The vision of FRIENDS is to get re-connected with alumni of BSU/Christian Challenge ministries in Kansas and Nebraska throughout the years. We have been so fortunate to have this foundation for our family, our life and our ministry and we want to ensure that the next generations of students that live in the spiritually fertile lands of Kansas and Nebraska have the same opportunity in the next 50 years.
Jean and I raised our family in Manhattan, Kansas, where we were privileged to meet so many college students that had this same experience through the BSU/Christian Challenge discipleship-based ministry. We are excited to be on the board of FRIENDS and look forward to meeting again with so many of our BSU/CC FRIENDS in August of 2013 in Kansas City. We want to have the chance to hear the wonderful stories of how God moved and shaped the lives of so many of our FRIENDS in Kansas City next summer. With FRIENDS, we are not sure what GOD is up to, but we believe we are called to help shape the future for so many other college students who get connected with a collegiate Christian Challenge ministry in Kansas and Nebraska.
One bonus for the first real alumni gathering of BSU/Christian Challenge ministries in 2013 is that we will get to honor Bob Anderson and Brett Yohn who pioneered the ministry in the early 70’s and who have given their lives making disciples all over the world living for the sake of the gospel. Please join us in supporting this GOD-breathed mission of extending the reach of the BSU/CC ministries into the next generation.[/gn_column] [gn_column size=”1-2″ last=”1″ style=”0″]
Now, some 30 years after leaving Kansas State, my life is still most influenced by what I learned within the fellowship of the BSU. The friends that I have kept in contact with are former BSU friends and I am blessed to say that I have deepened my personal friendship with one of the most influential individuals that have ever walked the sidewalks on the K-State campus–Bob Anderson.
I remain amazed at how God has used the directors of Christian Challenge/BSU leadership on the many college campuses across Kansas and Nebraska to impact the lives of men and women around the world. From strengthening churches across these 2 states as students return home from college, to building multiple church fellowships on nearly every continent in the past 40 years.
Recognizing the unbelievable effectiveness of the disciple making ministries on the campuses across Kansas and Nebraska, it is the desire of Friends to ensure that this work continues as we seek to impact the world for Christ in the next 40 years and for generations to come. When I hear the stories, meet the people, and read the newsletters of former CC/BSU students, who are working around the world, (some in countries that can’t be listed), I am in awe how God has done such a tremendous work.
In the past 40 years God has indeed greatly blessed the disciple making work on the campuses in Kansas and Nebraska and it is the goal of Friends to continue this work for decades to come. It is my request and prayer that God will burden your heart for the work of Friends, as well. Applying what we learned in college and have lived out post graduation, it seems only natural to join with us to ensure that the schools across Kansas and Nebraska remain disciple making ministries that will change lives here and around the world.[/gn_column]