Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect that the student’s first six weeks, and not months, are critical. Even more reason to pray!

Hello, BRN Family! It’s good to be with you today!

You’ve heard me share about how important it is to share Christ before it is too late. In our region, EVERY 4.2 MINUTES, 1 Pennsylvanian or S. Jerseyan DIES without knowing Christ!

I want to introduce to you another critical timing issue.

For a long time, collegiate ministers have noted that relationships made during a student’s first six weeks are critical for the success of the student’s college experience.

In other words, it is the early-formed relationships that dictate the direction of the college students-either to God or away from Him.

Pennsylvania/South Jersey has approximately 750,000 students on about 225 campuses, one of the largest student populations in the nation. If we are to reach our region, it is vital that reaching our student population be an essential part of our strategy.

The Baptist Resource Network currently has about 15 vocational campus ministers serving across our region on 13 campuses, accompanied by a number of short-term workers, plus a number of churches that are reaching out to the campuses within their context.

We need more campus ministers, more churches to intentionally engage campuses within their spheres of influence, and more church plants that have a ministry to students in their DNA. The timing is critical.

To that end, the #LovePASJ Week of Prayer and Offering for Missions seeks to help churches in these endeavors. Would you join us in praying for God to move in a mighty way as we love our college and university students across Pennsylvania and South Jersey? Thank you!

Thanks for listening in today and God bless you!

Download and/or order resources to promote the #LovePASJ Week of Prayer and Offering in your church here. Find out more about the #LovePASJ initiative at www.lovepasj.com.