The Roes Go Blue.
The continuing story of how God is transforming lives at the University of Michigan. Psalm 90:17
50% and Beyond
The last 6 weeks have felt like a whirlwind! We have had record numbers of appointments and have been traveling almost every week. We have seen tremendous fruit (keep reading for GREAT news) and are thankful to have been kept safe and healthy. We took some time out a few weeks ago to celebrate the milestone of 50% in our fundraising progress. It was a great evening sharing and celebrating with friends and partners. It truly is amazing to consider all of the good things that God has done and His continued guidance and provision for us. And more great news to share with you! As we type this update we just surpassed the 61% mark of our fundraising progress with GCM! It is so incredible to see all that God has done even in these past few weeks. We truly do continue to believe for Him to bring us new monthly supporters and to release us to assignment in His perfect timing. God’s timing has brought us to Ann Arbor to work with University of Michigan students and we know He will complete the work in His right time. This work takes a team of amazing people like you. Know that you are making an eternal difference in the lives of students! We are grateful!
@ New Life Church
About a month ago New Life Church had it’s annual Fall Retreat at FaHoLo Campground in Grass Lake, Michigan. This is a time where students go away for the weekend and have an intense time with the Lord for 3 days. It’s also a great time to build deeper relationships with other students who attend. This year's retreat was absolutely amazing with around 300 students in attendance! The theme this year was “A Hero is Coming!”. It focused on the Lord’s prayer, speciﬁcally Matthew 6:10, “Your Kingdom Come”. The messages challenged students to become Jesus’ hands & feet to help others see glimpses of the Kingdom of God. The hope was that each student left with action steps to see how they could do this through their love, justice and compassion. At mid-way through the semester it has been fun to see growth in students’ relationships with Christ. We are believing it will continue and God will complete the work He has begun.
Love, Jon & Andrea
“All In” for Michigan with our sister-in-law Raquel! She’s pregnant!
About to board the Trolly while on a fundraising trip in Kenosha, WI.
Celebrating reaching 50% of our fundraising goal with our friend Ali.
Mikey graduated last year from U of M and recently completed his fundraising to come on staff at New Life Church. His story is written in his own words.
When I was 7 years old, my mom told my dad she could no longer be married to him because she’d been gay her entire life. I soon found myself in a house with two moms, neither of which ever really took an interest in me. In addition to my home situation being quite dis-functional, I was severely overweight and was made fun of for both my family and my weight. In 8th grade, my dad took me to a church where I heard the good news of what Jesus had done for me for the ﬁrst time, and despite my fears and hesitations, I eventually decided to join the youth group there. The youth pastor, Giles, was the ﬁrst person to ever ask me what I loved to do, what my hopes and dreams were, and to love and appreciate me no matter what answers I gave him. He even drove the 40 minutes to my house to spend time with me doing things I loved to do. His genuine love and interest in my life made me begin to feel secure about sharing the deeper parts of my life with other men. I found myself wanting to open up to other guys in the youth group, but soon my fear of openness with other men transitioned from a fear of being made fun of to a fear that the guys would think I was not a good Christian because of the sin in my life. I was having impure relations with women, telling them I loved them, but only wanting physical intimacy in order to prove to myself that I was physically and emotionally acceptable for once in my life. The pattern of using women intensiﬁed during my freshman year of college, even though I was involved at New Life Church. I didn’t want to keep living this double life, but I felt like I needed to in order to truly feel loved and valued. But God had other plans. I was attending a small group in my dorm and wanted so badly to open up and be honest about the sin in my life, but couldn't deal with the shame. Over the summer, while at the New Life Church Summer Leadership Training program, I opened up for the ﬁrst time about the secret areas of my life. It was the most exhilarating and liberating moment of my life. Kyle, my small group leader, helped me to realize that wounds from my past had played a role in this struggle, and that I would need to ask God to heal me if this pattern was ever going to change. God has healed me and has brought me through an incredible journey of grace and love. I am now serving on the staff at New Life Church, ministering to students that were just like me. I can show them the saving power of Jesus Christ and his limitless grace that can permeate all of our lives!! And that’s a slice of my life.
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
God to provide the last 39% of our budget. Refreshing and rest as we take 2 weeks off in November. Blessing on the lives of our partners with their ﬁnances, families and health. God’s kingdom to continue to grow at the University of Michigan. New people to meet with to share our passion for U of M students.
Jon and Andrea Roe 524 N. 5th Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 J: 989-780-1992, email@example.com A: 989-928-949, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make special and recurring gifts payable to: Great Commission Ministries P.O. Box 7101, Winter Park, FL 32793 Account #7228 or visit www.mygcm.net
We are campus missionaries with Great Commission Ministries We serve at New Life Church (a church for college students) located at 1541 Washtenaw Ave in Ann Arbor Sunday services at 9:29 and 11:11 am. Visit ww.nlcweb.org for more info