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Springtime on Campus: A Great Time for Ministry, Part 1

Posted: 5/1/18 at 7:40am. Written by Jakob Lyons.

This is the first of a three-post series spotlighting one of our Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCMs): Virginia Tech. BCMs are an integral part of the Kairos Initiative, BGAV’s network of collegiate/young adult ministries.

Jakob Lyons, a student at Virginia Tech, participated in a Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) mission trip over spring break in March 2018. The following is an excerpt from a reflection he wrote:

Throughout my week spent working with the three other guys at the BCM on Nicholl’s State University (NSU) in Thibodaux, Louisiana, I definitely felt God’s presence working in my life. First, I felt that God was/is calling me to have more boldness in sharing my faith with my friends and classmates–people whom I see on a regular basis.

I have always struggled with verbally sharing the Gospel message with people I know. I find myself attempting to live with Christ-like character so that others can see God’s love and grace shining through me; however, I fail to follow up and have discussions with my friends about why I live my life the way I do, which is to bring honor and glory to God the father who first loved me and gave himself for me.

While at NSU, the four of us participated in “water bottling” which is a method of outreach in which we went out onto campus with water bottles, approached a small group of one or two students, and offered to give them a water bottle if they would be willing to ask us or answer a question about faith.

While taking part in this outreach mission, I found a new sense of courage in sparking conversations with people about my faith, especially with those whom I interact with on a daily basis. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16 NIV)

Now that I am back on campus at Virginia Tech, I want to apply what I learned and the experiences I had during this incredible week to my life to my life here at VT. One way that I can do this is by actually having conversations with not only my close friends, but also my peers and acquaintances about what I believe as a Christian and why I live my life the way I do.

To learn more about Baptist Collegiate Ministries, visit KairosInitiative.org.