Fear Of Whales

Tales of a reluctant minister

New Student Outreach

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Hey Everyone!Catalyst

I know most of you haven’t seen or heard from me since my visit in august. Since that time I have been fully devoted to learning the ropes of what InterVarsity calls NSO “New Student Outreach”.

At the beginning of each new school year, about 5,000 new freshmen come to K-State. History has taught us that we have about 5 weeks to get these students involved, before their schedules fill up and they are no longer available. So all through September, all over the nation, campus ministers are scrambling to get the word out about their groups in an effort to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to meet students. We plan special events, plant new bible studies, take trips, and host tables in order to meet people, and when we’re not doing that we’re mostly walking up to strangers and getting to know them!

Then in October, things wind down a little bit, our programs for the semester have some momentum, and we all take a nap and focus on casting vision for the semester ahead.

This year’s NSO was especially crazy for me since it’s the first time I’ve ever seen one and I was in charge of it. But God is faithful and he has answered your prayers. We started the year with a dinner at Chili’s for all our students. Prayerfully, I made a reservation for 20 people, hoping that if most of our students came and some brought friends we would fill all of the seats.

Unbelievably over twice that many people ended up coming and learning about InterVarsity. There were so many people there getting to know each other that I couldn’t even do the talk I had planned in the restaurant and we had to gather outside afterwards in order for everyone to be able to hear.

Events like this wouldn’t be possible without the prayers and generous giving of donors like you, so I want to thank you and ask that you continue to pray that God will pour out his blessings in such abundance that out nets begin to burst. That’s the kind of ministry we need here!


Written by RyanGaffney

October 16, 2011 at 10:08 pm

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  1. Great news and great job, I am extremely proud of you. Blessings Dad

    Jim Gaffney

    October 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm

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