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Dear CU Martus Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” - Matthew 5:16

Since my last update, we have concluded the Freshman Welcoming Campaign. I’m happy to report that we had 35 students join our Bible Courses. We wrapped up the Campaign with a Fall Retreat. At the fall retreat I called students to seek the Lord in greater ways. I invited them to have: four 30 minute morning and evening devotions per week, fast once a week, faithful Bible Course attendance, and faithful church attendance. Six students are now participating in this. Here are a few of their testimonies:

Dear CU Martus Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

Greetings from CU Martus! I pray this finds you well.

We are well into the fall semester, and there are two main updates: 1) we now have a Women’s Ministry Fellow, and 2) current update on the Freshman Welcoming Campaign.

I am very pleased to welcome Maima Badio to our team at CU Martus. Maima was born in Liberia, West Africa. Her experience living as a refugee in Ghana, before immigrating to the United States, fuels her passion for working with students and families. She earned her BA in Economics and International Affairs at The George Washington University. She later earned her MA in School Psychology from the University of Delaware.

Dear CU Martus Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

Greetings from Penn! I pray this finds you well.

CU Martus has two exciting updates to share as we look ahead: preparation for Freshman Welcoming Campaign growing our team!

As we prepare for the start of another academic year, we are already reaching out to incoming freshmen and preparing for their arrival on campus. One significant effort of our outreach to incoming freshmen is connecting with them on Instagram and building that relationship with them before they step foot on campus. This allows us to engage with freshmen wondering what type of Christian community there is on campus and to welcome them with open arms.

Dear CU Martus Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

Greetings in Christ from CU Martus!

As stated in the previous letter, we conducted our winter retreat. I’m pleased to say that we had 40 students that attended a retreat where we discussed the Holy Spirit and the gospel. This was a time for students to live out our third goal of being steeped in Scripture and exercise the model we see in Acts 17:11 of examining the scriptures to investigate what was being discussed at the winter retreat. Students came away being challenged in their faith, spurred on to evaluate Scripture further, and also building life-long bonds with one another.

Dear CU Martus Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

Greetings from Penn!

Hope this finds you well!

As we look to the year ahead we have a few exciting things on the horizon, particularly our winter retreat, Bible courses, and prayer workshops.

Dear CU Martus Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

Greetings from Penn! Hope this finds you well.

I’m excited to say that we have 13 Bible courses running. Students are finding community, digging into the scriptures, and growing in their faith. I’ve also talked with several freshmen that are enjoying and being encouraged and challenged in their Bible courses. Many of them are also enjoying the relational bonds within their Bible course.

Dear CU Martus Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

Greetings!

We are nearing the end of the Freshman Welcoming Campaign. I’m pleased to say that the Lord has been faithful in blessing the work of our hands as we reach out to students arriving on campus. We held events like a midnight pancakes gathering, a zoo trip, a late-night activities fair, a Phillies game, and a “Donuts for Dudes and Danishes for Dames” event to welcome new students to Penn’s campus and into CU Martus.

Dear CU Martus Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

Greetings from Penn!

I am still pushing toward our summer goals of building the support base for CU Martus and CU Fire Retreats. Thankfully, the Lord is blessing those efforts and showing his faithfulness. The summer has also been a great time to seek the Lord, make new connections for the ministry, and write a “game plan” for the upcoming semester.

Dear CU Martus Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

Greetings from Penn!

I’m thankful to say that I just returned from vacation where I was able to spend 10 days hiking 100 miles on the Appalachian Trail while seeking the Lord through the Psalms of Ascents. I found this time particularly refreshing, inspiring, and faith-building. The Lord graciously strengthened my “inner man” (Eph 3:16), and I am spurred on by what God has in store for the upcoming academic year as we diligently seek His face.

Dear CU Martus Cornerstone Partners and friends of the ministry,

Greetings from Penn! Our seniors have officially graduated, while others are off to summer internships, jobs, or study abroad programs. It is tough to send off the seniors, knowing that may be the last time I see them in person for the foreseeable future; however, I rejoice knowing how well they have been equipped in their faith to transform the world around them, and I look forward to seeing the fruit of their lives.