May 2020—Struggles & Blessings

Annabelle’s laughter filled the room. “Poly, poly, weeee!” she sang as loud as she could. Before the song had fully finished, Annabelle was already rewinding the recording to replay it.

Christine Loesser, InterVarsity’s Area Ministry Director for Central and South New Jersey, smiled at her five-and-a-half-year-old. Virtual learning hadn’t been the easiest of seasons, having to balance working from home and parenting three small children between her and her husband, Chris, a Regional Alumni Coordinator for InterVarsity.

But Christine often found herself grateful for the teachers and administrators putting in extra hours to make online learning happen. That her daughter, Annabelle, had developed a special connection with her new kindergarten music teacher, Miss B, through her online lessons was another unexpected blessing.

By Jennifer Aguirre

I have been thinking a lot about how the pandemic and sheltering in place with families and friends—some healthy and some not so healthy—affects us. Why are some people more resilient while others are struggling so much? What factors are at play here, and how can we all move toward holistic health? 

By Sarah LaLond

It would take time and vulnerability, but God would use InterVarsity to transform my narrative of guilt and loneliness into a story of radical grace and true connection.

By Joy Zhou

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?" - Matthew 18:12

Two summers ago, I was a lost sheep.


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