Fall is always a particularly important time for campus ministry as thousands of new students descend on our campuses. For nearly 40 years, University Christian Ministries has been an on-campus community ready to receive these students. In my new role as UCM director, it has been a privilege to visit the seven campuses we serve on across the province. I am happy to report that we have healthy missional communities engaged on our campuses. Below are some testimonies that highlights part of what UCM is about. It is my hope that we will continue to partner with churches to send, equip and release young adults to the needs on campus. The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the workers are few. Please pray with us that the Lord will send workers.
“This past Thursday after our regular UCM meeting, two of our leaders went to the open mic night at the student pub to sing worship music in a secular place. After they were done
playing, they got to chat and pray with some students. One of those students ended up accepting Jesus into their life! Praise God!” - Joel UCM coordinator VIU.
“When I started attending UCM last year, I found people who I could explore God’s Word with and attempt to know him, not only know about him. The small group that I was a part of was my first Bible study, and my first time really talking about faith with friends. I found that these people were very open about their faith and were unafraid to discuss hurdles in their walk with Christ. Through that, my faith grew, and so did my desire to know God. And it revealed to me the importance of having good friends in my life that I can share my faith with. Many of us have study groups within our classes because we know that group study can be more effective and meaningful than going solo. We can apply the same idea to studying the Bible because we gain a more meaningful understanding of passages when we listen to diverse observations and interpretations. Paul emphasized the importance of spending time in the Word with other believers when he wrote to the Ephesians: “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:17). I hope that this school year, you will find a place where you can seek to know the depth of God’s love among like-minded believers.”
- Connor, UBCO