It is truly exciting to be part of what God is doing among local college students! Today we had a nice "intimate" conversation (with 27 students) @ BSM FREE LUNCH were students took turns sharing scripture & explaining why it had been relevant in their life.
"I trend to be an individual with intense feelings & have the potential to get depressed easily. Because of that, a verse that has strengthened me recently is Micah 7:8, 'Do not gloat over me, my enemies! For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.' (NLT)."
I've been taking care of my mother as she has been sick, my verse is Exodus 20:12 "Honor your father and mother." Another student added, "That verse is the only commandment that has a promise with it."
There is something very cool about facilitating a conversation with students as they share with their peers how Scripture has been relevant in their life. Which allowed me the opportunity to impress the need to regularly read scripture, to "chew" on it, and to experience its power in our lives.
BSM is experiencing MOMENTUM, which in turn has drawn students to FREE LUNCH. Many of these students are open and are seeking a conversation with someone about their faith question. They want more information about the Bible and about Jesus. In the past two weeks, I can count SIX conversations with SIX different students interested in MORE. One student I talked with today has no background in the church but is actively interested in the reading Scripture and learning about Jesus. He seems highly intelligent but at the same time he had no reference for scripture - did not even know the story of Jonah and the whale. (Reminded me of conversations I had while living in San Francisco, CA). PRAY for these students, that God would reveal Himself to them, that he would provide opportunities for BSMers to have conversations with them and He would draw them to Himself.
As I left campus today, I could only think of John 4:35 NLT, "Wake up and look around. The fields are ripe for harvest." What an honor to be part of all that Yahweh is doing among local college students.
"Coming to fruition..." Every once in a while I get a glimpse of ripening fruit after a year of planting new ministry. Today, was one of those days. It was a day filled with the potential of new ministry partnership because of the diligent work of a faithful volunteer. A day when a campus relationship (which I'd been praying for) was forged. Topping off the day was our FREE LUNCH experience. Our "Questions of the Day" was: "How do YOU know the Bible is relevant?" We talked about how you really cannot have an opinion of the relevance of Scripture unless you are actively spent time reading it. We talked about how the 1st century church (while not having "preachers designated" to share insight from Scripture) would spend time sharing Scripture with each other that had been meaningful in their life.
I challenged students to share Scripture that had been meaningful in their own journey and then share why it had been meaningful. What followed was a sweet time of peers sharing Scripture and life lessons with each other. They seemed to just be getting warmed up when it was time to wrap up. With a request continue the conversation during next weeks lunch, many students hung around for 15-20 min's after lunch still talking an sharing with each other.
FRUIT FROM A NEW MINISTRY PLANT - TODAY WAS A GREAT DAY TO BE PART OF WHAT GOD IS DOING @ BSM MONTGOMERY!
PRAY FOR BEACH REACH 2017: BSM Montgomery student Maryssa is serving with the SFA BSM & 1200 other college students @ South Padre Island. "Last night, we got in our vans around 11:30, and started driving. I got to talk to a couple of girls who were both really quiet. One of them was more open and interested about knowing who Jesus is, but her friend was so quiet that she kind of stopped talking. I also got a chance to talk to another girl who was interested in what I was saying, and then asked if she could join us today. Please be praying for the Lord's will to be done in their life and for them to see what the Lord is going to do in their life. Thank you guys for your prayers and support while I'm in South Padre this week!"
March 7, 2017 marked ONE YEAR since BSM Montgomery became an official organization @ Lonestar College Montgomery. So we decided to celebrate! Little did we know that not only would a fantastic friend of BSM agree to host our lunch FREE LUNCH but that they would decide to make it an extra special celebration by providing Fajita's from Chuy's!
It was fitting then that we ate meat for lunch since we were planning on discussing 1 Corinthians 3:2 - how spiritual one year olds move from being bottle fed to learning to eat spiritual meat for themselves (ie: spiritual disciplines).
A party and a present too! (Due to the generosity of a donor the BSM was able to purchase a tailgating tent for events on campus.)
Happy 1st Birthday, BSM! Here's to many more!
You've heard me say before that God has blessed BSM Montgomery with some amazing volunteers. In the 20 years since I began working with college students I have never found a volunteer or partner in ministry like Ryan. Ministering on staff @ a church up the street from campus, Ryan has a huge heart for college students. So much so, that he has completed the paperwork with TXBSM to become an offical BSM Volunteer, which allows him the prestigious title of Volunteer Associate Director of BSM Montgomery. So, Ryan teaches @ free lunch once a month and leads an Explore God Group on campus each Thursday.
It's the Explore God Group that I'd like to tell you about and ask you to pray for. The first week of BSM Groups on campus Ryan was the only one... "crickets" he said... so we ran some Facebook and Insta ads as well as printed flyers to hand out. The next week he had 3, then a steady stream of 4ish... until the last week before Spring Break the Explore God Group had SEVEN! That week, my morning text was: "Praying for your group today." Ryan: "we had seven today!" He's been having some amazing conversations about faith and God.
I've spent Thanksgiving 2016 visiting local churches, getting to know staff, visiting college classes & groups, and meeting college students throughout Montgomery County, Texas. One thing I noticed was that there were pockets of local students scattered across our county. These "pockets" ranged from 2, to 5, to 15, to 8, and so one.
Having worked on commuter based campuses since 1996, I know that, commuter students can feel very isolated on campus. In fact, many local students have thought the following about their local college experience; "I have no friends on campus." "All my high school friends went to a 'real' school and I'm the loser that stayed home, so I don't want anyone to know I'm still here." "I don't want to get too involved here since I'm planning on transferring asap!" OR "I am literally the only follower of Jesus on campus."
Remembering that I disliked being a commuter student myself (before I met friends @ the BSM) and knowing that each of the spiritual great awakenings in Church history began on college campuses as a movement of prayer, I began to wonder what would happen if we could gather all these local "pockets" of students in one place, once a month, to worship the Almighty Creator of the universe!
March 5th was our first N.O.W. Students from FIVE local churches attended, we worshiped through song, we worshiped through prayer, we laughed, and we ate 150 pieces of bacon together!
Pray for the NOW Events on April 2nd & May 7th. PRAY that students
BSM Montgomery is blessed with some amazing and unexpected church partners! It's my experience that BSM church partners come in all shapes and sizes. We have some amazing friends and both and we are grateful for both!
February 2017 was BSM Montgomery Month @ First Baptist Church, Grangerland, TX (the spotlight of this post). They spent February, learning about BSM, praying for BSM, mading 230 Finals Survival Kits. On March 5th they invited me (Tamara) to BSM Day where they gave me the Survival Kits, heard how God is moving and building BSM Montgomery, and took up a love offering to further the ministry of BSM Montgomery.
I walked away from my time with FBC Grangerland feeling extremely loved, blessed, and empowered in ministry. I am thankful for all our church partnership with FBC Grangerland, TX.
is a Texas Baptist Missionary, raising 100% of her salary to serve on the college campuses in Montgomery County, Texas. She holds a Master of Divinity & has been in college ministry since 1996.