Update from Millersville University

RUF has existed at Millersville University for about 15 years, but I have only been at the University for 6 months. As I look back over the semester plus that we have been here, I am so grateful for God’s mercy as we look to continue the ministry here.

My main job this semester is to get ordained. The ordination process in the PCA is appropriately rigorous. This means that it requires time and discipline to study for these exams. Add to the equation moving to a new state, making family adjustments (new schools, church, etc), and a ministry shift from youth ministry to college ministry can be stressful to say the least.

Here are a couple of ways that I have seen God working in the midst of our transition to Millersville. First of all, the Lord moved us to an RUF ministry that was NOT large. We started the fall with five students. At the winter break we graduated one and another took the spring semester off. The reason I say this is a mercy is because if, in the midst of getting settled and studying, we had a group of 50 I would have been swamped.

Another way that God has shown us mercy here at MU is by growing our group. The Lord has made me to be a pastor not a test taker. I would shrivel up and die if all I did for 6 months was study for tests. I am refreshed and renewed by having lunches and Bible studies with students, hearing their stories, and watching the Lord transform their lives. We went from one Bible study last semester to two this semester. We had 9 people at our last Thursday night study and 2 at last week’s Tuesday lunchtime study. We still aren’t blowing things out of the water when it comes to attendance, but we are growing. More importantly than the numerical growth is the conversations that are happening. We are exploring the impact of the Gospel on our lives and how the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus changes at the very core of who we are.

So if you were to swing by the RUF at Millersville University you would not say that it is the most dynamic ministry and certainly not the largest ministry, but it is fair to say that Millersville’s RUF is an object of God’s mercy and God is most certainly at work here.

Trip Beans, Campus Minister at Millersville
March 5, 2014
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