Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am writing you again to express our continued thankfulness for your support as well as to give you an update on our ministry here in Princeton. As a result of your prayers, God continues to work in the lives of our students.
Since my last email, the biggest event that has happened was the Nexus Conference. Thank you for your prayers for this event! This year’s Nexus was a special time of seeking God. We had a group of about fifty students from Princeton that went with us. In total, nearly 300 students from all of the Ivies and Stanford came together for a weekend of worshipping God, praying together, and hearing His word in Scripture. The theme of this year’s conference was “Turn the World Upside-down,” based on Acts 17:6, where Christians are said to have turned the world upside-down with the message of the gospel.
Some of the highlights of this year’s Nexus included messages from plenary speakers (who included our own Matt Bennett, as well as Rolland Warren, David Bryant, and Nancy Ortberg), challenging breakout sessions, and a spoken word competition (you can hear the messages from the plenary session here as well as watch highlights from the spoken word competition here). One especially well-attended breakout session was a talk by Ryan Anderson on responding biblically to the transgender movement. In addition to growing in their faith, our students evidently grew closer to one another during this weekend.
Beyond Nexus, we have also continued to see God work through our regular campus meetings. We have been encouraged by seeing a continued turnout of fifteen to twenty students at 12:1, our daily prayer gatherings. Our Bible courses have also been off to a strong start, with some new students joining our courses this semester, which has been very encouraging to us. Finally, we have continued to have good times of worship at our large group gatherings. This past weekend we hosted Tim Henderson, who gave a powerful message on the lordship of Christ, at Encounter. The following day Tim led our students in a time of evangelism training.
As you pray for our ministry here, please keep the following in your prayers:
We are personally praying and fasting that God will grow our Bible courses and draw more students to study the Scripture together. Would you join us in praying to this end?
We are praying that God will draw students to new life in Christ. Already, we have seen six students profess faith in Jesus for the first time this year. Would you pray for more students to do the same? Please also pray that God will give us increased opportunities to share the gospel on campus.
We have already begun establishing leadership teams for the coming school year. Would you pray that these teams will serve as a catalyst for students to grow in their faith personally as well as a means to call their peers to a greater degree of devotion to Christ?
As you know, we are praying and working daily for a spiritually vibrant Princeton—that Christ’s name would be honored in more profound ways at this great university. Would you finally join us in praying to this end?
Thank you again for your prayers and financial support of our ministry here in Princeton. We are truly thankful for your partnership in the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Grace and peace,
Christian Union Teaching Fellow
Princeton Faith and Action