WOW! It's hard to believe that the BSM fall 2018 semester has come to a close! This semester far exceeded my own plans:
Please continue to PRAY for BSM, our staff, & our students.
Below are a few pictures from the Fall 2018 semester!
The last student planned event on campus this Fall was a simple event that included coffee, engaging Spiritual conversations through Soularium, and offering prayer. It was a BIG HIT! Lots of great spiritual conversations and new friends!
A few weeks ago a Sunday School Class @ my church gave the BSM funding to purchase Bibles to give way on campus. Today @ BSM FREE LUNCH we discussed “What’s so important about the Bible?” with 51 of our closest friends while enjoying pizza brought by our dear friends @ Alana Lane Baptist Church. Our friends James & Kara was back. After a great conversation about what Scripture says about itself, Tamara’s Tips on reading Scripture regularly, & what to ask yourself as you’re reading Scripture I ended with “If you don’t have a Bible of your own, come find me after lunch … I had the pleasure of giving TWO Bibles to two students. One who said, “I just told my husband that I wanted to buy a Bible but didn’t know where to buy one or what kind to buy.” These two ladies are friends and said they were going to call each other & hold each other accountable to reading Scripture. I also gave them my cell # & told them to text me if they have questions as they read through John together.
PRAY that God uses His Word to deep the spiritual journey of each of these ladies.
Allow me to tell you about two students we met as a result of BSM FREE LUNCH.
We met James two weeks ago. He came in late and ask if there was any non-pork related food. After a short conversation I assumed he was Muslim. During our conversation “Is Jesus the only way to God?” James asked “What if you knowingly sin does grace cover that & would Jesus forgive you if you do?” After lunch he ended up in a conversation with my brother, Tim, who was visiting before he flew back to Germany. James is a Seventh Day Adventist from South America. James was brought up in the small part of the Seventh Day Adventist’s that practice a strict Kosher diet and adhering to Levitical Laws. He admitted that he had strayed from his faith and was working to get good enough to be accepted by God. Obviously, we talked to him about how GRACE fits into our faith.
Kara grew up Catholic. Today she showed me scares on her arm from where the nuns hit her with a ruler as a child. She believes in God, Jesus, & the Bible. But admittedly struggles with “trusting in one person or one book.” She comes every week and is open to spiritual related conversations. I told her that I loved how open and honest she is about her faith journey and that I'd be happy to continue to talk about spiritual things whenever she'd like.
PRAY for both James and Kara that God would continue to reveal Himself to them and draw them to himself.
Since last Fall/Spring BSM has DOUBLE in size! Don't get me wrong, it's a GOOD PROBLEM to have. Providentially, we were placed in a room that holds 75-80 (even though I complained about the room @ first). But this also means:
Why am I "reflecting" @ the BEGINNING of the FALL? Well, after the past week I'm curious what God might be up to as we begin our fifth semester @ Lonestar Montgomery. As of today:
1) BSM had an amazing Kickoff that allowed us to connect with 300-400 students.
2) Over 10% of the students we met @ our Kickoff chose to sign up for our weekly reminders & express interest in begin part of BSM weekly.
3) We have wonderful local local friends & churches who partner with us to make our special events & weekly lunches possible.
4) We have an incredible relationship with LSCM Student Life.
5) We have some GREAT student leaders (leading an Explore God Group) this semester!
6) We have wonderful volunteers - both on & off campus who make BSM possible.
7) UGGG! We were assigned our second choice for a room this semester. Here's that story & maybe why...
The past 3 semesters we've been in Building G. This past April, I requested a classroom in Building G again for this Fall. Building G is the "General" building on campus with a lot of foot traffic & a majority of the typical "freshman" courses. On Monday, I was told that all the classroom space (which hold up to 40 students) was completely full this Fall during our FREE LUNCH & that we've been assigned to Building B, Room 102. So I spent some of Monday evening complaining to my husband about Building B. Two years ago, our first semester @ LSCM, we used B-102. Not a bad room as Building B (the sciences building) it runs along the major sidewalk on campus. So it's not a terrible spot on campus to be. Actually it's easier to access than the 2nd floor classrooms in G we used last 3 semesters. Oh, did I mention that B-102 is a theater, which holds 75-80 students?!
During our Kickoff Event Tuesday, I found myself hoping that all 300-400 students did NOT come back next week for FREE LUNCH - we won't have room (especially in a classroom) nor enough food... that's when it hit me that we would be in B-102. Maybe God knew what he was doing after all... praying we pack B-102!
HE's in charge & I'm just along for the ride. Thank you for your continued prayers & support.
This is an exciting time of year. My kids off to the first day of school & I'm focusing my attention toward the BSM's first day back on campus. From new teachers to new pencils and new tennis shoes... it's a new year and a new start. It's the time of year that I get to watch the seeds of ministry that were planted back in May begin to poke their tiny little heads up out of the ground. Seeds that have been watered by YOUR faithful prayers and the planning / preparation of our staff, many volunteers, partners in ministry, and our Student Life Office. All of it means that the FALL is just about to start!
A few signs of new seedlings:
1) confirmation phone calls, emails, and texts for lunches and Welcome Week.
2) pictures from partners in ministry as they help prepare for the FALL. (Pictured: a ministry partner pick up 600 snacks and cookie for backpack treats).
3) our 1,000 new business cards to give out during the first few weeks of class have arrived.
4) incoming students already inquiring about BSM this Fall.
5) BSM T-shirts we delivered yesterday! (We use these as a walking advertisements & personal invitations on our current / active students).
6) prep meetings with student leaders & staff.
7) new promo display for student organization fairs.
8) new invitation sign to be used outside the room/door of BSM FREE LUNCH (came about due to a conversation with a student after the last lunch last Spring).
This year we want to walk with students as they "Take the first step or next step on their faith journey." Please pray that Yahweh uses the plans and preparation of our staff, our volunteers, & our student leaders to make the BEST NEW of ALL - an experience with the God that makes ALL THINGS NEW.
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There was no burning bush, but today our ordinary classroom became unmistakably Holy. For a few moments, with the typical smell of pizza, the movement of students coming and going to class, and as two local pastors answered the faith/spiritual questions of students over lunch, our conversation turned from inquisitive questions about theology, faith, and the spiritual realm to "What is sin?" which ended up turning into a conversation with one student about the Gospel.
You remember "Holly."* She "found" our FREE LUNCH in January because there was FREE FOOD. She admittedly has no faith/spiritual background or comprehension. She came back today, for the second time, because she was curious to know more. As our conversation progressed, I glanced around the room at other students, mostly Christ followers, and by the looks on their faces could tell we all felt the energy of the room change as we realized that for about 15 minutes this conversation became a Holy conversation. A seekers conversation. The conversation moved from the most basic: sin, to an intro into 10 commandments, to who was Jesus, why He came in human form, why He died, our response to Him, & how to make Jesus the boss of your life. Tears came to my eyes as I witnessed the beauty of the Holy Spirit pursuing Holly.
After lunch, she and I chatted in the hallway. She mentioned that she knows there is a God, a "bigger Being." Although she does not understand and know that "Being" she wants to. She's unsure about religion and skeptical of Christians. She asked, "How do you pray?" So I told her the cool thing about God is that he's all about friendship (not religion) and showed her how to just say what's on her mind. We prayed in the hall with our eyes open, "God, I don't know you but I want to. Show me who you are."
Lastly, I asked if she had a Bible. "No." I asked if she wanted one. "Yes." So I showed her the youversion app and ended up giving her a Bible. She said she had never held or opened a Bible, so I gave her a quick tour explaining the division of testaments, books, chapters and verses (ALL completely foreign to her). I booked marked the book of John with my business card and challenged her to read chapter one by next Tuesday. Then I handed her the Bible. Her face light up with awe as she held HER Bible for the first time, "There's something special about this book!" I responded, "There's no magic in it, but it is a very special book."
PRAY FOR HOLLY:
* the names of individuals in this story have been changed.
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