University of Arizona
"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. "
After four years involvement as a student with the University of Arizona Navigators campus ministry, I watched as, one by one, my close friends graduated and moved out of Arizona to begin the next phase of their lives—all the while feeling a strong suspicion that God was not finished with me in Tucson quite yet.
I arrived at The University of Arizona as a freshman ready to offer my youth-group leadership experience to whatever fortunate campus Christian group would give me the most attention. The next two years, however, became a humbling time of realizing I had a lot to learn about what it means to be a disciple of Christ.
A man named Bryce started mentoring me and showing me how to meet with the Lord daily. Then he offered to lead a Bible discussion on my dormitory floor if I would gather the people for it. Though terrified, this experience began to develop in me a sincere desire to love the lost, which God would deepen during the rest of my time in college.
When I went away to college I had to make the decision of whether I wanted to follow Christ wholeheartedly or turn to the ways of the world. I got involved with a Christian ministry called The Navigators, which God used tremendously in my life. The Lord used my friendships with others in the group to deepen my walk with Him, challenging me towards vulnerability with my friends and intimacy with Him.
Shortly into my first year I began meeting one-on-one with a woman named Lori who became both a mentor and friend to me. She taught me how to have a quiet time, to spend time in the Word and in prayer. She helped me reach out to my non-believing friends. She has discipled me for 5 years and presently continues to walk through life with me. She has become a dear friend and an encourager in my walk with the Lord. She showed me what it means to abide in Christ like John 15 states.
God has used Lori to bless my life abundantly and is continuing to work in my life and draw me into deeper intimacy with Him. I desire to follow hard after him, be a woman after God's heart, and transform my generation of college women to be wholeheartedly devoted to Jesus.
We are privileged to partner with the Navigators in their mission:
"To know Christ and to make Him known." We will be staying at The University of Arizona for the next two years, joining in the Lord’s work, and doing whatever we can to help train faithful, lifelong disciples of Christ.