This week is our Cru national staff conference. Over the next few days, we’ll be hearing from Christina Cleveland, Andy Crouch, Henri Aoun, KA Ellis, Francis Chan and more. Unless the speakers are talking about ministry in sensitive countries, you can watch all the sessions live. Just go to https://cru15.cru.org/watch/index.htm between 9 and 3:30 Mountain time.
On a warm Colorado evening a few weeks ago, I set up our little fold-up table that had made the trek from Boston. I laid out my blue and white tablecloth and set out picnic plates and a few other things for dinner. Then I welcomed Patty, Sarah, Emily, Lara, and Lorenna. I was excited to begin a journey with these five incredible younger women for the summer.
Above: Lorenna, Sarah, Lara, and Patty at our apartment the first night of their new MTL training
This summer, I got to coach these women to become new Missional Team Leaders (MTL). Each of these women will now lead a team of staff, volunteers, and students to help reach campuses like Yale, Brown, Boston University, Northeastern, The University of New Hampshire, Rhode Island School of Design and many more campuses with the Gospel. They will build students into multiplying disciples and they will mobilize students to be sent to the world.
Patty, Sarah, Emily, Lara, and Lorenna came into this training in various ways. Some were excited and hopeful. Some were worn out from this past year of ministry. Some were scared and uncertain about stepping into this new role. One thing they all had in common: they were willing to be vulnerable about where they were at; they were willing to allow the Lord to help cultivate their hearts for what He was calling them to.
Isn’t it just like God to use small group community to help us grow? Over the course of the training, our group encouraged Lorenna to use her gift of strategy and her skill in business to think through how she could set up her team well for this up coming year. Lara shared openly about her fears. She struggled to be strategic, but has great ideas about developing engaging and open communities at Yale. In this small group, each woman started thinking about how their understanding of their personal ethnic identity impacted the way they led.
Above: My whole coaching group. Clockwise from top left: Lorenna (Brown, RISD, Rhode Island), Emily (UNH), Sarah (BU, Northeastern, Wentworth), Patty (BU, Northeastern, SMFA), Lara (Yale), and me.
Would you please join Brian and me in praying for these five women as they begin to lead this fall? They are each leading alongside others who are seasoned and welcoming their fresh perspectives. Would you also pray for the incoming freshman who are preparing to coming to campuses around New England and New York in the upcoming month. It is because of your partnership in ministry that Patty, Sarah, Emily, Lara, and Lorenna are on their ways to being great new MTL’s. It is because of you that Brian and I are able to trust Jesus for these five women to impact the lives of students across New England and New York. It is because of you that we can trust Jesus for our own impact in the lives of students who do not yet know Jesus.
Above: family night at Mary’s Mountain Cookies Sydney is eating a “S’more” cookie. My mom always says, “Eat dessert first.” We agree.
Just a little ministry highlight: Social media has already been helping us to connect with incoming freshman before they even get to campus in the next month. At Northeastern we have seen close to 50 freshman reach out to us wanting to either hear more about the Gospel or be part of a small group that focuses on the Gospel. Similar things are happening around the city of Boston as well.
Loving our Adventurous Lord,
Above: Sydney and Eliza have had a great summer playing with their new friends and neighbors for the summer Liam and Ethan.
How to Pray
- For Patty, Sarah, Emily, Lara, and Lorenna as they return to New England to lead on campus
- For incoming freshmen across New England and New York who do not yet know Jesus
- For Brian and me as we continue to raise our girls
- For Brian’s mom, Kay as she continues her treatment for ovarian cancer (http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kayellis/ for updates).
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We took Brian for a great family hike for Father’s Day. We wore Eliza and Sydney out in the process 🙂