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Fruitful Conversations on Campus

September 8, 2015

(Madison, WI) – InterVarsity Christian Fellowship students are starting the 2015-2016 school year by quizzing fellow students about their bucket list. Conversations about goals and aspirations are not new among students on the college campus but InterVarsity’s queries are aimed at helping reveal deeper motivations.

Growing Hmong Ministry

Gordon Govier
August 5, 2015

Kathy Moua saw how her faith grew each year at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater through her involvement in InterVarsity small group Bible study and the annual Hmong Christian Collegiate Conference (HC3). “I wanted every college student to have the same opportunity I had, to grow and investigate their faith and Christianity,” she said. “I don’t want anybody to say, ‘I went to college and I didn’t get to experience this.’”

La Thao also wanted to see more Hmong students become followers of Christ. As an InterVarsity student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she discovered that she had leadership gifts that could be used in campus ministry. “I realized that InterVarsity was one of the few places that I knew that was actively doing ministry to Hmong students on campus,” she said. “I knew the campus was a strategic place to reach students.”

The Redemptive Power of Suffering

Cora Ebley
July 28, 2015

“I could feel myself dying.”

Reid Satterfield lay on the floor of his mud hut, feeling the life bleeding out of him. He had already tied a tourniquet of sorts on his friend Erik’s arm, whose artery had been severed by a bullet wound. But now Erik had passed out and Reid was left alone, with no one to tend the gunshot wound to his shoulder and medical help four hours away. Surprisingly, he felt a tremendous peace about dying.

Then the Lord spoke to Reid: “You’re not going to die. Ask me to stop the bleeding.” Reid asked, and within moments, the huge wound clotted itself.

This was not Reid’s first experience with suffering as a missionary to the Aringa people in Uganda. He and April, his wife, had moved to Uganda in 1999 and then into an Aringa village just after Easter in 2000. But Reid had spent two to three of their first eight months there in bed with malaria.

When the Trajectory Changes

Gordon Govier
July 7, 2015

Hannah and Brandon Pepin met during college when they were both on the leadership team of the InterVarsity chapter at the University of Wisconsin—Platteville. Back then, as they described it, the team was pretty dysfunctional. There were three guys and one girl, which turned out to be three extroverts and one introvert.

“We didn’t know how to communicate and there was a lot of frustration and turmoil,” Brandon said. But when the team attended Chapter Focus Week at the end of the school year,God stirred up a vision for their mission on campus and that brought unity to the team. Then through personality analysis tools such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and books such as  Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne, they gained a greater appreciation for the importance of team dynamics in leadership selection.

Elisabeth Elliot - Serving God's Global Mission

June 16, 2015

Elisabeth Elliot lived her life in service to God and his global mission. She lived responsive to God's call and echoed that call at the four Urbana Student Missions Conferences at which she spoke (Urbana 73, 76, 79 and Urbana 96). Each time, she challenged her listeners to obey the call of God on their lives. She was 88 when her earthly life of obedience ended on June 15, 2015.

Read the rest of this story on InterVarsity's Urbana blog.

Not Ready to Retire, and Back on Staff

Gordon Govier
June 4, 2015

George Stulac’s career plan was to get a PhD in history and become a professor. Instead God called him into student ministry with InterVarsity and then pastoral ministry. He pastored Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis for 33 years. Now, after stepping down from the pulpit and still eager to be involved in the work of the gospel, God has called George to a new ministry in which he’ll be working closely with history professors and other faculty.

Last summer, as George reached retirement age and ended his time at Memorial Church, he gave prayerful consideration of what he wanted to do next. He was not ready to retire from ministry.

“I wanted these last years to count for the most fruitful ministry that I could do,” he said. “So I spent that time asking questions about what my gifts are, what I do best in ministry, what motivates me, what satisfies me, what would I be most fruitful in doing?”

Escape from Poverty

Jessica Fick
April 14, 2015

“I don’t think I’d ever thought about a poor person.”

As a senior from the University of Illinois at Urbana 96, Marie Koch sat in the auditorium spellbound by the short video on the screen about the poor. “It was haunting,” she said. “I was crying and overwhelmed. I felt powerless—this is happening and I didn’t even care.”

Majoring in finance, Marie was prepared to help companies grow their businesses. But at Urbana she realized that she had never considered the plight of the poor.

Ironically, just three years earlier Marie was frustrated that students—Christian students—would be taking over her dorm room during Christmas break to attend Urbana, hosted at that time by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “They stayed in my dorm and then left us Jesus literature that I read in a mocking voice to girls on my hall,” she recalled.

Listening, Learning, and Growing at Rutgers

April 6, 2015

Glorianne Wright was sitting in the back row of the auditorium on the last night of Chapter Camp when she felt her heart beating uncontrollably. Students and staff had spent a week in Bible study, planning programs and working on ideas for the coming school year. Prayers had been prayed to commission people and projects. The camp director was getting ready to close the meeting. All of a sudden Glorianne stood up and yelled, “Wait!”

She had just served the first of her two years as president of the InterVarsity chapter at Drew University. All week long at camp she had been talking with newly appointed staff members and had gained a new appreciation of their role.

Glorianne ran to the stage, grabbed the microphone, and asked for more time to pray.

Urbana 15 Registration is Open

March 4, 2015

(Madison, WI) – In a world grappling with ISIS’ aggression in the Middle East, Ebola in Africa, and border conflict in Ukraine, God is not silent. For Christians asking how they can share the good news of Jesus throughout this broken world, and seeking answers to difficult questions, the Urbana Student Missions Conference offers answers and a space to discern their calling.

Urbana presents a big-picture snapshot of God’s work among the nations. “My prayer is that Urbana 15 will result in millions around the world hearing and responding to the gospel,” says Urbana director Tom Lin. “The vision of Urbana is a mobilization vision—and it has been since 1946—to inspire and challenge this generation to give their whole lives for God’s global mission.”

A Partnership to Plant A Chapter

Gordon Govier
November 11, 2014

Although InterVarsity has 949 chapters on 616 U.S. college and university campuses, there are approximately 4,600 degree-granting institutions in the United States. Many of those other schools still have no Christian witness on campus.  That’s why, for the past nine years, InterVarsity has been intentionally planting more than 100 new chapters and developing momentum to reach even more campus communities with the gospel.

Planting new chapters is hard work and takes a lot of creativity. This year, our chapter plant at Saginaw Valley University, near Saginaw, Michigan, has gone very well with a creative new approach. Regional Director Fred Bailey credits the quick growth to chapter planter Mike Petersen’s partnership with Kareem, a local pastor and InterVarsity alumnus.

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