|Dear Team;||February 2015|
| We've always encouraged Christian professors to identify themselves as Christians on the first day of class. It's often a great act of faith for a professor to do this. Because I've feared directly talking about Jesus in class, it's in office hours that I am much more direct; I will talk about Jesus or things I'm learning in Scripture, and this is where most of my spiritual conversations with students happen. In office hours, students have asked about Jesus, and I've seen many students come to faith in Christ through materials I offer them, whether More Than A Carpenter by Josh McDowell or The Reason For God by Tim Keller.
This semester, I felt God leading me to be direct, obvious, and clear about my faith in Christ on the first day of class. But I chickened out on the first day. I was scared! I, the neighborhood evangelist, was terrified of this class of 24 seniors!
On the second day of class, I prayed that God would give me courage. He did! I
Before I had a chance to catch my breath, a student, "Carlos", raised his hand and said, "How did you choose to be a Christian instead of another religion? I ~ am really thinking about these things! I really want to know!" I talked for a ~ minute about Jesus' divinity and resurrection. I told them that in college I studied the truth claims of every religion, and I found that Jesus was the one true God.
Every student was staring at me, so I quickly tried to start our class writing lesson. But Carlos asked, "Where does one start reading in the Bible?" The whole class seemed very interested in talking about these things. I said, "Do you really want to hear about this?" Several students shouted yes!
When I shared that I read my Bible every day and I especially love the Psalms and Paul's letter to the Ephesians, a young woman in the front row said, "That is so cool." I ended this whole exchange by saying, "I would love to talk more with any of you about my faith outside of class at a coffee shop."
I witnessed two amazing reminders from this day: students are searching for Jesus, and professors can have incredible impact for the gospel just by being themselves and identifying themselves as Christians. I am having such an adventure with Jesus as I grow in my boldness, courage, and joy in talking about my Savior. Please pray for these classes and for my student, Carlos, who raised his hand to find out more about Jesus.
What We Don't Say Outreach
The Dominican Republic (DR)
Ashley & Heather