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Dear CU Lumine Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

“...Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.” (John 2:10-11)

We are officially in the Summer A Semester and have restarted in-person and online Bible courses for students. We are studying the Gospel of John and the above passage is from John 2 after Jesus performs His first miracle at a wedding in Cana. This passage led to a fruitful discussion about Jesus bringing overwhelming joy to those who obey and follow Him. In the midst of so many changes and unknowns this past year, it was an encouraging and timely truth for the students to remind their own hearts of how Jesus seeks to bring and give eternal joy to His followers.

We were able to hold our first official in-person event with 26 students for this semester following safety guidelines. We spent a few hours together eating, talking, praying, and worshipping God together. It was a sweet time of fellowship.

It has also been very encouraging to see the student ministry leaders plan for Fall 2021. We’ve set apart the month of June for a time of fasting and prayer as we seek the Lord for wisdom and direction.

Would you please join us in praying for:

  1. Summer Bible courses: pray for the students as we study through the Gospel of John. Pray that God would open their spiritual eyes to encounter Him in the text
  2. Student ministry leaders and executive team: pray for the student leaders as they plan for the upcoming semester. Pray that God would give them wisdom and the strength they need to accomplish all their tasks. Pray that the summer would be refreshing times for their hearts.
  3. Incoming freshmen: pray for the new students joining Columbia this fall. Pray that they would be able to connect with Christian Union Lumine students and experience the hope of the gospel through deep, meaningful relationships.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support for the ministry here at Columbia!

Stan Thomas
Ministry Director
Christian Union Lumine

Please note: if you would like to receive regular updates on how to pray for Christian Union's work at Columbia, please email prayer@christianunion.org.