I was a freshman back in 1997 when I was reached by a fraternity in our campus. I just needed a group to belong to. It’s that simple. And that single decision changed the course of my college life which affected my destiny after I graduated – my work, my mindset, my views in life, my dealings with my relationships.
Fast forward 8 years later (since my freshman), Pastor Richard Escosar (now our senior pastor in Victory Roxas) reached me out and mentored me and God started to change my life.
Soon after, I got involved in the campus ministry as a volunteer – ministering to students & preaching in our youth service. This is where God touched my heart to reach out to the next generation.
Looking back, I’ve realized that if only there was somebody who mentored me in college and told me about Jesus, my life could’ve been different. But I’m sure God has a plan for me and He made sure I knew Him in time so I may speak to the lives of our future leaders.
I’ve seen countless leaders of our church from across the nation who have been reached out when they were still in the campus. Our senior pastor- Keith Deloria- is just one of them and all of our current campus leaders are also a product of our campus ministry.
As a campus ministry, our desire is to see more students’ lives transformed by God’s liberating power through the Word. As campus ministers, we dedicate our time, effort and energy reaching out to students, mentoring them and empowering them to lead the next generation.
There is something significant that we can do to help the next generation which is why we are passionate in bringing hope to the young people’s lives and leading them to Christ and that they too may do the same to their fellow students.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, a Swiss American psychiatrist, beautifully said it this way about reaching the young people:
“I didn’t fully realize it at the time, but the goal of my life was profoundly molded by this experience – to help produce, in the next generation, more Mother Teresas and less Hitlers.”
Reaching the next generation is given primary importance because this is the heart our movement. This also very close to my heart every time I recall my college life. But beyond all these, it’s the heartbeat of God.
This May 29-31, our movement is celebrating the next generation through the IGNITE Every Nation Asia Campus Conference. I’m personally thrilled with what God is going to do with the thousands of students gathered together to worship. I pray that their hearts will be stirred to seek Him more and live a life that honors Him and have hearts that seeks to touch more lives by His Word.
Here’s a teaser video of the upcoming Ignite 2013.