The Mystery of God's Work in Ministry

This semester, I had the unexpected experience of leading a Bible study for a group of all minority students. I started out with about a dozen freshmen, and as the semester wore on, it narrowed down to five or six African-Americans, most of whom are first generation immigrants. It was the best Bible study I have ever led! We studied a different parable each week and these students, most of whom had never actually interacted with Scripture, began to see the beauty and uniqueness of the gospel. One student actually began preaching the gospel to his friends on Facebook after Bible study!

A couple weeks ago, after our last Bible study of the semester, I went to dinner with John and Akosua, two of the most committed students who both happen to be Ghanaian. They fired questions at me about all kinds of topics like the authority of scripture and the function of denominations. As I walked back to my car that night, I can remember thinking how wonderful it all was. God was working! Two days later, Akosua's mother was killed in a hit-and-run accident in southern Connecticut. I was stunned to read the account in the news that week. As I reflect on the events now, and continue to stay in touch with Akosua, I am still stunned, both at the shocking nature of Akosua's mother's death, and at the call that God has placed on me as a campus minister: to walk with students through joy and sorrow, to preach the gospel faithfully no matter who shows up, to trust Him no matter what happens.

I'm not sure what God is doing. Akosua will not be back next semester, and I'm not sure who all will be back for another semester of Bible study. But I know that He is good, and it is worth going along with Him on the ride of ministry. Please pray for me and all of us campus ministers, that we would faithfully follow where God is leading us, and that God's Kingdom would advance in the Northeast however He sees fit. And pray for Akosua and her family, that they would know the Lord's presence with them in this time of pain and mourning. Pray that Akosua would be able to draw on the truths of the gospel she heard each week this semester.

Lucas Dourado, Campus Minister at UCONN
December 21, 2014
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