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Dear CU Gloria Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. — Hebrews 12:28,29

Warmest Greetings from Cambridge.

If there is any lesson to be learned from the past couple of years it is this: nothing is certain, everything is fragile. Like a long row of dominoes falling, recent tumultuous circumstances have threatened our collective equilibrium and for some of us rocked our very world. For those of you who know me, you might be thinking, “there he goes again, the hopeless realist.” Ha, maybe so. I hope and pray that I am, more often than not, a hopeful realist who is clinging to the unshakable promises of God. We are praying as much for all of you as we journey together in 2023. By his grace may we buck any trends to fade in our faith and instead grow in our reliance and trust in the Lord, experiencing his peace and joy, which is our very birthright.

Students are returning en masse in a mere week. In the meantime, we have been gathering for virtual meetings every Wednesday night to talk about evangelism and the prayer support we will need to see students come to saving faith in Jesus. In light of the spiritual needs of the nearly 7,000 undergraduates at Harvard, our efforts might seem relatively small and ultimately of little consequence. We are keenly aware of this and remain desperate in our concerted efforts for nothing less than a manifestation of God’s presence and the powerful work of the Holy Spirit in our midst. This is our number one prayer request and there is not a close second. Please join us in crying out to God for this. Thank you!

Speaking of sharing the gospel, please check out two of the resources we are sharing with students in the realm of apologetics. Some of you may already be familiar with a podcast entitled Questioning Christianity with Tim Keller. The lectures, followed by Q and A with a skeptical audience, are simply outstanding. I would also highly recommend Surprised by Oxford: A Memoir by Carolyn Weber. I wasn’t familiar with this book until I heard about the soon-to-be-released movie by the same title. You can read the prologue here.

We are so grateful for your partnership in the gospel at Harvard. Again, thank you!

Don Weiss
Ministry Director
Christian Union Gloria

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