Encountering God During the First Week:
At the UTA BSM, we have started using “Connection Meetings” to connect with students one/two-on-one who are interested in hearing more about the BSM or have been coming to the BSM and need a little more encouragement to get actively involved. We use a “Connection Card” that guides the discussion and reveals how the BSM is a place for the student to: Connect with Friends, Connect with God, and Connect with Christian Fellowship. On the back of the card, we discuss the importance of Christian fellowship and talk about specific ways he/she can get connected at BSM.
Over the last couple of months, our BSM met several new students through the Involvement Fairs held by UTA Orientation throughout the summer. At the fairs, we greeted students, shared more about the BSM, and had students enter their contact info into our spreadsheet. We then assigned to our staff names of people who signed up with whom we would commit to follow up with and invite to a connection meeting.
Abigail* was one such student who signed up to hear more about the BSM at freshmen orientation. When I [Emily Ho, UTA BSM associate director] followed up with Abigail, I let her know who I was and that I was contacting people who signed up at orientation to hear more. I asked if she was interested in hearing more about the BSM and how to get connected. She said yes, and we agreed to meet up for coffee on campus once she moved into the residence halls.
When we met up, we spent the first part of the conversation just getting to know each other. I pulled out the Connection Card and shared how I “connected with friends” at the BSM by meeting my best friend there and my now husband. I shared how the BSM was also the place where I “connected with God,” and I shared a little of my testimony. I then asked Abigail where she was spiritually. She shared that she knew something was missing in her life, and she wanted to know how she could have a relationship with Jesus as well.
We went through the “Knowing God Personally” booklet together, and Abigail prayed to receive Christ after she realized that she wanted Jesus to be on the throne of her life. She noted that her high school had started a Bible study and she went once, but she couldn’t continue attending due to other commitments. However, she realized in the last semester of her senior year that she wanted something more. She just didn’t know how to find it…until she saw the BSM table at orientation.
I asked Abigail what she thought when she saw our table, and she said that she thought, “Oh, this might be my chance to finally figure all of this out!” During our discussion, we talked through what it means to be a follower of Christ and how our life is not about what we do but what Christ has already done for us on the cross. Abigail wanted to “take responsibility” in her life and direction in college by letting the Lord rule. We finished the Connection Meeting by discussing the importance of Christian fellowship (on the back of the Connection card) and ways that she could get plugged in to the BSM. She was interested in joining our Tuesday night Bible study as well as our Impact Training for evangelism. We walked over to the BSM so that she could meet a few students and get a feel for the BSM. She also received a Bible, and we plan to start meeting up for discipleship this week.
*name has been changed
Pausing and Praying with you,
Ways to Pray:
- Praise the Lord for this Divine appointment!
- Praise the Lord for the UTA BSM being faithful in connecting with students and being bold enough to share salvation with others.
- Pray for Abigail to get connected quickly and discipleship to begin.
- Pray for the other TXBSM’s to be bold with their faith and faithful in connecting with students.
40 Days of Prayer
“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” – 1 John 3: 17-18