The past two weeks can only be explained as a God thing. I've had staff & faculty express how happy they are to see a BSM come to LoneStar (cause they've experienced a BSM elsewhere). I've met so many students how seem hungry for a Christian student organization like BSM on our local campus. Doors & relationship seem open & ready! I feel like God is up to something on our campuses... & I'm excited to see what He does!
WELCOME WEEK TOTALS (August 30-Sept.8th):
1) BSM gave out 450 (out of 451) Survival Kits (provided by a local church partner).
2) BSM yielded 133 names & contact info from students interested in BSM.
3) 48 students expressed interest in being involved in an on campus (student led) weekly Bible Study.
4) 29 students asked for an opportunity to sit down with someone & talk about their spiritual/faith questions,
5) 12 students asked for help finding a local church.
6) Monty the Maverick stopped by BSM events TWICE! He seems to be a BSM fan & we'll take his endorsement!
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I have to admit that I have some mixed feelings about the first day of classes and Welcome Week next week! While I wake up each morning excited about what I see God doing among the 14,000 students in Montgomery County Texas, I have to also admit that I know what Moses felt like when he told Yahweh he couldn't lead God's people. It's an inadequate feeling that somehow I'm gonna mess this up or no ones gonna listen to me. So on one hand, I'm admitting I'm human and scared to death about the first of school. On the other hand, I'm completely encourage by the ministry partners standing with me - YOU. Your endorsement and commitment to support me adds an element to ministry that I haven't experience prior in my 20 years of ministry. Yes, I've work for two state conventions and the national convention, which in itself gave me the endorsement of all the Baptist churches in that state (or nation). But having personal partners like YOU, committed to ME adds a level of confidence and your face, which I haven't had in the past. It also helps me get out of bed each morning and get to campus, it encourages me get to do what God has gifted me to do - invest in the spiritual lives of college students.
I APPRECIATE YOUR PARTNERSHIP & LITERALLY COULDN'T DO BSM WITHOUT YOU!
For those who know me well, it will come as no surprise that I'm an extreme type-A personality. You're laughing now, I know... No, this is not AA... "Type-A's Anonymous." It just goes without saying that, I'm pretty good at DOING ministry, planning events, and sustaining a program on my own. Sadly, & too often in the past, that has been the case.
In my 20 years + in college ministry, I've never experienced such a clear leading from God for such a clear vision of what this ministry could become. In a sense, I feel as if I'm being dragged (or even pushed) along. Honestly, I find it refreshingly intimidating. & if I think about it too long it straight up scares me to death because I feel helpless to DO ministry out of my type A-ness. I'm having to totally rely on Yahweh for everything.
Here's a recent example: I'll admit it, I've been a little worried about how we were going to do anything for Welcome Week in August with absolutely ZERO budget. So much so, that I've kinda been telling God he's going to have to show up. Well, in Mid-June my friend & the Children's Pastor @ my church approached me with "Would you be interested in leading one of our Missions Rooms during VBS this summer? You know, since you're a Texas Baptist Missionary & all. I was thinking you could talk to our children about what BSM is, why it's important, & then they could help you make Survival Kits for college students. Could you use 400 Survival Kits?" My answer, "Ummmmm, yes please!" I know, very eloquent. But sometimes when you can see what Yahweh is doing around you, you're left... well, speechless... (& if you know me well @ all, you know this rarely happens).
Last week, I not only got to tell over 400 children about BSM & that it can be in important part of their spiritual journey once they go to college but those VBS'ers (K-4th graders) made 440 College Survival Kits. We're looking forward to passing these out during Welcome Week this August. Each Survival Kit contains: a water bottle, granola bar, gum, 2 clean-wipes, 2 pens, 2 pencils, & BSM related flyers/info. Here are a few pictures from our week.
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