Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Sirak's March Ministry Update!

My friends! My people! My team!

I hope this message finds you well-rested and that your month of March was encouraging and re-energizing. So much has happened in March but before we go into the details I wanted to share a scripture with you all:

"Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, 'children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation'. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain." Philippians 2:14-16 (NIV)

As busy as the month of March was for many of us, I found myself challenged not to complain or boast of the wrong reasons. It is important to know that while we do the work of God people are watching us. As I have led the Richland ministry this year I have seen that many students 'know' who I am without me ever introducing myself. People watch and see what we are up to and it's important for us to stay a light even when we are most comfortable. We are not immune to the attacks of the evil one nor do we live outside of the flesh. I am also reminded of another scripture:

"Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!" Romans 7:24-25 (NIV)

I just wanted to encourage you all with this so we can look back soon on the month of April and be confident that we were a light to those around us! Okay, so now on to what happened in March...

We had a group of students from Western Washington University visit us during their spring break to help us with our week-long evangelism initiative (see pictures below). It was such a blessing to have them and so many great spiritual conversations came out of that week. I posted some pictures of our displays that we used to engage students in spiritual conversations.

"If you could ask God any question what would it be?"

"Should we believe in something that can't be scientifically proven?"

After outreach at Richland, our students all gathered to play some board games and hang out during the afternoon. 

We did outreach at UTD and our displays were such a great tool to help spark spiritual conversations. 

"When you die you rot! But does the real you disappear?"

Our Friday Night Fellowship gathering! Victoria (one of our interns) preached that evening and did such a great job.

To kick off our outreach week we had an all-campus worship event! It was so cool to see the many different campus ministries come together and worship together as a united group.
We did outreach at Richland College and our displays attracted many individuals to come and engage us in spiritual conversations. 

Pictures of our outreach at Richland College.

(From left to right: Brandon, Andrew, Dylan and me (Sirak)) Our good friend & FOCUS Alum, Dylan, is going to be moving to San Diego to pursue his dentistry career and we all went out to top golf to reflect on past years and pray over Dylan.

We are wrapping up the year here pretty soon and please be praying as we strive to finish the year well and push our students to continue their growth in Christ. I am so thankful to have you all as my partners in ministry and please don't hesitate to let me know how I can be praying for you!

You all should be personally hearing from me as we get closer to summer so I can encourage you with stories of how your support has contributed to the Kingdom growing on God's campuses :)

Your campus missionary,