perhaps, by the grace of God occassionally assist) ethnically contextualized ministries, Destino being one. So I was delighted to read this blog from my blogging friend "Destinoeric":

What if...? What if hundreds take the challenge?

"In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power." Acts 19:20 (NIV)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Speak Out: A Case Study in Fruitfulness

One of the most fruitful student outreaches I have ever had association with is the Speak Out English Camps with Student Venture in Hungary. (I participated while in Hungary with my family in 1995. Two of my kids have returned as counselors in the intervening years.)

For instance, during the summer of 2010, more than a quarter of the 330 Hungarian (primarily) high school students passed through the threshold of faith, trusting Christ as their Savior. Why?

If you examine the design, you could discover principles that make this a high fruit-bearing initiative.

What can we learn from Speakout's effective model?

No Secrets

In an effort to "see healing from the inside out for everyone across the campus, see freedom reign as lives are restored, and see God change us into a people of love, faith, and hope", our friends and fellow-workers at UCSD InterVarsity Christian Fellowship have created No Secrets. Have a look and listen...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Greek InterVarsity: NY Times Report Worth Celebrating

Very encouraging to read the NY Times article on Greek InterVarsity, Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship's ministry to fraternity and sorority members. Entitled, "Where Raucous in the Norm, Bible Study", the article reveals the greek ministry has 2800 active members in 367 houses on 60 universities! How cool is that?

Earlier this morning, I received from York Moore (IVCF evangelist and leader) this update,
InterVarsity is on campus with the light of Christ reaching over 34,000 students with the gospel! Over 44,000 non-Christian students are being reached and participate regularly in our 500+ campuses...
Evangelical campus ministry is alive, vibrant and growing! God is doing incredible things among this generation of students! That is reason to rejoice!