Thank you for your prayers,
This month, as many of our churches begin a new season of ministry, there are about 5,000 students who are packing their bags for an upcoming semester in San Luis Obispo. Because of your contributions, a unique ministry called Front Porch will be ready to greet each one of them as they arrive. This vital campus ministry, serving college age students throughout the city, is located at the very heart of campus and student activity. Beau, one of our fellow pastors, is there each day to meet with students and to guide them to a knowledge of Christ. This month, we have included two videos that are meant to introduce you and your congregations to Beau and to the great students that make up the Front Porch community.
As we begin this school year, I am encouraging you to find some way to support these students. This may mean that you spend some time in prayer, which is the lifeblood of any new ministry like this. As you pray, also listen to see if God may be leading you or even your congregation to step out in faith and provide a much needed financial offering. Just think. What was an empty plot of land only a few years ago has now been transformed into a place of hope for today's best and brightest. Be encouraged, as I am, by these reports of 'Good News.' I sincerely believe that our greatest days of ministry are just around the corner. My personal prayer is that God will continue to use our faith to bring faith to those who need it most. By the way, if you're up for it, Beau and his crew serve up a pretty mean home-cooked meal each Tuesday night from 6-8pm. Don't get there too late or you'll run the chance of missing out on some equally good worship and Bible study. As they say in those now famous ads, they'll "leave the light on for you."
Jan Armstrong is currently the Executive Presbyter of the Santa Barbara Presbytery.