Playing the Long Game

About a month ago I sat down for lunch with a supporter. Actually, he is an RUF alumnus, and came in town for his ten-year reunion at Harvard. We had never met before since he predated my time at Harvard, but he had been generous with the ministry.

Our conversation barely touched on his financial support. Instead what he wanted to talk about was how important RUF had been to him. He wanted to talk about how essential it had been to his growth as a Christian, even to the survival of his faith in college. He wanted to talk about how RUF prepared him and encouraged him to delve into the life of the church.

It reminded me why we’re here. RUF’s work focuses on campus, but its goal reaches out to the life of the church. RUF only succeeds if it produces results in the long-run. People grow at different rates, and some will be more or less mature by the time that they graduate. But we recognize the work of the Spirit by steady growth in Christ over the long-term.

I left lunch that day incredibly encouraged. RUF works over the long-term – it serves to build the church. It shaped my growth as a Christian, and I can see it shaping others!

Jeremy Mullen, Campus Minister at Harvard
June 26, 2015
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