Tuesday, November 28, 2017

November Update

Happy Thanksgiving from the staff and students at Reach Out on Campus! As I write this update our students are busily finishing up last minute assignments and exams before they leave for Thanksgiving break. The semester really is flying past. When our students return from break we will be down to 2 weeks of classes and a week of finals.

As I reflect back upon the semester I am encouraged by the ways that God has been at work through our students. One example of this was our Halloween Hot Dog outreach event. Through your prayers and generosity our students gave out 1,000 hotdogs during the annual Block Party. That’s exciting to me because it means that 1,000 people heard, possibly some for the first time, that Jesus loves them. It was a simple and very practical expression of love, but for many people it was both unexpected and deeply appreciated.

ROC Students at the Hotdog Outreach
We deeply appreciate all who helped to make this event an overwhelming success. So many of you reached out to us to encourage us, pray for us, and even give to make the outreach happen. Additionally we were blessed by many who came to lend a hand in preparing the hot dogs as well as helping out on the front lines. What awesome supporters we have!

Another event that we are hosting is the Student Ministry Day on December 2nd. In case you haven’t already heard, in just a few short weeks we are inviting youth groups from the area to join us on campus for a day of worship, teaching, and fun. Everything is being planned and carried out by our ROC students in an effort to invest in local high school and middle school students. This will be our second year for this event and we are looking forward to welcoming some new groups as well as reconnecting with others!

What outreach would be complete
without a dancing hotdog?
Finally, I just wanted to share how excited we are about ROC’s winter break service trip. From January 7th to 11th we will be serving with the Mountain Mission School in Grundy, VA. We have a group of 15 that will be working in classrooms at the school, leading devotions and worship at Chapel, participating in work projects, and loving on kids in Jesus’ name. This is our second time serving with MMS and we are looking forward to continuing that relationship for years to come.

Developing and sustaining relationships with the mission fields we serve is one of our key strategic goals for missions at ROC. This is why you will see us continue to return to many of the same fields over and over again. Relational ministry is such an important component of what we do within ROC that it only makes sense that our missions program would be relational as well.

As we approach the end of another year at Ohio University we are reminded of how grateful we are for so many of you who help provide for the needs of the ministry. As always your faithfulness and generosity continue to humble and amaze us. Thank you for choosing to partner with us as we seek to glorify God at Ohio University and around the world!

Many Thanks,