Author: Elisha Miranda

Jackson College Outreach

Dear Friends:

Each Thursday, three of our Michigan “Gappers” drive 45 minutes south from Lansing to Jackson College to do outreach there. We sat down with Gab, Maria, and Lea to hear some reflections on this outreach adventure they have been doing since the fall.

“We do a Bible study with a small group each week,” our Gap missionaries shared. “Generally, we get around five people a week. Then we do prayer ministry, followed by 30-45 minutes of outreach to other students. Our Jackson students there are happy with our time together and the outreach opportunities.

“We also invite Jackson College students to attend some University Christian Outreach (UCO) events in Lansing. They always enjoy the time with the bigger group and the large ‘Campus Wide’ monthly prayer meetings where there are often over 100 students praying and worshipping together. They also like the ‘community feel’ of UCO Lansing and the environment they experience there.
Gab said, “I have improved in confidence doing this sort of outreach. I have certainly grown in the strength and courage to invite people to events through serving the Jackson outreach.”

“It is great to see how students grow in the Lord,” Lea shared. “It is also amazing to witness God answering prayers for them and for us!”
Some other blessings of the relationships made in Jackson included being able to “delve deeper with personal connections,” as one Gapper shared. “Because it is a smaller group, it has allowed for more personal sharing and friendship building.”

“We are also learning that even when we don’t see direct fruit from our service there, God is definitely working. Lives are being changed!”

A man who has worked for outreach at Jackson College for many years shared more with us about the impact of the January UCO Fan Into Flame retreat on some of the Jackson students. “The Fan Into Flame was a big event in the lives of the young men and women from Jackson College. The atmosphere at the camp where the retreat was held was something they expressed they had never felt before. The retreat allowed them to see how a big community of Christians live, and a testament of the Lord they serve. Some expressed that it felt like ‘a glimpse of heaven.’
“Carson, one of the guys, asked, ‘why is it that since I came to this place I am feeling like my worries have all gone away?’ Sierra said it been a life-changing experience for her (she was prayed for and received the gift of tongues). Conrad said he experienced a very deep connection with the Lord.

“Everyone felt like this was something that exceeded their expectations. Since most of them are new to the Christian faith, with small groups after every talk, they were able to talk about following Jesus Christ, experiencing the Holy Spirit, and personal faith struggles. Every one of our students received prayer. From my perspective, the desire in our students to live for the Lord was at an all-time high as a result of the retreat.”

Our Stand in the Gap program “stretches” our participants in service, prayer, outreach, and learning more about Jesus Christ. Having 18 and 19-year-olds do the kind of “gutsy” outreach that our gappers do (and many adults would fear to do) at Jackson College is part of that stretching. Thank you for supporting them; their service not only changes them but has a real impact on those they are reaching out to. Our desire for our gappers is for them to live their whole lives, for the rest of their lives, for Jesus Christ. We very much appreciate your partnership in this mission by your prayers and financial support. God bless you!

Your brother in the Lord,

James Munk
Kairos Director

Legacy Conference 2020

We had a wonderful Legacy Conference last month in Jacksonville, Florida. This was the first year we ventured into the warmth of Florida instead of enjoying January in Minnesota or Michigan! We had 86 participants at this year’s Conference. Post-university/young professionals came from Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, Seattle, Mexico, Costa Rica, and more (we lost some of our Minnesotans to a winter storm that shut down the airports, although a few others had already left to catch flights in Michigan and they made it).

Kairos Director James Munk was there. He says, “The weather in Florida was beautiful (75 degrees on Saturday), especially for us northerners. We enjoyed great times of fellowship: lots of friends re-connecting and many opportunities to form new friendships.

“On Sunday, we had ‘Professional Huddles,’ where we divided into various related professions to talk about being a disciple in today’s work world. We had talks on vision for lifelong discipleship, building a Christian culture, reaching out to and connecting with other young professionals, and taking risks for mission.”
Maggie, one of the participants originally from Minnesota, says, “It was very evident at the Legacy conference that the people attending were hungry for community, and we came there knowing that we are living in a culture that is starving for community. The retreat was both a place where we ourselves were fed (on fellowship and worship) as well as a place where we were equipped to bring something to our peers back home, who are eager for the life we have been given. Also, the beach outing was fun!”
“The first thought that immediately stood out was that there was a lot of practical things I was able to take away from the conference,” says Jason, from Michigan. “I feel I’ve been better equipped to be Jesus’ eyes and feet in my workplace. Also, The calling of being ‘salt and light’ was prevalent during the worship time for me. Sometimes during our work weeks, we get caught up in our jobs and lose sight of the mission and call of disciples. This was a good weekend to learn to combat that feeling and hit the ‘reset’ button on my outlook in my workplace. There was also a general feeling of excitement hovering over the whole weekend. (Might just been the 75-degree weather though!)
“All in all, it was a good weekend of worship, learning, and fellowship. I have renewed zeal for Lansing’s YPO (young professional outreach) and am eagerly looking forward to seeing how God uses me to grow his kingdom in Lansing!”

Travis, also from Michigan, tells us: “At the Legacy Conference this year I joined 80+ young professionals who came together to hear talks on building a culture, responding to the times, being on mission, and receiving the Holy Spirit to live out the faith more effectively. By the end of the time, the Lord had moved powerfully in stirring up a missional zeal for reaching other young professionals. The Holy Spirit came into the lives of many of the people attending, giving all of us much more power to live out our discipleship to Christ.”he Legacy Conference is one of the ministries of Kairos. We work to reach young people for Christ—from late elementary, through the middle and high-school years, into college, and in the years following university to full adulthood. We refer to each of these stages as points on the “youth bridge.”The move into each new stage of life are times many young people fall away from Christ. The goal of Kairos is that they remain disciples of Christ. You are a very important part of this mission; thank you so much for your prayers and financial support!

 

Your brother in the Lord,

James Munk
Kairos Director