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4 Reasons to Celebrate with Shandon College Ministry

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Last week was  a fun and fruitful  7 days of  reaching out to a new class of  freshmen at USC, Columbia College, Midlands Tech, and other area universities!  We want to celebrate with you four highlights of our week.

1. Over 1,300 students came to Blatt Block Party on Tuesday! 

Thank you so much to the many adult volunteers who drove shuttles, flipped burgers, and did the "heavy lifting" to make this possible.  You set us up for success beyond what you know or see.

2. Nearly at  capacity at our new building for our first ever worship service! 

Thank you so much to our incredible modern worship team and production  team for putting so much heart and effort into an incredible night. It was amazing to see students start their new school year by worshiping our great God.


Awesome night of students committing the year ahead to God's plan and purposes through worship at Lighthouse 2121, our new college building in Five Points! What a way to start the new school year and open the building for ministry. Can't wait to see what God has in store for our @shandoncollege students! Thanks to @andrewsmithcarr and the modern worship band for leading this powerful night of worship!


3. We connected with at least 5,000 students in 3 days of tabling on Greene Street!

Thank you so much to our incredible student team for not giving up and for putting in the hours to connect with students in that "famously hot" humidity.

4. Our on-campus Sunday School class in Russell House, doubled from last year!

In just 2 years, this class has grown from 15 to 52! One of the class  leaders, Billy Judge, told me he had to "leave the room" for a bit because he was moved to tears at the Lord's work and presence. God is so good!



What is so great about these statistics is that they are just a small indication of the depth and quality of the students in our college ministry.

As we start the semester, we will be launching several new Sunday School environments, a mid-week worship experience, and almost 20 community groups.

Spirits are high because we believe the Lord is at work in and through us. Shandon College Ministry has hosted 14 events in one week, but we are "abounding in the work of the Lord," as Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15.

Please pray that we would be faithful to the gospel this semester my reaching and making disciples at our area universities this semester!!

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Mission Trip Report: Nicaragua

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I was privileged to lead a group of Shandon members to Nicaragua last week, August 6-13.  Through a variety of ministry activities—construction, VBS, adult ministry, and door-to-door Gospel sharing and food distribution—we saw God work in an area of the world that has very little materially. 


We partnered with a local village church whose building was made of cinder blocks and no air conditioning, but their love for the Lord and enthusiasm for serving him was very evident.  Worshiping with them in both English and Spanish was a great experience and a true glimpse of heaven, where we know that every tribe, tongue, and nation will worship together (see Revelation 7:9).

The beauty of a cross-cultural mission trip is that God not only uses you in an environment that is outside your comfort zone, but he also confirms that ultimately, we have similar needs, hopes, and dreams.  God works and unifies his children, despite significant language and cultural barriers. 

One wonderful surprise was an invitation to teach in the public elementary school near the church.  We presented the Gospel to 80 children, many of whom may have never heard the Good News before.  We also delivered much-needed school supplies, which were greatly appreciated by the teachers and students.

I really want to encourage you to go on a Shandon mission trip.  You will have a great time, make new friends, and God will expand your vision as you minister in Jesus’ name.  As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" (Romans 10:15 and Isaiah 52:7).

Thank you for financially supporting mission trips, both through giving to our general budget and giving directly to missions through the Go.Serve. Fund.  Your contributions are making an eternal difference in the lives of both trip participants and the people we serve.

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