Sowing Seed, Reaping Fruit: 2013-14 Year-End Update

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We have come to the end of a very fruitful year of ministry for InterVarsity’s graduate and profession al student ministries here at NYU. Praise God for what He has done!

2014-04-22 19.10.35Where has the time gone? I cannot believe it has been three months since my last update. These past several months have been very rich and very, very busy with service projects, public events, a student mission trip, outreach activities, and the end-of-the-year festivities.

In April the Medical Student Fellowship hosted a special event at the medical school, gathering a panel of three Christian physicians to wrestle with the question, “Where is God When Children Suffer?” (pictured above right) Twenty-five students came out to participate, many of whom had never been to one of our events. The conversation was illuminating, edifying, and challenging. We hope to host more events like this in the future in order to connect with more NYU med students, faculty and physicians and stir conversations about the implications of the gospel for medical practice. 2014-04-15 20.16.34

The Grad Christian Fellowship co-sponsored a Veritas Forum event at NYU on the question “Can God and Science Coexist?” I had the honor of moderating the panel discussion: A conversation between Dr. Matthew Stanley, a non-Christian historian of science from NYU, and Dr. Hans Halvorson, a Christian philosopher of science from Princeton. (pictured left)More than a hundred students and faculty came out to hear this discussion on this very important subject. Dr. Halvorson and Dr. Stanley both exhibited grace, erudition, nuance, and mutual respect, and we hope that this forum will serve as a model for the sort of serious Christian intellectual engagement that we want to see at NYU and campuses across the country.

The Christian Legal Fellowship (pictured top) has continued exploring how God is calling them to serve in the legal academy and through legal practice, and how to be intentional about cultivating spiritual lives sufficient for that calling. This community has flourished this year as a group of extraordinary (and oh-so-very entertaining ) student leaders have pulled together to create a warm, welcoming, and supportive environmentfor first year law students. No small thing in a highly competitive school like NYU Law. The CLF has been an incubator for spiritual growth, deepening friendships, and clarifying callings as week by week more than thirty students gather to share their stories and to connect them the grand story of the gospel.*See even more photos, news and prayer requests below.

The 2013-2014 school year has come to a close. Commencement was two weeks ago. We said our tearful farewells to our graduating students as they head out into the world to pursue the work for which they have been preparing and to which God has called them—in law, in medicine, in government. Please join me in praying for our graduating students: Jennifer Chen, Kevin Lee, Ronald Lee, Grant Cowles, Kimberly Won, Sy Hoekstra, Mitch Emmert, Diana Wang, Inn-Young Park, Lanie Mei Fu, Larry Zhang. Bible Study Prep

Please pray for us this summer as my new teams of student leaders and I prepare for the 2014-2015 school year. We have a lot of vision-casting, planning, and organizing ahead of us these next two months. God has blessed us richly this year and we are eager to see what God will do next fall. I will also be working to build the financial strength of the ministry and traveling to North Carolina in July to speak at White Plains United Methodist Church in Cary on the 13th and Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh on the 20th.

From a personal standpoint, I am eager for school to start again next fall, but I am very glad for the summer to be here. Between moving to New York, starting to serve four new ministries, and, of course, getting married, the last year has been a whirlwind. I am looking forward to being able to take a step back from the hurley-burly of campus for a little while to retool the ministry, strategize, fundraise, and catch my breath. To all of my current supporters, thank you. Through your generosity God is graciously enabling us to make a difference in the futures of these students and of our world. I thank God for you daily.

We need your help. We are projecting a shortfall of $10,000 for this fiscal year, which ends June 30th. Will you prayerfully consider supporting this strategic gospel mission by helping us to close this gap by making a special donation or, if you are not a monthly donor already, by pledging to contribute $25-$200 monthly?

You can support our ministry either by donating online at this link or by mailing checks made out to “InterVarsity/USA” for “The ministry of David Williams at NYU” to:

ATTN: Donation Services InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA PO Box 7895 Madison, WI 53791-9703

Every dollar donated supports my work and is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your prayers and support!

Blessings,

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The highlight of my year, of course, was marrying the love of my life, Alissa. She is my perfect match and I am so grateful to have her as a partner in life and ministry. I am so proud of her and the work she does.

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Another  highlight of this year was the 2014 Telos Conference. We were blessed to take eight NYU graduate students from a wide range of fields to explore how God is calling them to use their gifts for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.

Two alumni of the Dental Student Fellowship came back to talk with our students about how to successfully transition from dental school to dental practice. Thank you for supporting us!

Two alumni of the Dental Student Fellowship came back to talk with our students about how to successfully transition from dental school to dental practice. Thank you for supporting us!

Please pray…

  • That God would supply the financial needs of our ministry.
  • That God would bless the efforts of the four graduate and professional student fellowships here at NYU.
  • That God would lead me to people who would be willing to serve our students as mentors in their various fields after they leave NYU.
  • That God would lead me to additional ministry partners in New York City.
Alissa and I hosting several grad students in our apartment. Hospitality is the heart of student ministry and Alissa is amazing at it.

Alissa and I hosting several grad students in our apartment. Hospitality is the heart of student ministry and Alissa is amazing at it.

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Sun Yang, a Med Student Fellowship leader, paints Easter eggs with children at Father’s Heart Ministries (http://www.fathersheartnyc.org/) . Each of the fellowships engages in serving the community, building habits of service that will last a lifetime.

Dr. Ryan Lee talks to the Dental Student Fellowship about medical missions in Haiti. Dr Lee took a team of dental students from our Dental school fellowship to Haiti over Christmas break.

Dr. Ryan Lee talks to the Dental Student Fellowship about medical missions in Haiti. Dr Lee took a team of dental students from our Dental school fellowship to Haiti over Christmas break.

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Leading the Christian Legal Fellowship in a study on 1 Corinthians 9 and spiritual formation. Grant clearly approves.

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