This is my third year working with UCM at UBCO, after four years of being involved as a student. I realize this may be short compared to the ministry lifespan others have witnessed, but still I have already been constantly confronted with the question: "Why Bother?"
Isn't that what churches are for? Why not just work and do some ministry on the side?
This ministry places me at a crucial transition period for young adults, where they venture towards the various things that life has in store for them. It is during this time that we often understand more about ourselves, life, others, and God than ever before. For me, having the space to be on campus full time is necessary in order to provide the actual life-on-life experiences through which we actually see transformation happen. It is through these sorts of relationships that people understand what God is calling them to, how to disciple people like Jesus discipled people, and how to walk courageously, and with hope, into the rest of their lives.
In the short time I have been involved with UCM, I have seen young adults graduate to pursue further education in law and medicine, become teachers, engineers, pastors, and so many other amazing things. So when I am asked the question "Why Bother?" my answer is because God is indisputably at work here and changing lives at UBCO, and I have the privilege of being a witness and servant in the midst of it.
Now let me briefly share with you some of the great things that God is up to in this context: