In December, John sent me a message to tell me that he started the Fall as a Universalist, not believing there was a god. But because of our FREE FOOD he came and listened to our conversations about spirituals / faith questions. It was through those conversations over lunch that he decided to believe in God. He further told me that he was unable to attend lunch in the spring and would be transferring in the fall of 2019. But he wanted me to know that he was on the journey of getting to know WHO this God was.
Allie is a deaf student who reads lips. She regularly attended to BSM Free Lunch during 2018-2019. She often struggled to connect because she won't respond verbally. When I've engaged her in conversation she usually types her responses on her phone (which can take a while) or respond to yes/no questions. Near the end of the spring semester she hung around after lunch, approached me, and handed me her phone to read with tears in her eyes. Her message read "my little brother was killed." Through a series of yes/no questions I learned that he was killed accidentally earlier that week. Although I was never really sure how he was killed I was confident that Allie was in pain and needed comfort. So I asked if I could hug her and offer a prayer for her and her family.
Both stories reminded me of two words that keep coming up for me this year - REMAIN FAITHFUL. Faithful because: 1) on a community college campus our investment into a life can often only be for a few months. 2) "each person (in your ministry) sits next to their own pool of tears." Sometimes, God "pulls back the curtain" allowing a glimpse of what He has been up to but most of the time he expects FAITHFUL SERVICE to the journey and ministry to which he has called.
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.