Flooding Schools with The Word
Matthew 28:18-20 has always been known as the heart of discipleship. Following the success of the two-week missionary journeys in four different provinces, the Campus Ministry never stopped reaching out to college students around Metro Manila, and this time for the Campus Storm. The purpose is to give the campus disciples a chance to share their faith in campuses, together with their co-geographic region disciples, to reach out to as many students as possible even before the academic year officially starts.
A good number of visitors attended the Bible talks, and some of them have committed to study the Bible. The campus disciples stayed in touch with them in all ways possible to ensure that the Bible studies are to take place. Reaching out to people takes a lot of effort, creativity and a bunch of spurring each other. There was this group that made an interesting deal where they would deprive themselves of lunch until they've all handed their invites and shared their faith to 200 people by noon. By God's grace and guidance, the groups, even the ones with young disciples, were able to confidently share their faith. It is encouraging to know that most of them were doing it only for the first time. Truly, having confidence in the Lord does wonders!
Having the Campus Ministry share their faith in different schools is a good spiritual exercise, and not to mention, fun! It also serves two purposes at once: the disciples got to go out there and fulfill their mission of helping others know God, while deepening their relationship with each other and with God. As the scripture states, "I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow." (1 Corinthians 3:6 NIV) Certainly, each and every seed planted in the hearts of the students will be under God's care. What's amazing in working for Him is that every bit of sacrifice is never in vain. As the Bible says in Hebrews 5, "God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you helped His people and continue to help them."
A great endeavor like this deserves an awesome culmination—a Campus Ministry congregational worship service in UP Diliman marked the end of this year's Campus Storm. What an encouragement to see a great number of campus disciples, students, and friends gather to praise God as one! Indeed God had blessed the event to be a success. Presently, the Bible studies of those invited are still ongoing. May they continue to seek God, with the disciples' support, until they decide to be one with Jesus and His body. The very last statement in Matthew 28 holds fast and stays true; God is faithful to his promises. And with that, to Him be the glory!