In the world of campus ministry we have come to the completion of another academic semester. Of the three semesters I’ve been Campus Ministry Associate in Omaha, this has defiantly been the busiest, which can only mean one thing; this ministry is alive and well and growing!
In September the students organized the first UNO (card game) at UNO (University of Nebraska at Omaha). The crowd was small, but a good time was had by all and lots of prizes were handed out. In October we took our annual trip to the pumpkin patch to indulge in the fall harvest activities. In November we held our first Annual Get Away Auction and Dinner fundraiser, and in December we took our annual trip to Grand Island to see the Evangelical Free Church’s Singing Christmas Tree.
As this ministry continues to grow I find myself contemplating the focus of campus ministry; is this a ministry to students or a ministry for students? The only logical answer I can come up with is both! As the NeLCM mission statement say’s “Inviting people in academic settings more deeply into Jesus Christ and the community which bear His Name, so that all may discover and fulfill their vocation as disciples” we need to continue to reach out to people and provide the Bible study, Faith Forum, and Prayer Around the Cross so they can build their relationship with Jesus Christ “more deeply.” We also need to continue providing opportunities for students to serve others. We continue to serve the homeless at Open Door Mission once each month, and our anticipated alternative spring break trip to Minneapolis for an urban emersion experience so that they “may discover and fulfill their vocation as disciples.”
Unlike congregational ministry, our members are unable to financially support the ministry that gives so much to them. Therefore we rely on outside support and gifts. We cannot continue providing this great ministry to the academic community at UNO without your support, would you please consider making a gift to NeLCM-Omaha? Thank you.