Editor’s note: Christian Challenge at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan., is one of the featured ministries in the 2018-2019 KNCSB Associational and State Missions Offering. The offering goal is $210,000. Fifty percent of receipts will go to the association where the money was given.
By Sue Sprenkle
More than 800 students have filed through Fort Hays Christian Challenge small groups, learning of a God who loves them and how to be disciple-makers.
The goal is that college students come to know Jesus as Lord, grow as disciples and take that love with them wherever they go.
“We have former students all over the world — pastors, youth pastors, worship leaders, children’s directors, small-group leaders, college ministers and those who are quietly making a huge difference in their churches and communities,” Carin Cochran says. She has directed FHSU Christian Challenge for 25 years.
“It is humbling and overwhelming to think of ways God is using countless people who have come through Christian Challenge at Fort Hays State University.”
As a high school teacher, Melodie Glasco loved and prayed for her students as Jesus loved and cared for her. She encouraged her graduating seniors to get involved with a Christian group at their university. She spent 2000-2005 in FHSU Christian Challenge. Having brothers and sisters in Christ going through the same “growing pains” was exactly what she needed.
“I shared a bit of my testimony and the importance of being surrounded with like-minded believers,” Glasco says about giving advice to her high school seniors. “Now as a mom and Air Force wife who moves frequently, I’m often reminded of the importance of Christian fellowship that Christian Challenge modeled.”
Jeremy Hughes always had the desire to follow God, but he didn’t know how to do it. FHSU Christian Challenge helped him find out how. He spent five years involved with the group and was challenged to grow in Christ. As he learned how to study the Bible and mentor others, his heart for the nations grew. After his first trip to East Asia, he was hooked.
“Ever since then, my heart for seeing people come to know the simple gospel only grew,” he says. “That time of training and investment was invaluable. The vision and emphasis on making disciples that make disciples shaped how I made life decisions and who I married.”
Hughes now teaches in East Asia, loving a people group he was first introduced to through Christian Challenge.
These stories from alumni on how they impact their communities and churches for Christ can fill pages and pages of a book. Christian Challenge isn’t just a four-year experience. Many alumni stay in touch and still challenge and encourage each other in their walk with Christ.
“I can’t begin to describe the joy and pride I have in seeing them [former students] make an impact for God and be a small part of His plan,” Cochran said. “It doesn’t end when they graduate. It’s just the beginning.”
- The continuing ministry of Christian Challenge at Fort Hays State University
- Christian Challenge alumni who are making a kingdom impact around the world
- The 17 campuses where KNCSB has Christian Challenge ministries