캠퍼스(Yale) Jenny Groff 사역자(2021년 12월)

I always struggle a bit with how short the daylight hours are around this time of year. My weather app says that today's sunset will be 4:23pm! Each morning when I wake, it's still dark and the sun has yet to rise, yet there's a point where the sunlight finally breaks through the windows.

I'm reminded of the verse in Hosea, "As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth." (Hosea 6:3)

There's something assuring about that moment I see the sun's light. Something totally out of my control, yet there's never a doubt that the light will come. Ruth Haley Barton, one of my favorite authors on spiritual formation, says that waiting for the sunrise is a spiritual practice - one that forms our hearts to anticipate God coming for us

In advent, we anticipate and celebrate the coming of Christ - the "light of the world" (John 8:12). 

There have been moments this semester in our community, both in individual students' lives and as a whole, where we've had to acknowledge darkness - whether that's sin, pain, or suffering. Yet we can anticipate God coming to us - bringing light for our darkness - as surely as the sun rises.

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As I reflect on this semester, I'm filled with deep gratitude for all the ways in which Jesus comes to us at Yale. From every new student we've seen say yes to following Christ, to every core group and 1:1 conversation, to how He has sustained us personally, to the very practical ways He has provided room and resources. As I look ahead, I anticipate all the ways He will continue to come to us.

And if you're up before the sunrise, perhaps you can join me in the practice of waiting for and watching the sun appear - just as we know Christ will. 

A few Yalies sharing what God has been doing in their lives - we love them so much! Thank you for making it possible for us to meet them and walk alongside them.
A few weeks ago, we set up an inflatable pool in the middle of campus to witness two students get baptized! Hearing these students' stories and their desire to publicly profess their commitment to following Christ was such a powerful moment for our entire community. 

Yale can often a place where being a Christian alienates you from peers, so we're very proud of these women taking the step to boldly declare their faith in Christ as their risen Lord and Savior. We pray many more students would come to know Christ here!

Our wonderful interns tabling on campus! Yale students sure do love free hot chocolate.
Ben w/ some students at the Yale v. Harvard football game! 
 

 
Students heading home
As our students spend time away from Yale, would you pray that they would continue to seek and grow with God - and experience rest for their souls? We're very aware that more and more students are exhausted - physically, mentally and emotionally - and we're praying that this next month is a blessing on their bodies as they're able to take time off from school. 

A restful break for our team
Our team will be taking a 2-week break over Christmas and New Years. Most of us are feeling a bit emotionally exhausted, myself included. Please pray that we may be able to rest well as we enter the new semester! 

Thank you for faithfully praying for and partnering with Yale Chi Alpha. I am honored to be sent here by you! Please let me know how I can be praying for you. 

If you are interested in supporting what God is doing at Yale and in the Northeast, click the button below to sign up on my secure AG giving page.

 

With love and gratitude, Jenny


Campus Missionary at Yale University | Assemblies of God U.S. Missions

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