June 23, 2003

Prayer Letters
June 23, 2003 Prayer Letter

Dear Faithful Ones:

Thank you for your prayers! They’re working! In my last letter I asked you to pray for my fund development in these last two months of this fiscal year. Each week I have been meeting with potential new donors, sharing with them about Graduate & Faculty Ministries and asking them to consider becoming a partner-in-ministry.

These have been great meetings! Many have said yes, and many have been able to give both a year-end gift as well as making a commitment to become an on-going partner in prayer and/or giving.

There have also been some surprises along the way (some gifts of encouragement) from the Lord. I have walked away feeling blessed again and again to be able to share this growing ministry with more and more people.

I deeply appreciate your prayers and support thus far, and I am especially in need your prayers to finish well these last few days of this academic and fiscal year. There are several specific areas for which your continued prayers would be most helpful:

June 20 – 22, I am traveling west to help with a weekend Chapter
Camp for the GFM Chapters in S. California. Pray for the chapter leaders that will be coming from U C Irvine, UC San Diego, UCLA, and Claremont Graduate University, that God will be leading them in a vision for planning for their respective campuses.

Fund Development Appointments that are yet to take place. I still have several appointments set up in the next week and a half and some into early July to continue to work at raising my full support for this year, and get started on next year’s support. Pray that I can move from being 80% funded to being fully funded soon.

July 2-5, I will be in Madison, WI helping with InterVarsity Staff Education in the area of Spiritual Formation through a short class entitled: The Ministry of Spiritual Formation: Helping Staff Know and Love Christ. Pray that the course will help us to focus on what we are learning about spiritual formation and how we might grow in competency and depth as workers together with God who purposes to conform us to the image of his Son.

Thank You for praying!

About mid-July I will be sending you another update on how the above requests were answered. I am also in the process of moving into the 21st Century, so hope to have a web site available by then, which will include pictures, some book reviews, and other updates of GFM Ministry.

Joyfully,

Jay

Posted by Jay at 10:24 AM

April 30, 2003

Prayer Letters
April 2003 Prayer Letter

Dear Faithful Ones —

It Never Rains in California? I think that is the title or first phrase of a "Golden Oldies" song, but it is not true.

I spent a very rainy week in February with a staff colleague, Lynn Gill, visiting GFM Chapters in Southern California. Lynn started traveling in the fall to these campuses from her home in New Mexico. I joined her for this visit to Graduate Students and Faculty at UCLA, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, and the Claremont Graduate School. Since the chapters don't have any resident GFM Staff, they are very eager to speak with a staff, so we were very well received.

What most caught my attention about these students was their commitment to prayer and fasting. At two of the campuses, UC Irvine and the Claremont Graduate School, the students were praying and fasting, asking God to be at work on their campuses.

I'll be joining Lynn again the weekend of June 20-22 in a Chapter Camp for the GFM Chapter Leaders in S. California, to do some Leadership Training and Planning for the next year. Pray that God will give the Leadership Teams of each campus a vision for His heart for their campus.

Answering Our Prayers

Thank you for your prayers for the Following Christ 2002 conference December 28 - January 2. God answered so many prayers! It was a delight to work with other staff and volunteers in all the different aspects of prayer: intercession, prayer ministry, praying before plenary sessions with the speakers, morning prayers, and complines (evening prayers). As one student put it: "The conference was excellent — it was just what my soul needed after my first semester in a Ph.D. program at a secular university!" (from the conference report, available in online in Acrobat format [522K]).

We also had the opportunity through a lunch discussion to begin a new GFM Initiative — Women in the Academy. We were able to have four women faculty and graduate students representing different career stages and fields of study share from their experiences. GFM Staff are now surveying women faculty and graduate students this spring to help collect data for this Initiative. Pray that the goals of doing research and providing resources to help equip women and men to be a redeeming influence for women in the academy will be met in the months and years to come through this Initiative.

If you would like to hear how the conference was first-hand, you can listen to the plenary talks at the conference website, FollowingChrist.org.

Sharing the Story

Between now and the end of the fiscal year (June 30), I will be telling the story of why I am doing what I do in ministry and asking people to give to support the work of GFM. Even through I have 19 new donors this year and 10 donors who have increased their giving, I have others who have needed to decrease and a few who have had to stop giving. Pray that I will find monthly donors that will add up to $1,100 a month and enough one-time gifts to erase my projected deficit of $5,000 by June 30. (If you'd like to give right away, you can do it online at my secure IVCF donation page.)

I know that some of you pray daily for me, and for that I am so thankful! I would especially appreciate it if you could make this "fiscal concern" a daily item of prayer for the next two months as I work on these support issues.

Hallelujah! What a Saviour

As we have journeyed through the Easter Season I have been reminded again of the Good News there is for us and others in the death and resurrection of Christ.

"Man of Sorrows!" What a name
For the Son of God who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim!
Hallelujah! What a Saviour!
— Phillip Bliss

Joyfully,

Jay

Posted by Oz at 04:10 PM