An Update from Georgia
March 4, 2013
TODAY'S BIBLE READING:
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *Our goal in student ministry is to equip students with Jesus: to show them a life of purpose and meaning; to teach them to reach other students with the gospel; and to prepare them to lead lives of integrity for Christ at home, at church, and in the workplace. Our goal is to change the world for Christ, by changing the students. Today SKSK (our local name in IFES, analogous to InterVarsity in the USA) has fifteen groups in three cities: Tbilisi (our capital), Batumi (by the Black Sea) and Gori (Stalin’s birthplace). Our graduates strive to be salt and light in their workplaces as bankers, doctors, sailors, lawyers, etc. I would like to share with you the testimony of one graduate, Gia Bakhtadze:
While studying law at university, I was looking for the meaning of life by trying anything and everything – from religious practices like Hare Krishna to idolizing rock music – to fill the emptiness I felt inside. In 1998 a friend invited me to the student group. I was told that there are “Hallelujah” people gathering in an apartment and reading the Bible. I went but spent the time making fun of them and causing trouble for the leaders. Yet God touched me through the faithfulness and patience of these people and I became Christ’s follower. Today I am a pastor of a small congregation in my city and chairman of the SKSK Student Ministry Board in Georgia.Paul planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. We pray that what He has started, He will accomplish, for the sake of His Kingdom. Join us in this prayer (or in person!) as we prepare for the coming months:
- Student leader conference on March 14-16, 2013;
- Summer evangelistic outreach in Tbilisi, Batumi and Gori;
- God to send new staff workers to expand existing ministries and pioneer a new group in the city of Kutaisi.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL., president and founder of God Centered Life Ministries, and author of several books including How the Bible Can Change Your Life and John 1-12 For You.
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