The coronavirus crisis led to a new day in ministry for KNCSB churches and collegiate ministries.
Christian Challenge at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan., took its ministry online. Yet students ministered in person as conditions allowed. Carin Cochran, director of FHSU Christian Challenge, sent this update:
“As we look back over the spring 2020 semester, it is easy to see that it has been one worthy of rejoicing.
“It is easy to see how we have dealt with adversity while addressing how to respond to students evacuating campus, helping them process and transition while moving forward with Challenge and discipling students from afar.
“And it is just as easy to see how the Lord has shown Himself faithful before, during, and since that transition. Before COVID-19 we were able to celebrate baptisms and see much spiritual growth.
“During the transition when students were kicked out of the dorms, many needed a place to stay and all were stressed. But we saw the body of believers step up and encourage and provide for one another.
“And as we transitioned to doing ministry online the students continued to grow in community through Zoom meetings. Many of our students provided care packages to students who were unable to leave the dorms. Most of them were international students.
“As we wrapped up the spring semester, we began planning for the fall. Of course, this is uniquely challenging this year as there are so many unknowns about how things will develop between now and then.
“So far the university has said it is working toward holding on-campus classes in the fall. So we are moving forward with our plans and will make adjustments as they come.
“But we are very much hoping and praying that there will be students on campus! We are planning all of our typical outreach events for the first couple weeks of classes.
“Thank you for your prayers and partnership as we press forward for the Kingdom!”