Navigating as a Seventh-day Adventist student in a secular or non-Christian university has its many challenges, but the church, through its Public Campus Ministries, wants to reassure each one that they are not alone, that they care about their academic success, spiritual growth and unique leadership skills in sharing the gospel where they are. This was the core message during a recent PCM Virtual Convocation that drew nearly 100 students and church leaders from the English and French speaking territory of the Inter-American Division (IAD), Sep. 11-13, 2020.
University students and young professionals from dozens of campus associations or fellowships were reminded of the purpose of belonging to a campus public ministry, on how to grow spiritually, as well as to understand, defend, and share their faith as they fulfill the mission of the church.
“Grow intellectually but don’t forget to grow in Jesus as you have a new experiences with Him everyday,” said Pastor Elie Henry, president of the church in Inter-America. Pastor Henry reminded university students that discipleship growth takes time and effort as they set and achieve goals, gain knowledge and effect change in their lives and in the lives of those around them.
“Set an example where you are at university, in the classroom or online, at home or in your place of work,” said Pastor Henry. Set an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity, as you witness for Him.” It’s about understanding your role as witnesses of the love of Jesus, he said. “Be like Jesus, talk, behave like Jesus wherever you are.”