Our Core Values: Evangelism

"We proclaim and live out the gospel with love and boldness, calling people to repentance, faith and new life in Jesus Christ."

I am struck by a passage in Matthew’s Gospel: “When he [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field’” (Matthew 9:36–39).

The word “workers” hit me with particular force since InterVarsity’s mission is to recruit and prepare students, faculty, staff and volunteers to seek out “shepherdless sheep” on campus. Jesus calls us to reach them—students of every philosophy, life-stage, ethnicity and discipline—with compassion and boldness.

One of the best aspects of my job is receiving regular updates on campus outreach. These stories provide inspiration and encouragement to us all in campus ministry.

May the Lord bless your efforts on campus. And be sure to remember who you are—workers for the Lord of the harvest. Our role is to point others toward him. As Paul Little, InterVarsity’s first director of evangelism, once observed, evangelism is simply “one beggar telling another beggar where to find food.”

So, my fellow “beggar workers,” may the Lord enable, equip and encourage you as you labor in the field!

—Alec D. Hill

(from Student Leadership Journal, vol. 17:2)

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