Taking the Gospel to Google
By reaching the campus through a campus missionary, you’re impacting bright minds that bring the gospel to some of the world’s most influential workplaces. This month, we’re featuring Every Nation Campus missionary Erika Foushee and her story about a student that the Every Nation Campus chapter at the University of California, Los Angeles discipled and sent off to her new job at Google!
We met Cristen as a freshman through one of her friends from her hometown of San Francisco, California. A couple of weeks into the school year, we began discipling Cristen and she began reaching out to her friends. Over the years, several of Cristen’s friends began going to church and she began doing Bible studies with her roommates, two of whom were international students. Cristen will be taking a position with one of the most influential companies impacting culture in this generation, Google. She will be moving to Singapore to work from the Google office there.
Cristen also shared about her experience with our Every Nation Campus chapter in her own words. Though she grew up in a Christian household, her growth as a follower of Christ gave her a deeper understanding of who God is, and who she is in Christ.
Looking back, there is so much God has done in my life, it’s hard to even relate to who I was before. I’ve seen God humble me, draw me closer to himself, show me how to receive and show grace, and experience his power and love at deeper levels. I think a theme for this year especially has been living in daily dependence on God and trusting in His sufficiency especially when I can’t see or understand the way. So often I just want answers, but God is calling me to deeper relationship instead.
Thank you for being a world changer that takes part in helping college students discover their identity in Christ, and sending them off to do what God has called them to do.
Chris leads the Every Nation church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, home to James Madison University. He got his start sharing the gospel with students on campus and pressed on to pursue a multi-ethnic, multi-generational ministry in his city. Chris shares the heart behind the motto, “one foot in the campus, one foot in the community,” as he talks about their early campus ministry days that led to the thriving Divine Unity Community Church. Watch his “I Am Every Nation” video to learn more about what God is doing in the Shenandoah Valley!
Several months ago, we sent an update on Justin and Jessica Chapman, Every Nation church planters in Providence, Rhode Island. The work in Providence and at Brown University is continuing to gain momentum. Here’s our newest report from Justin on what God has been accomplishing through their church and the support of their partners.
We launched Aletheia Church in Providence before Easter last year. We’re at the fifteen-month mark now. At the beginning of this year, we got into our new building—a school basketball auditorium similar to Aletheia Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s a fantastic room with big open windows.
God has been faithful to grow the church. There are fifty people who now call Aletheia their home church. Our growth chart is going up and to the right. George, who is on the Brown University basketball team, was baptized earlier this year. In the Sunday service three weeks ago, we baptized four more new believers.
One young couple represented the quintessential East-side Providence New Englanders. She graduated from Harvard; he graduated from MIT. They began coming to the Aletheia Church just a few weeks after we launched. For them, Christianity was like a fossilized vestige in their past. As a last resort, they said, ‘Let’s give this a shot and see how it goes.’ The result was that Jesus transformed their lives in ways that were truly remarkable. They were among that group of four who were recently baptized.
I’m happy with the way the church has grown, but I’m probably most happy with the fact people are moving through the discipleship process. We establish biblical foundations through ‘Encounter Weekends.’
At the end of May 2018, Jonathan Cothran arrived from SouthPoint Church in Jacksonville to begin serving as our Every Nation Campus missionary at Brown. Jonathan is an experienced evangelist, having worked under Aaron Austin for five years at the University of Central Florida. This fall, we have a missions team from SouthPoint coming up to Providence. We’re making a big evangelistic push, engaging students at Brown University with the God Test. This spring, another team from King’s Park International Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, will be on campus for a week. So, we are trusting God for some fruitful gospel encounters in the next six months.
Thank you all for your prayers and support.
Please continue to pray for the Chapmans and all the teams at Aletheia Church in Providence.
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Thank you for being a world changer and helping Every Nation establish Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.