Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

10,000!

Praise God! Today the 10,000th person registered for Urbana09. Please pray that thousands more will register by the deadline this weekend, October 17th. If you've been thinking about registering, you should do it soon to save some money, as the price goes up after the 17th! Click on the link on the side bar that says "Register for Urbana 09"

Monday, October 5, 2009

the reason for being, chapter 2

Hello Prayer Partners!

Welcome to my new blog. I've decided to create this blog to coincide with my newly redesigned prayer letter. I hope those of you who prefer online updates will find this an easy way to stay in touch with me. Thanks again for being a part of my prayer team. I am so excited to embark on this new chapter of my life with you. God has been so good in providing me with wonderful partners in ministry!

Some of you who have joined my team more recently may not know the history behind my newsletter title. "La Raison d'être" is French for "The Reason for Being." I've been blessed to grow in my understanding of my own reason for being through my calling to serve with InterVarsity. I believe that as image-bearers of the Creator, we are each created for some specific purpose. At this moment, I feel that God has created me to serve the university and students, and to develop and use my gifts of creativity and organization. I also hope that as I continue to serve in this ministry that I might contribute to students finding their own 'raison d'être', and through their encounter with Jesus, understand that God created them to be a part of his kingdom. And I hope that I may serve as an encouragement to each of you as you journey with the Lord and live for him in whatever he has called you.

The following posts contain the same articles from my prayer letter, but stay tuned for more updates; I'll be updating this blog in between prayer letters if there are any special prayer requests or news.

Life in Madison

Hello! I am so excited to be writing from Madison, Wisconsin. The past several weeks have been exciting, overwhelming, affirming, and a lot of other things all mixed together. It’s great to finally be here after many months of anticipation. I’m also excited to show you my new newsletter design. I figured it was about time, especially since I’m now officially a graphic designer! (It still feels weird to say that!)

Some of you probably are wondering what exactly I do now since I’m not directly on campus. Here’s a glimpse of life here at the National Service Center (also known as the NSC):

At 9:00am I arrive at the office which holds about 100-120 staff. My department, twentyonehundred, falls into the larger category of Advancement (which includes other departments such as Alumni, Fund Development, and Major Donor work). Within 2100 there are two groups, graphics and production. Including myself there are four of us on the graphics team. Jill is our project manager; Gary and Grete are fellow graphic designers.

On Mondays, our graphics team meets first thing in the morning to discuss our projects for the week. Although our work is collaborative, each of us has separate projects we work on. These meetings are good times to touch base and get a feel for what we have ahead of us in the week. Later on, the communications team (2100 department plus the writers) spends time in manuscript Bible study. Since we are preparing for Urbana 09 this year, we’ve been studying through the Gospel of John, which will be the Scripture focus at Urbana.

I work in a room I share with Grete and Gary. One project I’m currently working on is an International Student Ministry brochure. This has been more complicated than I realized since using pictures of international students in a Christian publication is difficult due to the countries and backgrounds many of them are from. I have to correspond with the owners of the pictures I’m using to make sure we have permission from every face that is shown in the pictures.

Around 12:15 I eat lunch with many of the other staff. Up until last week we’ve eaten outside where there are picnic tables. But now we sit in the lunch room, which is actually quite large. It’s a good time to take a break from sitting at our desks and to get to know other staff.

I’ve learned that the graphics room is a popular place for other staff to stop by when they need a break, so there is always chatter and activity going on. This is an adjustment for me since as regional administrator I often worked alone!

At around 5:00 I shut my computer down and go home for the day! To have free evenings and weekends has been a refreshing change from the work lifestyle of late nights on campus, checking email at all times of the day, and many weekends booked with meetings. I’m so thankful for this gift. I still have much to learn and get used to, but so far I am really loving life here!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Project Focus: International Student Ministry

Although I am no longer directly on campus, my work as a graphic designer is still very much connected with what is going on at campuses all over the country. In each letter I hope to introduce you to a different ministry related to a project I’m working on. This month I’ve been updating a brochure for International Student
Ministry (ISM).

ISM is a very strategic part of InterVarsity’s vision to develop world changers. There are over 700,000 students and scholars from 200 countries currently in the US. International students are often the most open to Jesus while they are here than any other time in their lives. ISM’s aim is to connect with international students, introduce them to Jesus through friendship, Bible study and conferences, as well as develop them to become leaders in their home countries or elsewhere. Each year hundreds of international students come to know the Lord through InterVarsity.

While I was working with AIV I encountered several international students; providing a home away from home is extremely important to them. Please pray for the ISM staff as they reach the world for Jesus through ministering to these students. Pray that God will open the hearts of international students, many who are from places where the gospel is not allowed to be shared openly.

To find out more about ISM, please visit [intervarsity.org/ism].

Friday, October 2, 2009

Urbana 09 Buzz

Something unique about the NSC is that every three years life seems to revolve around one thing: Urbana! Our triennial missions conference is an extremely significant time for thousands of young people. It was at Urbana 03 where I made the decision to go into full-time ministry.

In the graphics room, we have a lot of responsibilities in creating the look of Urbana, not only the publicity like the posters and website, but also the onsite materials, such as the stage design, nametags, and signs. One thing I’m working on is the handbook, which will be distributed to each participant. It’s an extremely important aspect of making the conference run smoothly and providing details of what to do, where to go and at what time, among other information. Please pray for all of us at the NSC who are involved in most of the behind the scenes work of Urbana 09. Please also pray for our speakers, worship leaders, performers, seminar leaders, and Bible teachers. Most of all pray for the 20,000+ participants who will travel to St. Louis from all over the world to attend. Pray that God would use Urbana 09 to grow our heart for missions and to send people out to change the world!



See you in St. Louis?
Although most who attend Urbana are ages 18-30, all are welcome and encouraged to come! If you’d like to find out more about Urbana 09, please visit urbana09.org or contact me. The next registration deadline is Oct. 17!