Marianne Smith, IVCF

Marianne works with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the Graduate and Faculty Ministry and as Campus Staff at Babson & Brandeis.

MAY UPDATE 2016

Marianne Smith & students

Staff life has been busy but refreshing.  Here's why:
These past few weeks I've been working with students to put new leaders in place, celebrate God's goodness to us this past year, and even begin to dream about the new year that will soon enough burst forth when students return in the fall.  But what has been really refreshing to me has been seeing students seek and find Jesus.

At BC Law, a first year student took a bold step of inviting classmates to a Bible Study group investigating God (GIG). 6-7 classmates joined her and are gathering each week.  Half of them do not know Jesus in a personal way yet.

At Babson, a Hindu student is exploring Christian faith with us.  Last week students brought him to church with them where a surprise guest speaker was from the same part of India where he is from.  He enjoyed this so much that he is looking forward to going back to church next Sunday.

At Brandeis, a Chinese student discovered our group through an outreach on Fair Trade in the Business School.  She has been investigating Christian faith since she arrived in the Fall.  After meeting regularly with a student leader, she has now decided to follow Jesus and is asking about baptism.

At MIT, two student led GIGs have continued to meet.  Those leaders along with staff partnership, hosted their first student led evangelism workshop.  40 students attended.  One of the new believers shared his story of how the fellowship helped him come to faith in Christ.  Praise God, this same student decided to join next year's leadership team to help with outreach!

These stories give me great joy.  All of this has been made possible by your prayers and financial partnership.  There remains a need of approximately $1,200/mo in new monthly funding required in order to make this work sustainable.  Monthly gifts of just $25-$100 can make a big difference!  Would you be willing to prayerfully ask God if you should partner with InterVarsity at this time?

Thank you so much in advance.  Please know that your partnership is a huge encouragement to me!

PRAYER REQUESTS:

For Marianne Smith of InterVarsity, where students & faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed:

  • Please pray for good conversations to end the year with students who are seeking.  Many are graduating, so please pray that God will reveal himself to them and that they become believers soon.
  • Please pray for new student leaders to find courage and strength in Christ.
  • Pray for new believers to be strengthened and that God will lead them to good Christian communities where they can grow over the summer.
  • Lift up Marianne who will begin studying for summer classes and needs God's grace to help her with all the reading!  
  • Lastly, please pray for the funding which is essential for staff to remain on campus.

With the hope of Christ,
Marianne

Your partnership continues to make this work possible. I am grateful for prayers and financial support. Donations can be made online at: www.intervarsity.org and by check to: InterVarsity, Attn: Donation Services, P.O. Box 7895 Madison, WI 53711 - note –‘Staff work of Marianne Smith.' Contact Info: Marianne_Smith@ivstaff.org 16 Pleasant St. Wellesley, MA 02482 781-801-0784