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Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five/two talents came forward, bringing five/two talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five/two talents; here, I have made five/two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’Matthew 25:19-23

Dear Friends and Family of HCFA,

Imbedded in the parables surrounding Jesus’ teaching concerning His return and the final judgment (Matthew 24 & 25) lies a verdict that far surpasses any report card, performance review or earthly accomplishment we could obtain or imagine: Well done, good and faithful servant.

As our hearts are warmed and transformed by the very heart of God, our desires change. Our aim to please the One who has loved us so well surpasses all other goals.

How do we best prepare for that day? I suppose the answer is as simple as this: one season, one episode, one chapter…one degree, one work space, one faith community at a time. How can we know that we’re on track? Sometimes our friends and colleagues are in a position, albeit with significant limitations, to tell us so. For our purposes in this prayer letter, that would be me!

Farewell to the Class of 2018 and to Jon Yeager (CU Ministry Fellow)

From Jon Yeager:
It’s bittersweet for me to announce that I’ll be leaving Christian Union at Harvard at the end of the month in order to step into a pastoral role with my church in Boston, Church of the Cross. I consider these past three years working with HCFA an immense blessing. From seeing students become leaders in the ministry to working daily with this faithful team co-laborers, I’ll undoubtedly miss being in the midst of this meaningful work. While my focus has been on serving and maturing HCFA into the fullness of Christ, participating in this work has shaped and matured me in significant ways. I’m so very grateful for all the known and unseen parts that our friends and supporters play in giving me this opportunity. Your prayers and partnership have blessed me and I trust God has worked through our time together, a time that has no end even though my job will. May God continue his faithful work of recreation as we all continue to put our hands to the gospel plow. Gratefully yours, Jon

As we bid a fond farewell to Jon it is coupled with a poignant send-off we recently experienced with the members of 2018. Every year I think/ say/ feel the same thing: I cannot even imagine HCFA without __ in the mix. And yet, year after year, as now hundreds of students have come and gone, all we can do is thank God for their lives and contribution, as we open our hearts to receive another class. I don’t think our friends from 2018 will soon forget their senior year for a myriad of reasons. We will certainly never forget the grace, strength and leadership they gave in their time at Harvard. The young women and men in 2022 have some big shoes to fill, and by God’s grace, they will leave their own legacy.

And so, members of the Class of 2018, Jon – well done good and faithful servants. May God richly bless you as you co-write the next chapter in your lives.

Much love in Christ,
on behalf of the CU Staff Team at Harvard

Don Weiss
Ministry Director
Harvard College Faith and Action 

P.S. We thank God that Tyler Parker, our intern, will continue to serve on a part-time basis for another year. Plus, we are in the final stages of hiring a teaching fellow for our team, and we plan to share an exciting announcement in our next update. 

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