Ministry Update from Chris Sullivan
View this email in your browser

Dear Friends, Family and Partners,

We are on mission to call every grad student and every faculty to follow Jesus as whole life disciples who bring the good news of the kingdom in and through everything they say and do. As I reflect on the last year, I am encouraged by the ways students and faculty have lived into this mission on campus.
I think of M, who is using his voice and position of privilege to bring structural change in the Math Department at UB in order to give those who are affected by decisions a seat at the table where the decisions are made. I think of Dr. D. who continues to embody and share the gospel to his students.  I am encouraged by K who has matured as a faithful witness at the medical school. K is learning how God's desire for health and healing aligns with God's desires for creation. This reorients his approach to healthcare as a profession and has encouraged him to more boldly share his faith with his peers and students. 

I am encouraged by what God has done in Upstate NY in this last year. A year ago today, I hired Eric to full-time ministry at the University of Rochester. In the last year, God opened doors for him to plant a faculty fellowship that quickly grew into a multi-campus, city-wide fellowship of more than 20 faculty. Praise God! 

While COVID has continued to present a host of challenges this year, I am thankful for the 50 students and more than 30 faculty who have gathered to pray, read the scriptures together and love their neighbor through intentional acts of service and generosity. 

Thank you for your generous, sacrificial and prayerful partnership in the gospel. Your partnership is what sustains us for this mission. I am so thankful to God each of you. 

Reaching Every Campus in Upstate New York

Upstate, NY is located in the most university dense region of the country. Between the Bronx and Buffalo, there are over 100 universities and colleges with tens of thousands of graduate students and faculty from nearly every country around the world walking their campuses. One of my goals as the GFM Area Director for Upstate NY is to plant at least one witnessing community on each campus with 1,000 or more graduate students. The immediate campuses I am focused on are: 
  • Buffalo State College 
  • SUNY Fredonia
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Syracuse University
  • Alfred University 
  • SUNY Albany
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
I hope to plant one campus a year. Would you join me in praying for these campuses? One of the strategies for planting is to gather a local intercessory prayer team around each campus. If you live near one of these campuses, would you consider being part of a prayer team for the college or university near you? Let me know by replying to this email.  

Additionally, if you have connections to students, faculty or friends at or near any of these schools, please reach out to me. I would love to take you out to coffee or tea and hear about potential connections. Who knows - God might use the connections you have to plant a witnessing community at one of these schools!
It was a gift to serve as the manuscript study leader for the GFM NE Regional Staff Retreat.

The focus text for the week was 2 Corinthians 4. 
It was a joy to meet up with my supervisor, Kathy, in Buffalo for my annual review. 

Good supervision is a gift from God. 

Personal Update

We finished the school year and the end of the soccer season with a celebratory ice cream. Noah (top right) and Levi (bottom center) are very excited for a break from school. They both, like their parents, are little blooming bibliophiles, so we will still spend lots of time at the library.

We have enjoyed a couple camping trips this summer, especially to Green Lake State Park. Green Lake is a stunningly beautiful meromictic lake (google it!).

We are grateful for this energetic, sometimes (usually?) noisy, never boring season of life with these four wonderful kids who are a constant reminder of good in the world. 
Give to the Ministry in Upstate NY
Copyright © 2022 InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp