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:: Thursday, August 21, 2003 ::

Smashing Success

Today Koinonia and Stratford Christian Cooperatives began their "work week" activities. Koinonia (Koin) is the undergraduate men's house run by the Baptist Student Foundation (BSF). It is made up of 36 Christian guys who share all the cooking and cleaning for their house and engage in mutual discipleship. Stratford (Strat) is the undergraduate women's version of the same thing. Each has aspects that look much like the Greek (Fraternity/Sorority) system.

Work Week is the three or so days before the start of classes when all the students return to clean and set up for the semester. Strat's front steps and sidewalk was in need of repair; a crew of Koin guys and a couple of others (including myself and a contractor) took a sledgehammer to the existing concrete and prepared the forms for pouring new steps tomorrow.

I had an excellent opportunity to get to know several of the guys & gals by working alongside them today. In the process, I was able to introduce the new folks to the BSF and explore the ministry possibilities together. Needless to say, it was a smashing success.

We are going to have great opportunities for Christian service to the poor in our community through four local organizations we are partnering with. We have possibilities for regional trips during campus breaks and - even more exciting - several possibilities to send people overseas in the next year for short-term mission/service opportunities.

God is at work here in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois at the Baptist Student Foundation. Continue to pray for willing hearts to serve God and increased leadership development - especially among undergraduates. Praise God for the work he is doing and will do!

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