Our church started campus ministry as a way of taking care of the needs of our own while they are away at college. Our campus congregations, including University Lutheran at Purdue, where I serve, are a collective effort by all of us in the Indiana District. These ministries serve the sons and daughters of our congregations with the same Word and Sacrament that they received in their home congregations.
One student told me that when they come to church, it is like they are at home even when they are in the craziness of college life. Our campus ministries are here for the sons and daughters of all of our LCMS congregations.
Campus ministry also has unique opportunities for outreach that many of our congregations do not have. At our colleges there are people who come to study from all over the world. In the three years that I have been in campus ministry I have shared the message of salvation through Jesus to people from Russia, China, India, Iran, Turkey, Taiwan, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Korea, and other countries that I cannot think of off the top of my head. Those who receive the message and are baptized and confirmed in our campus ministries then bring the Gospel back to their homeland after their time at Purdue. Yes, our campus ministries are also here for the spreading of the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
I’m sure I speak for all of our campus ministries in the Indiana District when I thank you and your individual congregations for supporting our Indiana District’s campus ministries. Your support strengthens our sons and daughters during these years of transition. It also spreads the Good News of Jesus to the ends of the world. To God alone be all the glory.
By Rev. Justin Herman Pastor, University Lutheran Church, West Lafayette
First published in the February 2017 edition of the Lutheran Witness