Thank you for your support! We had a great weekend and a surprise that built our faith and encouraged us more than we could have imagined! Check it out!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
- have a transformational experience with God
- be equipped to serve the Lord
- commit to advancing the gospel on campus
- the staff and volunteers who are teaching the tracks and leading small groups.
- the administrative, teaching and technical preparations.
- the Worship Team as they lead our corporate worship times.
- our speaker, Dave Choi,that the Lord will speak powerfully through him.
- the students who arrive as non-Christians would leave taking significant steps closer to Jesus.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
In addition to our primary role as campus staff at School of the Art Institute Chicago, part of our work has been with InterVarsity's National Arts Ministry! We wanted to share with you a story from the bigger picture of our work with InterVarsity, the artists we find across the country and the kind of transformation stories we pray for!
Jomar came to Carroll University this fall as an aspiring rapper sharing his life of alcohol, drugs, and partying through his music. He joined a Bible study with his fraternity brothers, and had an encounter with Jesus that forever transformed his life. He connected his rapping to his life of partying though, and decided that he couldn't continue writing music.
His friends from the study encouraged him to attend Cross Training and consider taking the track called God at Work in the Arts. He spent the weekend immersed in Scripture discussing why the arts are important and discussing what it would mean to use our artistic gifts to serve Jesus on campus. It was after the Saturday evening worship time that Jomar felt like God was calling him to put pen to paper and began to write.
On Sunday morning, he came ready to share the words God had inspired in him and drew a wall-sized version for the group to see! Jomar shared that he felt like God was saying that his art for rapping can now be used as something to bring glory to Him, and that he was excited to get back to writing even more to share.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Just wanted to send you all a brief hello and update before we head into a full summer of ministry at InterVarsity's Leadership Institute at Cedar Campus! Thanks for your prayers for our family and our students and the other 125 students we will be ministering to over the month of July!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
To All the People Who Partner Prayerfully and Financially so that We are Equipped and Available to Disciple Students...
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
- Celebrate with us as you read the following snapshots from the weekend:
- At least 25 students made a first time commitment to Jesus as Lord and Savior.
- God has pushed me to get out of my comfort zone even further by being a better witness on campus for people. This weekend helped me better develop skills to spread the Word of Jesus.
- God has spoken to my heart to let go of my bitterness.
- God is creative, because He created everything. God delights in us when we use our creativity and we can use our creativity to serve Him. I am excited to use my creativity on campus!
- I committed my life to Him.
- He has shown me to let go of my fears and take a leap of faith and become a stronger leader even when I don't feel equipped.
- God showed me He wants good for me, so I can trust Him. A lot of healing has taken place, with laying down burdens, and picking up what He has to offer instead.
- He talked to me for the first time, it was amazing!
- God showed me that I need to change my priorities, and stop being so busy, spend more time with God.
- He reminded me that I need to be more open and willing to talk about my faith.
- I learned that God is enough and I am perfectly made in his image!
- Worship was amazing! It was wonderful to have the Urbana worship team. To have 600+ people leaned into worship, and worshiping with many different cultural styles was really a blessing.
- The Large Group talk really helped me see the connection between the Old Testament and New Testament.
God met and transformed students at Winterfest! Their growth, in part, is due to your generosity; we could not have sponsored the conference without your help. Even more importantly, we’re grateful for the way that people like you – and hundreds of others around the country prayed for us this past weekend. Please continue praying for students to keep growing in what they learned during Winterfest.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Following God's Lead
written by: Jessica Sun, Violin major, Senior, Northwestern University
On November 13th, Sunday afternoon at 4 pm, my heart was racing. The orchestra was in place, the guest artists from Lawndale had arrived, there was pretty large audience seated in the chapel, and the microphone was on. All that was left to do was walk up to the front of the stage and say “Welcome to this afternoon’s concert: A Fundraiser for the Firehouse.” Two months of hard work and God’s provision had led me and a few of my peers to this moment, this realization of a vision of music and social justice coming together to advance God’s kingdom. Our God is one “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20), and this event was proof of that truth.
At the start of the school year, my friend Chris, an aspiring conductor, and I, a senior studying violin at Northwestern, decided to put on an orchestral benefit concert on campus. We had no program, no musicians, no venue, and no beneficiary, but I knew, by God’s hand, things would fall in to place. And sure enough, they did. He brought us the Chicago Urban Program Team, a group of students, many of whom were my friends from InterVarsity, that spent their summer in Lawndale, an underserved and poverty stricken community in the southwest side of Chicago. They had grown to love the community and to question their own responsibility for the huge disparities they saw. He brought us Pastor Phil Jackson, one of the pastors of Lawndale Community Church and The House, a hip hop church, as well as the head of the in-progress Firehouse Community Arts Center. He brought us a group of close to 50 volunteer music students who were willing to give their time and talent to this endeavor. He brought us a venue in the form of a chapel in a seminary right in the middle of campus. He brought us my violin professor, a world-renowned violinist and pedagogue, who was eager to play a solo with us. And he brought lots of help, encouragement, and prayers along the way. Piece by piece, God made his agenda very clear and by simply following his plan, we put together a concert of classical music, hip hop, and a call for social justice.
As wonderful as the event itself was, the most amazing part was the privilege of working with God, of being in his presence throughout and following as he led. So many times, it seemed as if doors were closing and the whole concert would fall through, but every closed door simply led to another open one. At every discouragement, there was someone or something to encourage. At every desperate moment, there was someone to lend a hand or a prayer. At every unsolvable problem, there was a solution. God literally carried it through. All we were asked to do was trust and follow. God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. And within the arts, this truth is not an exception. The arts are such a powerful force – how much more so when God is in the center, as He was intended to be? As artists that trust and follow Him with the talents and the experiences that he has given us, there is no end, no limitation, to the amazing things that He will accomplish through us and through our art.
Please pray that God would continue to use Jessica to bless her colleagues and community through her leadership and talent. Pray that those around her might encounter God through her. Please pray that artists around the nation that have similar dreams and visions would be encouraged to step out in faith and trust that Jesus wants and can use artists to serve the poor.