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Moving Mission Forward

Our mission is to plant and grow witnessing communities of graduate students and faculty on every campus in Upstate NY where there are 1,000 or more graduate students. 

In the last month, we have taken some key steps forward toward that goal. 

Inroads at Unreached Campuses

For over a year, we have been praying for contacts at SUNY Albany and Syracuse University.

There are currently no witnessing communities reaching grad students and faculty at these two large institutions. 

This past month I visited Cornell to meet with and thank Hannah Eagleson, IV staff with the Emerging Scholars Network, for her past two years of ministry to Cornell students. I also had the chance to meet with Vivek, Director of the Chesterton House, and Pastor Tim, who pastors a church in Ithaca frequented by many Cornell students and faculty. 
 
These conversations not only served to advance ministry at Cornell, but had the added surprise of opening new inroads to networks of Christian faculty in both Syracuse and Albany! 

At the end of September I am meeting with more than a dozen faculty at Syracuse University, and at the end of October I will be hosting a first grad/faculty gathering at SUNY Albany.

Please join me in praying that God would use these campus visits to catalyze new movements of students and faculty who will call every corner of their campuses to follow Jesus. 

If you have connections at any of the institutions in orange on the map above or at any other academic institution in Upstate NY, please let me know by clicking the link below.
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New Student Outreach

I typically meet three to five grad students each time I table in the UB Student Union. It's not usually an effective way to meet new students, but since I haven't been able to table for the last two years, I figured it was worth a try. So, last week Leah (the IV undergrad staff at UB) and I set up our table and I settled in for a long day not knowing what to expect. I met more than 40 new grad students! This was a very unexpected surprise. I was left in wonder of what God is doing. 

Jacobs School of Medicine 

Ministry at the med school is underway! I'm grateful to God for this group of students who are eager to press into the hard questions of faith, life and medicinal science as they seek to faithful follow Jesus on campus. Please pray for them as they continue to grow as disciples of Jesus and as the next generation of healthcare providers.

First GCF Gathering 

Tonight from 5:30-7:00, we are hosting our first GCF gathering of the semester. We're hoping that many of the students we met last week will come tonight and hear more about GCF, meet other grad students and find community and interest in this Jesus-centered fellowship on campus. This semester, we will be reading and discussing Greg Jao's book, "Your Mind's Mission." Please pray for a good turnout tonight and for our ongoing follow up with new students.

THANK YOU

To each and every one of you who pray, give and support this mission to reach every corner of every campus in Upstate NY - THANK YOU!

Your continued generosity is what allows this mission to continue to move forward. 

Gratefully,

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PERSONAL UPDATE

Today marks the beginning of the (home)school year for the Sullivan household (aka: Silly Sully School). We're excited for what the new year of learning, growth and development will bring for these little munchkins. Noah is in 5th grade this year, Levi is in 3rd and Asher starts kindergarten! (Sarah says please send prayers. Caffeine donations are also being accepted at this time.)


Our little (quickly-becoming-not-so-little) Noah turned 10 on Sunday, September 4. We are so grateful for the person he is and is becoming and are excited to see what the next decade will bring. If the next ten years go by as quickly as the last, he'll be twenty before we know it, which is... terrifying. 

To God be the Glory.
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