I care for students who have no hope, no goals, and no idea of what Christ has created them for. They are lethargic and apathetic at times. What they do get excited about is so empty, it’s sad. To see stories of young people who are on the total opposite end of the spectrum encourages me to continue to minister as long as the Lord has me here. It’s an encouragement to me to keep on loving these kids, even though they may not get it for years, and may keep rejecting Christ’s love through me. It’s nothing compared to what my brothers are experiencing in other lands, so I continue to pray and seek God for these students… and those around the world.
Jesus wants to break your heart
You don’t really belong to Jesus in the sense that he can control your actions on a daily basis until he has broken your heart. You may not understand that statement, in which case I recommend that you trade places with Chad Mast – go to India and help the orphans there. Chad describes what that looks like for him today in this blog excerpt from an Indian orphanage where temperatures reach 128 degrees daily and there is not enough food or water:
“I lie under a half moon directly above my head with the temperature at about 85 degrees, the sound of hundreds of mosquitoes buzzing around and all I can think about is how lucky I am that God chose me. I am in the middle of a country that persecutes Christians to the fullest extent; some states actually have a law that if anyone is converted to a different religion other than their birth religion they can be put to death.
Some might think, what are you doing there, why would you want to convert someone? I rejoice in praise at the thought. This calling is such a blessing, to bring the Love of Jesus Christ to people that have never heard the Gospel is an honor. Think about it, this life is between 60-100 years if you are lucky, what are you going to do for the next eternity? My job is to show this to 80 beautiful orphans.
My heart has been broken twice since I have been here. The first experience happened when I got the whole story on some of the women that are here….” continued here.
I had a revelation when I was in India for the first time – a young lady who had struggled with drugs and self-absorption had spent a few months ministering to the orphans there. She wasn’t particularly spiritual, and I don’t think there was a formal discipling program, but it changed her life. She saw her selfishness for what it was and it freaked her out. We spend way too much money on counseling which feeds the notion that we’re at the center of the universe. Instead we should just fly ’em over and drop ’em off in places where the people’s problems make their pity parties look ridiculous.
This just shows how important short term missions are to effective student/young adult ministry.
These guys could come from anyone’s ministry. They just need prodded and prompted so that the Holy Spirit can convict and motivate.