Connecting campus to Christ

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him (Colossians 2:6).

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Over the past 100 years, thousands of young adults have found spiritual comfort, community, and encouragement through the good news of Jesus shared at WELS campus ministries across North America.

Wendy Urbanek transferred to University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point her junior year of college with her best friend. When she was asked, “What does Campus Ministry mean to you?” here’s what she had to say:

Being new to the area, I had no idea where I was going to go to church, but my friend found a WELS church with a Bible study group to attend, which was exciting because we both grew up attending WELS church and schools. I was hesitant about the Bible study because I didn’t want it to interfere with my new college life experience, but my friend convinced me to go, and it was the most amazing experience. After just a few short months of attending The Real Thirsty Thursday Bible study, I fell in love with the people. And not just my fellow students, but the other church members too. They were welcoming, and they provided food, friendship, and anything else we needed. The called workers were always so encouraging and helpful when it came to those life situations where you just need some godly advice. Throughout these Bible studies I found a family: people who help when your friend’s car gets stuck in snow or when you need some encouragement, someone to vent to, people to do laundry with, and most importantly, a family where everyone helps faith grow. It has been a life-changing experience that means so much to me as a college student in these difficult times.

Here are additional testimonials from Campus Ministry students:

It was what kept me sane and safe—all around me I was being exposed to beliefs totally in opposition of what I believe as a Christian—and going to the Campus House and spending time with other Christians grounded me and strengthened me for the week ahead. Arlyss Troge

Campus ministry helped me gain friends with whom I could gather each week. It also helped me to stay strong in my faith and set aside time for my Lord each week. Having a place to gather and grow was quite a blessing. Emily Scharenbroch

The group of WELS Christians that I associated with really helped me stay grounded in my faith in the midst of many different influences. Pharmacy school was very stressful, and it helped to have my faith as a relief through it all. I realized that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Tamera Rose

The campus ministry means I always have a place to go where others understand my support [in God]. It is a safe place where I am always welcomed and loved. Avianna Holmes

It makes me feel confident and safe. No matter what my college experience throws my way, I have God on my side. Kirsten Storhoff

What beautiful reminders that God’s Word is working on our campuses! WELS Campus Ministry, a ministry of WELS Home Missions, provides resources and support to congregations that serve these college students during a critical transition point in their lives. We thank our Lord and you for your prayers and offerings to date! If you haven’t had the opportunity yet (or you want to offer more), please consider supporting the work of Campus Ministry with a gift today.

Serving Christ with you,
Pastor Scott Wolfram
Chairman, WELS Campus Ministry Committee

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