It’s Thursday and we are again highlighting another exciting church planting effort in NA. This week we are considering a family in Provo, Utah. Known for its LDS stronghold, Provo remains some of the most difficult and rocky terrain for gospel ministry in NA. But things are changing. And in no small part, they are changing due to the efforts of this small group of faithful believers we are highlighting. In particular, these brothers and sisters are seeing fruit amongst the large population of college students in the area. Below are a few updates on their efforts, followed by some prayer request you can be involved in.
We had our first “party” for the BYU group at our house. We had around 20 students (mostly LDS along with our core group of Evangelical students) come over for a fun evening of hot soup and chili, campfire s’mores and pumpkin cookies, and lots of games! I believe the party at our house really helped them to get to know each other and bond a bit more. Recently, we enjoyed a bowling event with around 22 BYU students. More bonding and good times!
Our Wednesday night Bible Study has continued to go really well as we just finished up a study titled “20 Basics Every Christian Should Know.” We continue to have LDS students come and join our discussion. It is so exciting to see what God is doing among the few Evangelical students He’s brought to this campus. They are a hodgepodge of cultures, denominations, and even ages, but they are growing in spiritual depth and evangelistic vigor.
While we have seen the Lord working in many ways, we have also seen and heard of many ways the Enemy is attacking friends, church members, and other church plants in the area. We are entering the long winter season, which brings on bouts of depression and isolation for many here in “happy valley.” Please continue to pray for the power and glory of God to prevail against the darkness here.
As always, please pray for protection over our marriage and family, that we’ll stay faithful to the True Gospel and the mission God has set before us, and that we’ll remain sensitive to the Spirit’s guidance.
Mike is an Assistant Professor of Church Planting and Evangelism, the Associate Director for North American Church Planting for the Center for Great Commission Studies, and a National Missionary of the North American Mission Board (D.Miss., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, M.Div., Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary)