The 2018 school year for our college and young adult group—The Tide—has already been an amazing few months. This year we have been walking through the narrative of Acts which we’ve titled “Obey and Go.” Our goal has been to be on the mission that Jesus has set down for his disciples (and now us) at the ascension: to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. This year has already been filled with many moments of encouragement and growth for everyone as we challenge each other to be proclaiming the Gospel to our roommates, friends, family, and neighbors.
OUTREACH WITH THE GOSPEL
With evangelism and outreach as our focus for the year, The Tide was able to partner with Wellspring’s Hand2Hand ministry at the end of September. We gathered a group of twelve young adults and went out into our surrounding neighborhoods, going door-to-door asking for food donations to support Hand2Hand as well as seeking opportunities to prayer for those we met. Most of us found homes that were very open and willing to receive prayer, while others were met with flat-out rejection. But by the end, it is safe to say that we were all faithful co- laborers in the work that night as we had gathered way more food than we had ever hoped.
Many students found the experience to be stretching and yet encouraging to their own faith because they stepped out and were able to do something most of us are very uncomfortable doing—talking about God with strangers. It was a great opportunity for us to lean not on our own strength but on the Spirit to move through us to accomplish His work. Our hope in The Tide is that we begin to see a new shift in our culture here at Wellspring for the centrality of Gospel and its proclamation.
Another notable way God has been at work recently is through the growth we have seen at The Tide Brunches on Sunday mornings. This year we have seen record numbers for attendance, one week serving over eighty college students! Needless to say, we were caught off guard a few times, but our amazing volunteers have been more than able to accommodate. (A huge thank you to everyone who helps put on our Brunches from set-up, cooking, serving, to clean-up and tear down. This ministry could not function without your hours of service!) Through the Brunches we are able to reach face-to-face a large crowd of college students that are attending our church services that otherwise would walk in and walk out of our doors without being connected to our church.
We have already seen great growth spiritually and numerically throughout the ministry which is extremely humbling. It’s exciting to see the ways God is raising up college students here at Wellspring and I look forward to what he will do throughout the rest of the school year!
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
If you are looking to get involved or help serve with The Tide, please contact Andrew at: email@example.com
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