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John Anderson - Feb 2021

ander1Here are some updates from the current semester! First of all, it is quite snowy and icy in here in Richmond. So class cancellations, low mobility, etc. have been the norm for a couple weeks. Apart from that, Bible studies and our weekly meetings are going strong. The two pictures you see are of our Junior Men's Bible study as well as a recent weekly meeting. 

Our staff team plans on scheduling student weekly meetings in person for the rest of the semester. We are praying that the university allows this plan to unfold, as students have been kept apart for nearly a year. As image bearers of God, it is simply unnatural to keep people away from one another in such ways, even with the possibilities of sickness. We try and gather responsibly, of course. Regardless of what happens with those details, we pray our staff team and student leaders continue to faithfully share the Gospel on campus. 

ander2Personally, I have enjoyed the ability to meet with three upperclassmen this semester in our common area on campus, weekly. Last semester, staff's ability to meet students on campus was more limited due to universty restrictions. I enjoy the environment of being able to run into students I know for organic conversations by being on campus, so the Lord has gifted me that opportunity again.

Here are some ways you can be praying for students at EKU:
Pray that Christian students' faith will increase in new circumstances. Many of the usual blessings are gone this year, such as Spring Break (though maybe that's a good thing in some cases). But students can grow in trusting the character of God rather than circumstances.
Pray for the light of the Gospel to shine through faithful witnesses. Students seem to be very depressed and anxious, and the rest Christ brings is the ultimate solution.

Lately, I have been taking encouragement from these verses. I pray the Lord encourages you too:  "Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!" (2 Tim. 2:8-9)

John Anderson
CRU - Eastern Kentucky