This semester has been anything but normal. Still, God is working in many EXCITING ways outside and inside our ministry! Here at Renew we are actively praying and planning for how we can continue to help students follow Jesus on the campus and into the world!
During this unique time on campus, we have had to be flexible in our activites while striving to remain focused on our mission. Our RE-Group times have been spiritually engouraging & fun. We have met weekly for a time of relaxed community and spiritual conversations. This Spring we are launching D-Groups -- gender-specific, relational groups of 3-5 students that meet weekly for a semester for accelerated spiritual transformation. We are excited about this intentional step toward helping students follow Jesus!
We are also excited about Simon and Bridget Everett's new work at Whites Ferry Road Church in West Monroe, LA. Simon is leading their college ministry in reaching the campus at the Univeristy of Louisiana Monroe. In the picture above, Simon and Bridget are being prayed over by some of the leadership at the WFR Church. We can't help but be excited about the Everetts and about this amazing opportunity!
Specific Prayer Requests:
Last night was our first "big" event of the year! The ball is rolling and campus is in full swing - at least as much as possible! The coronavirus is still a big concern for us and Arkansas Tech, but we are finding ways to navigate a socially distant and masked world. Last night we kicked off our ReGroup event. It is a weekly group that will meet together to talk about Jesus and share community. This group will be our main event throughout the year and will serve as a funnel to deeper discipling relationships with students! Please be praying for ReGroup to exponentially grow outward across campus and for students to increase their relationship with Jesus!
Wow, what a summer! It has flown by and now we are preparing for students to be back on campus in less than a month. This time of year is always hectic as we try to finalize, book, and plan for the fall. Obviously, those types of things are not as concrete as they used to be. The COVID-19 pandemic is going to drastically impact campuses across the United States this fall, and Arkansas Tech is no different. The college campus is most certainly going to have a new normal. This also means that our ministry will look a lot different than it has before. We are trying different strategies and planning new things in new ways. Please pray for effectiveness and wisdom as we navigate these waters.
Regardless of what happens this school year, we know that God has blessed Renew and we know that that the Spirit is going to work and change the lives of students. We can be sure that God is still the same God and that the resurrection of Jesus still changes the world!
Please pray for an unwavering movement of God on campus this year!
Please pray for the freshman that will be moving to campus in a few weeks. We have been able to contact and reach out to a few students so far. Please pray for students like Jesus, Kyndal, and Mary, who we are building relationships with.
May we further the Kingdom on campus!
"We Can't do this alone"
Out of all the red letters of the Bible, none are more my favorite than Jesus' last words in Act 1:8. Addressing the apostles he says "you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The very last thing that Jesus said to his disciples wasn't the detailed plan to restore Israel that they had expected. Also, don't forget that he had just conquered death, but instead of a victory speech Jesus tells his followers to literally spread the gospel across the entire earth!
It was not long afterward that we find the disciples in an upper room "joined together constantly in prayer". With a giant task laid before them, the disciples knew that they couldn't do it alone, they needed supernatural intercession. They had just received an overwhelming commission to go to the farthest corners of the planet, and their first response was prayer.
As Renew College Ministry we desire to see a great movement of God on the Arkansas Tech campus. Our mission is to renew the call to follow Christ on campus and into the world. We want to take the gospel to every corner of Arkansas Tech and make disciples of every student. That's a tall order for a campus with thousands of people! Just like the disciples, our response must be prayer. We can't do this alone. The mission is too big and the obstacles are too great to take on by ourselves. Thankfully our God is greater! Thankfully, also included in Acts 1:8 is a promise from Jesus that "you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you". Thankfully, just like the disciples in that upper room, we can be in constant prayer together.
As we look to the coming school year, I am excited for what God is going to do through Renew and this prayer team. Here are a few things to be in prayer about:
Pray for a Healthy Fall
Obviously, the state of the pandemic largely impacts how we function as an organization. Currently there will be in person class this school year, but things like groups, events, and activities will be largely restricted and will operate very different than before.
Pray for an Exponential Movement of God
We can't renew the call to follow Christ if we don't call on God to move in the hearts of students!
Pray for Wisdom in our Leadership
College ministry in the midst of a global pandemic is new ground for everyone, let alone launching a new name! We simply need the wisdom to lead this ministry.
Thank you for your prayers and commitment to the Kingdom! Keep an eye out for future updates and prayer requests!
Written by Simon Everett
What's a Prayer Team?
Scripture tells us that the earliest Christians were devoted to prayer (Acts 2:42). Throughout history, people of faith have depended on prayer for strength and guidance. We want to have as many people as possible engaged in prayer for the work Renew is doing in Russellville.