I am writing to you from the first day of a new year! Last night the Vaughan family celebrated another year of God’s blessings and faithfulness along with friends and loved ones. As always, I never cease to be amazed at how good God is! We are also incredibly thankful to all of you who have faithfully supported the ministry of Reach Out on Campus this past year.
As I look forward to a new year of ministry on the campus of Ohio University and another year of leading the ministry of ROC, I am reminded of how important new beginnings can be. For followers of Christ, new beginnings are a part of our identity. 2 Corinthians 5:17&18 describe it like this. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:”
|ROC Students at the Mountain|
Mission School in Grundy, VA
ROC holds among its core values the desire to join other believers in this “ministry of reconciliation.” As the world gathers together to celebrate the start of a new year and looks forward to the new beginnings that a new year brings, I am reminded of the importance of this mission that we all share. I believe that this desire for a new beginning has been hardwired into our spiritual DNA. Our souls long to be renewed and reunited with our creator. This makes our mission to point people to the cross and invite them to join us in this “ministry of reconciliation” that much more important.
Call me a little biased, but I believe that our college campuses happen to be a field ripened for this message of a new beginning. Furthermore, including our college students in this “ministry of reconciliation” is the only way that sweeping revival will ever happen in our nation. (All prior religious awakenings have begun with young people.) This is why the staff and volunteers at ROC believe that God has given us an incredible opportunity at Ohio University.
|I promise, we were stopped and the van|
was in park!
As the beginning of a new semester approaches, I am excited about all the opportunities that God has blessed ROC with. As you read this, a group of students will be joining me in a winter service trip at the Mountain Mission School in Grundy, VA. Shortly after we return, we will be kicking off a new semester of Crosswalk, Bible Studies, Discovery Workshop (New Believer workshop), and Leadership Training. Another highlight of second semester is ROC’s Winter Retreat with our friends from SCF at Ohio State and ACT at Bowling Green and University of Toledo.
The student leaders have filled the calendar with lots of great events for the new semester. As supporters of ROC, I would encourage you to join us in praying that these events not only go well, but more importantly, that God would be glorified and people would come to know Him through our efforts. At the end of the day, that’s what we strive towards always.
As I mentioned from the beginning, we are so thankful for you and your faithful support. We pray that this new year would be a year filled with God’s blessings for our supporters. Thank you for partnering with us in ministry.
In the love of Christ,