We have been so blessed this semester: Our community has grown, our callings have been clarified, and our lights have shined. God is so good! Help us to finish 2014 strong by contributing toward our year-end matching grant campaign, ending December 31st! Please donate now to make twice the difference this Christmas!
Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support for my ministry to the graduate and professional students at NYU. Christ has met us in powerful ways this semester as week-by-week we have gathered to renew our commitment to follow and serve Him in the academy and in the professions.
It is such an honor to minister to these students as they prepare for their various vocations. The Christian Medical & Dental Associations at NYU have grown, developing Bible studies that challenge med and dental students to use their gifts for the common good by practically loving their neighbors through health and dental care. In the spring many of these students will take to the streets to help serve New York’s homeless population with the #Don’tWalkBy campaign.
The Christian Legal Fellowship has also grown this fall, welcoming new law students from all around the world into our community. Week by week about thirty five law students gather in this fellowship to explore how God is calling them to serve in the legal academy and through legal practice. Last week the Christian Legal Fellowship hosted Bryan Stevenson, the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, a professor here at New York University School of Law, and the author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice. (See his TED Talk here). Professor Stevenson spoke to the CLF the day after the Grand Jury decision in the Eric Garner case was handed down. At that crucial moment, he shared how the gospel gives him hope in even the most troubled of times, and how his Christian faith has shaped his sense of vocation, his commitment to justice, and the course of his career. He issued a powerful call for our students to use their gifts, talents, opportunities, and legal educations “to do justice, to love mercy, and walk humbly with [our] God.” It was an incredible, clarifying moment for many of the students in our fellowship.
Our graduate student ministry has grown spiritually and numerically, nearly tripling in size, over the course of the semester. As our ministry to grad students has grown, so, too, have our opportunities to serve the campus. Late last spring I met Joe and Bianca, a wonderful young couple, both pursuing PhDs in neuroscience here at NYU. Joe, a recent convert from atheism to Christianity, and Bianca, a long-time Christian, both wanted to explore what it means for them to faithfully follow Jesus while working in the challenging world of the natural sciences, and so they joined the Graduate Christian Fellowship here at NYU. In October Joe and Bianca joined me and Jacquelyne, another Christian student pursuing a PhD in the sciences, in speaking to a packed undergrad audience about the compatibility of Christian faith and modern science. These future scientists are preparing for a lifetime of witnessing to God’s sovereignty over all things and of influencing young minds.
To all of my current supporters, thank you for making this ministry possible. 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.
Now for some very exciting news: Because of the strategic nature of my ministry, I have been awarded a $4,300 matching grant through the end of of the year. Any new pledge or donation made between now and December 31st will be matched dollar-for-dollar by InterVarsity’s board. So if you donate…
$100, that becomes $200!
$250, that becomes $500!
$500, that becomes $1,000!
You can make a big difference this Christmas in helping us to transform the lives of tomorrow’s leaders! We still need to raise $20,000 of our overall budget for this 2014-2015 fiscal year, ending June 30th. Will you help us finish 2014 strong by making a year-end gift or by becoming a monthly donor?
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!
- 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.