Exciting events are on the horizon for Campus Ministry United. I am looking forward to all that God has in store for 2012. Two new ministry plants are taking shape and concrete plans are forming for ministry students which equal people’s lives being transformed by the saving grace of Jesus Christ!
The ministry plan at Missouri State University has been approved and the fundraising is in progress. The East Grand Church of Christ in Springfield, MO will serve as the spiritual support and the local church home for seeking students. This congregation is very excited to be reaching out to young people searching for Good News.
God’s Hand has been visible all through this plant formation. We have been training a three-person team for Springfield. There is much excitement about the activity God will accomplish in this place.
August 2012, Catherine Kraus and Lauren Burke (above) will arrive in Springfield ready to scout out the new territory.
Catherine’s abilities will serve to organize and research all the possibilities for campus ministry effectiveness. She has proven skills to assist in budgets and communication, or as I call her ‘my operational ninja’. She has served two active campus ministries over the past 5 years. After training and serving in Tampa, FL, she moved to Corpus Christi, TX and secured a job specifically to become an active member of this ministry. She is very excited for the future adventure.
Lauren Burke was converted in the Tampa ministry and was soon highly active in reaching others with the good news of Jesus Christ. She has served for two years as an apprentice for this ministry in addition to committing to the two-year Masters of Ministry program through Harding University. She is incredibly enthusiastic about the prospects at Missouri State University in Springfield. She will focus on the developing the young ladies who are reached through this ministry.
Both these young ladies that have committed their lives to the Lord’s work in campus ministry. They are willing to relocate to Springfield and secure jobs as they contribute to this mission on the university campus.
The third member of this team is Jeff Keely (above) who will be graduating from Harding University in December 2012. He will then move to Springfield and serve as the campus minister. Jeff spent two years in the CMU training program at Tampa and is now finishing his degree in Ministry. Jeff has an avid passion for reaching young people with the gospel because he also was reached through campus ministry. This experience and passion will make his work at MSU a joy and bring glory to our Father.
On my next blog I will share plans for the ministry plant at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma.
As you can see, God is doing great things with CMU by expanding our territory. I wish to thank all of you that support this ministry making it possible to “Reach the world by planting campus ministries”.