The DiscipleMakers fellowship at Susquehanna University (SU) recently received official recognition from the university as a student organization. Becoming a recognized student group is a significant milestone in the growth of the group, which began in the fall of 2015 when DiscipleMakers first started sending staff to minister at Susquehanna.
As the Fall 2017 semester began, DM missionary Bria Griffin was leading a Bible study attended by a handful of students. She hoped to see a larger fellowship come together, but so far hadn’t connected with any students who seemed to share her vision for reaching the campus with the gospel. Bria and her teammates even considered pulling back from Susquehanna altogether to focus on students at other schools.
Then Bria and her teammate Zack Gugenheim met a student named Dani. Uncertain about the future of their ministry at SU, Bria and Zack asked Dani what she would want to see happen in terms of ministry at Susquehanna.
Her answer floored them. “I’ve been praying that God would connect me with people here who could help me learn to read the Bible and to lead others in Bible study,” she said. At the very moment the team was considering pulling back, God provided one student who had precisely the vision for ministry they’d been trying to inspire for two years!
Dani became a catalyst for growth in a re-energized SU fellowship. The group doubled in size, and during the spring semester Dani started leading her own Bible study. The DM staff team also gained another missionary, Steph Hartman, who helped reach out to more students. Right before spring break, Dani and the other students presented to SU’s student government and received official recognition for the fellowship.
Praise God with us for the opportunity to connect with students at Susquehanna! Pray that the students in the new fellowship would continue to grow in faith and that the fellowship itself would mature into a vibrant gospel community for students at Susquehanna.