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12-17-15 Public Campus Ministries - The Work That Must Be Done
by Sikhu Daco
A similar approach, with small group Bible studies and personal Bible studies being offered to students interested in learning more about the Bible, is being implemented at schools throughout Michigan. At Michigan State University, campus ministry missionary volunteers knock on students’ doors, survey in hand, and simply invite them to study the Bible. One might not expect the rate of positive responses received from such a simple method but there are students on public university campuses who are thoroughly receptive to the study of God’s Word! More than thirty students are currently involved in personal Bible studies. Some of these students have come to America from countries closed to Christianity and may never have had the opportunity to learn of Christ otherwise.
One mother appreciatively commented, “Public Campus Ministry saved my son’s life!” Her son went from inactive to becoming a deacon and preaching at the church close to his university by the time he graduated. After graduation, he returned home to help mentor public high school students at his home church – several of these students now lead a Bible study group at their public high school and have been bringing their friends to Church.
There have been many significant developments to advance PCM in the Lake Union. This November, the Lake Union appointed Pastor Israel Ramos as the Union Coordinator for PCM. He will work alongside the Union Youth Director and ACF NAD, as well as Michigan Conference’s Department for PCM and other nearby conferences with a passion for this ministry. The task is great but Ellen White, writing with reference to the University of Michigan, stated of PCM, “I scarcely dare present this method of labor...But this work must be done, and it will be done by those who are led and taught of God.” 3SM 234
Sikhu Daco is the assistant director for public campus ministries, Michigan Conference.