David and Jennah Bartek
Vanderbilt University

God intends for men and women to come to know Him through real, intentional, personal discipleship. Not by someone sharing the Truth once and then never to be heard from again. Until someone takes a season to consistently follow up with you, teach you how to read God's Word for yourself, and share "not only the Gospel of God but also [their] own selves" (1 Thes. 2:8) and then - most important - spur you on to do the same for others, Christianity is just another talking point that joins the ranks of politics and pop culture. Christ doesn't deserve to be a slice of the pie of your life; His only rightful place is the absolute center. And God works in mighty ways through everyday individuals who allow him to take his rightful place there.

 

"When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence" (Isaiah 64:3)

 

God does awesome things that we don't even think to look for. That's what happens when we let God do only what God can do.

 

He did an awesome thing I did not look for when He invaded my life late one night on a bus during the summer of 2012. He did an awesome thing I did not look for when He redeemed (and continues to redeem) a completely broken relationship into one that is joined in Gospel-centered marriage. He did an awesome thing I did not look for when He called me to ministry with the Navigators as I rode around an apartment community in a golf cart during an internship in 2015. He did an awesome thing I did not look for in making me one small part of an ever-expanding tree of spiritual generations who take the Great Commission deadly serious. And like Hudson Taylor said, "The Great Commission is not an option to be considered, but a command to be obeyed."

 

I'm praying for 10 generations of laborers to come out of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee...and God has already begun providing exactly these "faithful men who will be able to teach others also" (2 Timothy 2:2). I trust that God will use them to not only impact other students during these extraordinarily pivotal years of their lives, but also to reach the nation and the world for Christ. Will you join me in the battle for the hearts of students at Belmont and in this city?

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