Archive for January, 2015

Prayer

Posted: January 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

This week I wanted to encourage Shandon College to PRAY. We have talked a lot in leadership about prayer and spending time presenting request before our Father. Dr. Lincoln addressed this in his sermon yesterday. He talked about the importance of praying for opportunities to share the gospel and praying for the lost. We see Paul implore the Church to pray for these things as well:

Colossians 4:2-4 “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.”

Ephesians 6:19-20 “pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

This semester, I have been intentionally praying for God to give me opportunities, for me to take hold of them with boldness, and that those who hear the gospel would understand, repent and believe. It is amazing the opportunities that God has given me and opened my eyes too already this semester.

Even this past week, God gave me the privilege of meeting and leading a USC student to Christ, through decision counseling at Shandon. I have been able to pour into him and guide him along in this process. God has been doing amazing things in his life. Yesterday in Church, during the sermon, he leaned over to be and said “thank you.” I didn’t quite know what he meant and as I asked him he said “well think about it, I wouldn’t be where I today without you.” I was overcome with joy and how amazing it was that God had given me such a great opportunity to be used by Him.

I encourage you to join me in praying for opportunities and bringing before the Lord any hesitations or fears that we may have about sharing the gospel. I am excited to see what the Lord will do this semester through us as we rely and call upon His power.

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God’s heart for the nations is made clear throughout Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. God has literally brought the ‘nations’ to us right here in Columbia, SC as students from across the world come to study at USC. As Shandon College Ministry, we want to be a part of God’s mission to reach a people from of every tongue, tribe, and nation. Here are three very tangible ways that YOU can help:

 

  1. Tuesday, January 13 we are meeting at 11:00 a.m. on the 2nd floor of Russell House in the lobby outside of room 205 to pass out cards advertising our International Ministry. We are going to spread out across campus and invite internationals to both our trip to Charleston this Saturday, and our weekly International Sunday School that meets at 631 Harden. If you get out of class at 11:20 there will still be time to join us!

 

  1. Every Thursday at the BCM on Main Street there is a FREE lunch for international students at 12:00 p.m. From 12:00-1:00 students eat, and from 1:00-2:00 there is a time of English practice. This is great way to meet internationals, while also getting to enjoy some great free food.

 

  1. Possibly the most personal way that you can engage an international student is through EPI’s conversational partner program. You commit to practicing English one hour a week with an international student for nine weeks. In the past, many great friendships have been formed simply through signing up for this program. Please prayerfully consider signing up! More information may be found through the link below:

http://www.epi.sc.edu/Content/Menu/FOV3-0010C15F/S0055DE28?FormID=96&listview

Last semester, we had a consistent five attenders of our new International Sunday School class that met Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at 631 Harden. God worked in both their lives and our own as we served them. We are fully expecting God to do huge things this semester. Please join us in engaging international students with the Gospel for the sake of their joy and the glory of God.

 

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, and your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!” – Psalm 67:1-3