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Creating Space for Latino Fellowship

Amy Hauptman
June 6, 2014

Only 10 of the 600+ Latino students at Brown University were involved in any Christian fellowship on campus.

Why was this?

InterVarsity student and junior Monica Perez wrestled with this question during the Katrina Relief Urban Plunge. She met students from 10 other campuses with thriving Latino ministries in their InterVarsity chapters. After hearing these students’ stories, Monica sensed God was inviting her to reach out to Latino students at Brown University.

“God showed me that Latino students didn’t have a space on campus where they felt they could be understood or learn more about Jesus,” said Monica. “And I knew that this shouldn’t be.”

Seeking out the Underserved

Gordon Govier
May 6, 2014

No way was Shaylen Jackson going to be able to go to an InterVarsity conference in the middle of basketball season. Shaylen was a scholarship athlete on the Western Michigan University (WMU) basketball team and the Black Campus Ministry conference was being held in Atlanta in December 2005. Shaylen had already missed several weeks of basketball as a member of the volleyball team.

But Shaylen’s InterVarsity staff member, who worked with the Collegiate, Black, and Christian chapter at WMU, encouraged her to at least pray about going to the conference. “So I prayed about it,” Shaylen said. “And the more I prayed about it, the more I felt like the Lord was leading me to go to this thing even if it didn’t make sense.”

She went to her coach, convinced he would not let her go to the conference. But he said, “If you feel like that’s what the Lord is telling you, then you should go.”

Urbana 15 Scripture Chosen

May 2, 2014

For Immediate Release

(Madison, WI) – InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has laid the foundation for the December 2015 Urbana Student Missions Conference by choosing the Gospel of Matthew as the Urbana 15 Scripture focus.

“Every three years, the Urbana Missions team seeks to saturate the entire Urbana conference in Scripture,” said Tom Lin, InterVarsity Vice President, Director of Missions and Urbana. “We believe this generation is moved and inspired by narrative, and there is obviously none more central than that of Jesus' crucifixion and the cross, both of which we will study from the Gospel of Matthew at Urbana 15.”

Distinguished Alumni Award

April 28, 2014

InterVarsity president Alec Hill and his wife Mary have been honored with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from Young Life, an organization with a rich history of ministry to high school and middle school students. The award is given annually.

Alec was a volunteer leader for Young Life at a Seattle’s Chief Sealth High School for three years, while attending Seattle Pacific University. He later wrote, “Those years changed the trajectory of my life.”

Mary was active in Young Life as a student at Ingraham High School in Seattle. It was during that time that she became a follower of Jesus Christ.

This is the second alumni honor for Alec. In 2012 he was named Alumnus of the Year by Seattle Pacific University.

God Is Not Dead on Campus

Gordon Govier
April 21, 2014

The struggle between faith and doubt on college campuses is highlighted in the movie God Is Not Dead, which has been seen by surprisingly large audiences since its release one month ago today. For three weeks in a row, God Is Not Dead ranked in the top five movies, generating a financial return ten times its $4 million production budget.

But does its theme accurately reflect the climate confronted by InterVarsity in its campus ministry? A valid question, since InterVarsity is listed at the end of the movie among the groups which have gone to court to defend religious freedom on campus.

Adventures in Bible Study

Kathryn Brill
March 18, 2014

Reading the Bible is unlike reading any other book in the world. As the Word of God, the stories of the Bible are more than just intriguing or entertaining—they have the power to change our lives and bring us into closer relationship with God. Through the Bible study they lead together, Weber State University students Jordan Barbadillo and Michelle Frias have grown to love reading God’s Word in community and acting on what they hear.

The Power of the Word

For both Jordan and Michelle, their time in Weber’s InterVarsity chapter has transformed their view of Scripture. “I’ve fallen in love with the Word and constantly have to rely on its truth,” said Michelle. “Before college I had no idea that God wants to and can speak to us, but now I know how to hear him in Scripture.” Jordan has also found new significance in the Word of God that he hadn’t seen before: “After just the first year in InterVarsity, I got a glimpse of the depth of God’s Word.”

From Oreos to Justice

Lisa Rieck
March 11, 2014

“I never thought that marketing could free the oppressed,” said Sheeba Philip, Vice President of Global Marketing and Public Relations at International Justice Mission (IJM) and an InterVarsity alumna.

What she knew from experience was that good marketing could help the world fall in love all over again with Oreos and Chips Ahoy! brand cookies. For ten years Sheeba worked in the corporate world, serving as the Senior Director of the Global Treats Brand Platform for Mondelēz International and Kraft Foods, and as Global Marketing Director for Oreo, a $2 billion brand known in over 100 countries.

She had essentially reached the pinnacle of her career and was thriving in her work. Why would she choose to leave a great boss, exciting growth opportunities in the corporate world, and the chance to market the darling of the cookie world?

Connecting Multiethnicity to Chapter Growth

Gordon Govier
February 14, 2014

The first day of classes for the fall semester at Occidental College (Oxy) in Los Angeles was on August 28th, 2013, the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s I Have a Dream speech. The speech was on everyone’s mind, as students re-enacted the March on Washington and a faculty panel discussed the March.

“The college wanted to highlight the intersection between race and spirituality, and so it gave us an opportunity to step right into the midst of that discussion,” said Campus Staff Member Drew Jackson. That night Drew helped lead a candlelight vigil on campus and spoke on Isaiah 40, a Scripture passage quoted by Dr. King in his speech.

Sharing the Gospel with Your Professor

The next morning the campus community had a further chance to discuss King’s legacy, race relations in America, and the gospel of Jesus Christ, as InterVarsity students manned the Hope Proxe right in the middle of campus.

Are You a Disciple for Life?

Lisa Rieck
February 7, 2014

What does it look like to experience God’s faithfulness and to love his purposes in the world in real time, over the long haul?

Though alumnus Neal Jordan would point to the lives of others as models—to classmates of his in the fifties who went on to serve in Africa or work with children in Appalachia or do lay ministry for international students—his own story offers a compelling picture of God’s faithful care and direction for his disciples over a lifetime. (Watch the video of Neal sharing at InterVarsity’s 2014 National Staff Conference below.)

The College Years: Growing in Mind and Heart

A college freshman at Cornell in 1950, Neal was hopeful. “Times were good,” he said. “After the deprivations of the Depression and of World War II, the focus was on the material. College men were optimistic that they could find good jobs.”

He Felt God Tug on His Heart

January 24, 2014

Gary Cowman had no interest in Africa when he left his hometown to attend California State University – Fullerton. He had grown up in Laguna Beach and intended to become an accountant. How did this future accountant end up spending the last 24 years in Kenya?  Just how God worked in the life of this InterVarsity student is reported in a story that appeared this week in the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot.

There’s more to the story, in an article on InterVarsity’s Urbana website.

Photo by Don Leach, used by permission of the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot.

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