A Place for Questions
Earlier this semester Lex, a sophomore transfer student, came to one of our weekly large group Bible studies. And she had questions. Lots of questions.
She had never read the Bible before. Her previous encounters with christians had been largely negative. She was sure she was going to hate her experience, but since she was invited by a friend she trusted, she agreed to come just for one night, just to check it out.
As we discussed Jesus's encounter with the Samaritan woman in John 4, Lex started asking her questions:
"What is going on?"
"Why did Jesus say that?"
"What is living water?"
"What does this mean?"
She was curious, skeptical, and frustrated with what she didn't understand. And she shared all of that with refreshing openness as our community studied the passage together. We had a great discussion, but given her frustration and skepticism, I was not sure we would ever see her again.
And then she came back. Week after week.
She started attending a freshman small group.
She asked for a Bible to read on her own.
And she kept asking questions.
Later Lex shared with me that she was absolutely shocked by her experience in InterVarsity. Her questions were welcome. Curiosity was encouraged. Jesus was fascinating. The community was welcoming and kind.
"No one is more surprised than me that I love being part of a Christian group.
Clearly God is doing something in my life."
A few weeks ago Lex made a decision to trust the Lord and start following Jesus. She loves Bible study. She is eager to grow. She has enlivened our community with her perpetual curiosity and honest (sometimes hilarious!) questions. And very much like the Samaritan woman in John 4, she has recently started inviting her friends to "come and see" for themselves what she has found in this community. (Pictured below: Lex's Small Group)
Thank you for investing in this ministry so that students like Lex have a place to ask questions, study Scripture, and grapple with the good news of the Gospel. Your prayers and partnership are changing lives at Meredith College.
From all of us - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Pictures from our Christmas party:
Left: Emily and Sadie (and me!) - Freshmen small group leaders. Right: Gisselle, Mahali, and Montse - LaFe (Latina Fellowship) leaders
Prayer Requests: Our wonderful small group leader Martia will not be able to lead next semester (she will be student teaching as she finishes her degree).
Please pray for Tai who will be stepping into this role for the spring semester.
And pray that the Lord will raise up more students willing to serve and lead this growing community.
Your partnership makes this work possible.
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