At a recent training event I was reminded that in ministry it is often easy to see and celebrate the ripple effects of ministry, but it is hard to stay focused on making an initial splash.
Ministry ripples include changed lives, healthy marriages, godly parenting, leaders being sent out into churches, church plants, and to the world, graduates leading and starting kingdom business, and so much more. These long-term ripples affect incredible things, well worth celebrating.
But, God has been refocusing us and reminding us - be faithful to make a splash.
For our team, making a splash looks like walking into a dorm hall or sorority house to meet freshmen. It means standing in front of a student organization to share our testimony and invite students to a bible study. It is sitting down over lunch and walking through the story of the gospel with a student. Making a splash looks like going on a road trip with our discipleship group to deepen friendships. It means waking up early to meet someone to teach them to study God's word, and answering a late-night phone call to help a student think biblically about dating. Making a splash means initiating, taking risk, and investing in students for the sake of Christ.
Over the past year, we have been praying and working hard to make a splash. And we have been so encouraged by the open doors, opportunities, and fruit that we’ve seen.
This past summer, we started a new event to connect with rising freshmen and were encouraged to connect with a number of new students. We hosted some of our best campus launch events in CO Atlanta's 18 year history and had over 1100 students fill our contact cards to learn more about our ministry, express interest in investigating Christ, and to join small groups.
We recently hosted fall retreats and saw over 150 students join us for a weekend away.
We've seen around 20 students come to faith in Christ this year.
I am encouraged as our staff stepped out and initiated relationally and spiritually with hundreds of students.
And we've seen dozens of students take steps forward in faith and leadership, joining us in the mission of God.
But we want you to know none of this is possible without you, our partners and supporters. Your partnership makes all of this possible, and we are truly thankful. Every gift, prayer, and encouragement sends us out to make a splash, and we are trusting that the ripples will change the world.
May God get the glory and may He allow us to keep making a splash on the campus for the sake of family, community, and global transformation.
In Christ and with thanks,