So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ (Colossians 2:6-8).
It is no secret that the world is no friend of Jesus or his disciples. We see it throughout the pages of Scripture and we continue to see it today. While hollow and deceptive philosophies crafted by worldly human beings are certainly prevalent throughout our lives, a time of particular vulnerability is when young adults are away at a secular college or university. Pilate’s question “What is truth?” echoes in a young Christian’s ears. Many college students are exposed for the first time to a constant anti-Christian worldview.
The answer to the question “What is truth?” is Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, as revealed through his unchanging Word. WELS Campus Ministry helps students grow in their faith so that they can remain in and share Christ’s love while they are in school and after they graduate. Campus Ministry supports full- and part-time campus pastors and provides financial assistance for many WELS congregations as they reach out to college students in their area.
Generous offerings from congregations and individuals currently support about 30 campus ministries throughout the U.S. and Canada, serving and equipping hundreds of WELS and countless other collegians with the gospel. This year we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of WELS Campus Ministry and have an opportunity to glorify God for this blessing through a special thank offering that will help continue and expand the work being done.
Sharing Christ Jesus as Lord in campus ministry brings immeasurable joy. There are many stories to tell of walking with God’s young people through the minefield of Satan’s deadly traps while on campus and equipping them with the armor of God. There are so many reasons to praise God for the baptisms, adult confirmations, and weddings. We get to see students go on to hold leadership and service roles in WELS congregations after they leave college.
There is much work we can do together, and your prayers and special gifts will help many. Please consider supporting this important ministry with a gift today. These anniversary offerings will go a long way as Jesus leads us into the next 100 years of Campus Ministry. In particular, we would like to gather seed money for new campus ministry programs. To help in this expansion, a full-time mission counselor is being called to serve Campus Ministry.
Let’s be grateful that we are able to serve the Lord by encouraging and uplifting the next generation! The future will be filled with opportunities to help even more congregations serve the collegians in their cities and towns by keeping them rooted and built up in Christ.
Overflowing with you in thanksgiving,
Pastor Scott Wolfram
Chairman, WELS Campus Ministry Committee