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Hospitality Ministry for College Students

Organized by: Elijah Kennedy

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People come to open hearts, minds, arms, and homes. A welcoming attitude and atmosphere are the best recipe to, in return, open the hearts and minds of the lost. Christ has opened his eternal home for us, so let us open up to His sheep that have gone astray. I am a student attending the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. I came up with the idea of taking lost sheep that I know (wayward friends in other words) out to eat, grab a coffee, or something similar in order to show generosity and hospitality towards them no matter where they are. However, being recently married, living on our own, and getting by in college, I struggle financially to open my house and wallet around town to those in need. Three hundred dollars could do a lot to many people in the community who would in turn create a change. I will break down the money below in an estimation, but why is it so important to target a few people? Jesus healed many and taught mobs of people, but he befriended closely a small group of disciples. He did this in order to connect with these men so that they could go out into the world to preach. In this way, we donate to church and charity, but also help our loved ones. The three hundred dollars I ask for could offer a great number of meals to those in need, and we should contribute in such a way. However, three hundred dollars spent on hospitality towards fallen friends can create deeply rooted disciples who could affect their whole friend group, and then they their friend groups. This kind of faith mentorship creates fierce children of Christ with a firm foundation that other methods cannot. The three hundred dollars that I ask for could be used in many ways over a variable time period. Let me throw out one possibility: coffee with a group of four people or four people in a week ($10) and a meal out or two ($20 + a hospitable tip, each) would bring monthly costs to about one hundred dollars. Now, maybe that is too much coffee, and I can cook, but the money could also go towards devotionals, bibles, faith books, and activities to help these disciples grow. Using this example, I could work on the hearts of a few lost sheep over a period of three months through hospitality and generosity. Three months could be too little time or more than enough to convert these hearts, but in either case it is a start. I ask that you donate to my cause in order to sponsor the growth of Christian disciples in my area. If you cannot donate money, please offer a prayer to my cause and to all those you may know who are lost. Thank you and God bless.

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