My last article for Epworth Pulpit was entitled Don’t Pray About It. I highlighted one of our university students spending his summer in a creative access area of the world. That means in order to protect his safety and the integrity of the ministry we do not reveal the location of the work. I was anxious to hear from him as soon as he returned to campus in the fall not so much for a travel log of his trip but to hear what the Lord had taught him over the summer.
As soon as my young friend began relating the exciting adventures of his ministry, I knew I had to write another Epworth Pulpit article. I want to tell you not only what he learned from his ministry engagement but what I learned from him as well! You see, that’s what makes being a university professor such a worthwhile profession. Not only do we teach our students, but they teach us as well.
Before I tell you what his ministry team did, let me tell you where they were. I’ll speak in general terms so as not to give their location away. Their assignment took them to a remote part of the world far removed from the message of Jesus Christ and all things Christian. Some nights they stayed in hostels; at other times they slept in tents. They were as far from anything familiar to the western world as a college student from the United States can get. It was truly an eye-opening experience.