How Tarleton BSM’s new Northwest partnership is an answer to prayer - Part 2

by Guest Author on September 27, 2016 in Great Commandment

Morgan Little shares about a partnership Tarleton State University BSM has created with Northwest Collegiate Ministries to reach the lost in the Northwest region of the United States. To read more on this partnership, click here.

Tarleton has begun a 2025 vision. Their prayer is that over the next ten years 20 Tarleton graduates will move to the northwest after graduation to work among college students. Their prayer is that in 10 years they will be able to mark 20 northwest campuses from the unengaged campus list because of Tarleton BSM graduates. There are currently three Tarleton students preparing to move to the northwest after graduating in May.

“This week I got to see the passion of the NCM students. I think it really helped myself and our leaders see that there are people that live in a place with less believers that still have as much, if not more passion than we have here at Tarleton,” Wesley Fuller, a Senior at Tarleton said. “Our partnership with NCM has given my wife and I a path to do college ministry after I graduate in May. We found a calling to an unreached people group that we get to go and serve.”

The sharing of ideas, students and leaders with one another to see an even greater impact in their ministry fields is something that both Tarleton and NCM have benefited from. Tarleton BSM Associate Director Warren Ethridge emphasized its importance.

“Different things work in different places,” Warren said. “But just as scientists know that sharing their data helps advance the whole of science forward, collegiate workers must share the “what, why, and how” behind their practices for the advancement of The Kingdom.”

In the last three years, God has blessed Tarleton with a harvest of students that are ready to go and to serve. Visiting the northwest and spending time on their campuses has encouraged Tarleton to be constantly wrestling in prayer for their friends in the northwest.

“Our NCM friends serve on hard campuses,” Clayton said. “Many of them have been doing this longer than us, they pray more than us, work harder than us, and they are not seeing the fruit that we are seeing at Tarleton. It is very humbling. It makes me give thanks with more vigor and pray with more ferocity for the northwest campuses.” 

A year and a half ago God began to answer the prayers of Portland State University NCM Director Miriam Rainwater, by giving Tarleton a vision to partner with NCM to reach the unreached of the northwest.

“I think the biggest way our partnership has affected me personally is knowing that God is preparing people to be future laborers in this city,” Miriam said. I have been in the northwest for four years and have been continually praying for more leaders who can reach the unreached campuses in the Portland area. When I drive by PCC Cascade or Marylhurst or Lewis and Clark or other unengaged campuses, I ask God "How long?" Spending time with several students from Tarleton this week who are planning to move to the northwest when they graduate gives me hope for the university students in the greater Portland area. God is sending laborers to precious fields!”

Morgan Little is a Go Now Campus Missionary Intern at Tarleton State University BSM.

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