As the semester is wrapping up, the planning stage is only approaching that much faster! We have had a great first semester!!!! Our desire is to continue the growth and progress. Friendships are being built in a variety of different "circles." Please continue to pray for us for great wisdom and discernment. Our hope is that God will change hearts and lives!
Father, after an "intense" URL (University Religious Leaders) meeting here at Purdue, this campus needs you! This world needs you! Satan and sin has blinded people that they would follow other gods, including worshiping themselves. There is such a pursuit of fulfillment and self-righteousness, that a veil has been placed over their eyes that only You can remove. Please Father, bring a revival to this campus of Your salvation. I thank You for placing my family and I here, but only You can save! Give us Your continuous boldness to speak truth in love to those who You bring across our path.
Father, please grant us wisdom as Julie and I parent our children and disciple them to know You so much more intimately. We are "in the world" but "not of it!" We need Your discernment as we teach our children discernment.
May Your glory be ever present and always going before us in all that we do!
Life in Indiana is going well, but still trying to get use to the temperature of early winter. We have already experienced the tornado sirens going off, to blustering winds, to a day of snow already! And we are only in the first full week of December!
I know, I know.....it will only get worse (weather wise!)
Other than the weather, our greatest challenges have been learning our way around and getting to know people. We have had some great opportunities to meet people representing different areas of our ministry. We have met with folks from the State convention, other ministry leaders, pastors, and of course international students. Arriving here in the area at the end of the semester appears to be to our advantage (thanks to the Lord!) because it is giving us a chance to get to learn our "environment" first before offering our "services." The other awesome thing is how God has sounded the trumpet of our arrival based on His reputation of providing us a house. We have people coming up to us, when they find out our name, and say, "I heard about how God got you here!" We are constantly reminding our family and those who we meet that this is ALL God's doing! He gets the credit!
Now we are getting settled in, trying to get adjusted, but also, earnestly seeking the Lord to see where He is working and to join Him. We know without a shadow of a doubt that we are to be here! It is now praying for discernment and wisdom in daily decision making for our home and ministry. Please continue to pray for us!
Well, today is the day! God has moved us here to Indiana to get things started! I am thrilled to be here, but as I walk this campus, my heart is overwhelmed by how many international students are here! I wish we could reach them all! The look in their eyes is gripping because I never noticed how lonely some appear to be. Lord help us and lead us!
Unbeknownst to me, I got to go to my first URL meeting (University Religious Leaders). It was a meeting/lecture on the Holocaust. Although it was gripping, the final discussions turned into a theological discussion that revealed that the speakers were actually atheistic or agnostic at best. It was saddening. It revealed how man's intelligence, no matter how many degrees, makes him know God no better. What I mean is these guys had their degrees and we very well-learned, their hearts were only harder to who God is. They were attempting to separate being Jewish from being religious or at least a devout follower of God (although their culture is based on a relationship with God!). They need Jesus!
OK, I'm off to pick up my wife and return to the campus to finalize some documents and prayer walk the campus. We are desperately pleading for God to place us in the paths of these international students!
Dennis Runner- a witness, a follower, a student, and a lump of clay in the hands of my God and Savior.