Salt Lake City, UT- The mission field is huge and might seem insurmountable, but that is not slowing down the efforts to push back the darkness at the University of Utah and two other campuses in Utah County. Gospel Grace Church in Salt Lake City hosted a mission team of college students on their spring break last month. Teams from their own congregation joined them to present the gospel to anyone who will listen while ministering to all three campuses. One of teams helped pave the way for a large scale event on the University of Utah campus that was well attended.
Aaron Marshall, the leader of Gospel Grace Church’s collegiate ministry shared about the success of this event. “We hosted Frank Turek for his I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist presentation. We were able to co-sponsor the event with three other campus ministries which was awesome. We ended up having close to 400 people in attendance. They all heard the evidence for Christianity and a clear Gospel presentation. I was so excited for the turnout. We made a lot of contacts that night and have had multiple new people come to our meetings as a result of the event.”
Following the presentation, the weekly gatherings at “the U” were opportunities to follow up on questions that were raised by Turek at the event. Aaron shared “The meeting after the event we had one of my atheist friends, Daniel, come and give a response to Turek’s arguments. He then let the students ask him questions and challenge him. He is a former Later-day Saint that is now atheist. Our student President, Vince Mays, ended up staying and talking with him for over three hours after the meeting. Vince is a PhD candidate in Biology and was challenging Daniel on the origins of life. We continue to pray that Daniel will come to know the true Jesus.”
Aaron continued to share about the growth they have experienced this spring. “We have picked up at least one more person that wants to do evangelism with us on the campuses, so we are very excited about that. We now have four people that are going out weekly to do evangelism. The month of April should be great because the weather will be nice and we will set up our evangelism table outside. Please pray for our team as we try to share the gospel on the campus of The U, UVU and BYU this month.”
Please pray for college ministry work on all of our college campuses across Utah and Idaho. 100% of the collegiate work on our campuses if supported by local churches, associations, and a portion of the York Dillman State Missions Offering. We depend on the faithfulness of local UISBC churches and volunteers who have a passion to reach this generation. Pray for our Collegiate Network Coordinator, Ben Nesier as he helps equip local leaders on these campuses and serves campuses in his own community of Utah County through a collegiate church plant in Provo, Mosaic Church. God is sending mission teams from across the country to our area. They need our support and prayers as they serve in this important task. For more information about how you can impact a campus near you, please contact Ben Neiser. He would welcome you on the team to help reach these important mission fields.
Aaron Marshall of Gospel Grace Church in Salt Lake City contributed the testimonies of students and events that were discussed in this story.