On the weekend of February 17th through the 19th, thousands of college students across the mid-Atlantic, from Ohio to Baltimore and beyond descended on Pittsburgh for the CCO's flagship event of the year: the Jubilee Conference. The weekend is spent showing students that their courses of study matter in the grand scale of God's redemptive plan for this world. That as Christians we need to be seeking the redemption and benevolence of all aspects of culture and society by demonstrating that there is a new and better way to walk through this life by following Christ and his teachings. This was my first time at Jubilee, while many students and colleagues had attended previous years. There truly is something exceptional and unique about Jubilee, and while I attended solo, I mandated that my students put the dates for Jubilee 2018 into their calendars when I returned. You can find highlights from the weekend on social media related to the CCO.
In other news, Pastor Kim and I were approached by a group of families from within our area who have been reaching out to international students from Penn State Harrisburg. The short version of the story is that they brought us relationships and opportunities that by myself would have taken a year or more to cultivate, and we provided them with facilities and resources that bring them in closer, more convenient proximity to more students. We've already partnered together and pulled off a rather successful game night at Middletown Church of God's gym. On March 24th we will be having an open mic and karaoke night, and if the gym night was any indication, I have high hopes for this next event.
My two main students, Konnor and Brady, are both phenomenal young men. In getting to know Brady a little better, we've found him a Chinese translation of the Bible that works best for him and we're going to start looking at places in the Bible where God cares for the poor and marginalized. Konnor and I are going to start getting our feet wet engaging in what I'm calling "field work," which is engaging students in casual ways around campus.
Your continued support is greatly appreciated. Prayer for me and Middletown Church of God, for Konnor and Brady that they continue to invest themselves in church life and growth of knowledge and intentional, missional living is at the forefront of my prayer list. Also continue to pray for these families we've been working with reaching out to international students. And lastly, please pray for my financial support; specifically that God will open opportunities for me to expand my network of donors.
Monthly publication of Kyle's newsletter updating on his ministry to students at Penn State Harrisburg.