This issue features an International Christmas outreach in Madison- potluck style. Many international students and families came. Then, right after Christmas, we had the annual TCX (Twin Cities Xperience) conference. Thousands of students from around the region came, worshipped, learned, fed the hungry, and dedicated their lives to stewardship with the Lord.
November means one thing for campus ministry workers: Christmas outreaches! Tara did three of these in Bradley, where every woman in the dorm is invited to come for cookies, sharing Christmas traditions, and hearing about the real meaning of Christmas. The gospel was preached, and four women indicated descisions for Jesus. Many more left encouraging comments or asked for more information!
Here is a letter from Kim, who prayed to receive the gift of God's forgiveness just weeks before-hand. God had prepared her before she met Tara by bringing her to a church for the first time in her life. Wow! It's quite a letter about how God changed her path forever through Tara and Fall Getaway. Also, there are pictures from Fall Getaway, which was a huge success in building Christ-centered community.
Trent writes about God's provision through Christian faculty at his college. Tara writes about an RA who is causing significant barriers in bringing the gospel to the all freshman dorm, Bradley. But God makes a way, and Tara has met some friendly spiritually-seeking students!
God provides 100% of the finances needed for Tara's internship. Trent is finishing up school, and attempting to start a ministry there. They attend a "Leadership Advance" for all our student leaders shortly before school starts. Then, the first time Tara goes to Bradley (her target-area dorm), she encounters the RA who gave Christians lots of problems last year. Time to pray!! At the first womens' Bible study, 15 girls show up, and about half had to sit on the floor! Praise God!
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.