A message from Jon Epps (INN Director):
Greetings Friends and Colleagues in Ministry -
I hope that this note finds you well and enjoying the beautiful summer we are blessed with in the Northwest and all that glory that God's creation reveals.
Many of you received a letter from the INN in partnership with Community College Outreach and Jan Smith a few months back with an invitation to partner in the ongoing missionary work to emerging young adults. Despite the constant bad news we often hear about young adult engagement with faith and community - you have two sources of profoundly good news of the Spirit's transformational work right here in Washington!
To that end I wanted to extend the invitation with a reminder, links you can easily explore and a copy of Jan's letter below.
I also wanted to share an exciting resource for any youth group or young person you know considering what's next. Developed by a student for her senior project, this video gathers voices of students from a variety of perspectives that gives wisdom and direction while dispelling common traps that undermine faith, community and calling.
It's a great conversation piece that could foster inter-generational sharing of wisdom for faith and life.
I hope it can be a blessing to your community and provide insight and hope for how the Spirit is at work in young adult men and women passionate to seek the common good and reach their culture for the sake of Jesus.
Please let Milad and I know if you have any questions regarding our missionary efforts, what we're learning or if we can meet with a young adult from your community.
Jon Epps ǀ INN Director
The INN University Ministries
Why college ministry is a call for all churches.
an open letter from Jan Smith
I'm writing with a challenge for you. Both of our Presbyterian based college ministries, serving UW Bothell Campus, Western Washington University, Edmonds Community and Shoreline Community colleges, need to increase their funding base. Right now, a large portion of their funding comes from two churches with a few others contributing on a regular basis. They need each of our churches to join with them to provide this vital mission to young adults.
Although our tiny church has no students attending any of these institutions, we have determined as a session to be a multigenerational ministry and have responded by including the INN into our ministry budget. These institutions draw the majority of their students from our four counties. The students will become your friends and neighbors when they graduate and it is incumbent upon us to offer them the opportunity to learn about the God we love and follow.
As a retiree of Western Washington University, I saw firsthand the value of a strong Christian presence on a campus. I still love having ministries to point students to as I continue work with that population but they can’t do it on their own. It is our responsibility to offer the good news to all of those around us including college students and young adults through the INN and Community College Outreach.
I would like to urge you to add the INN and Community College Outreach into your mission budgets and to pray regularly for Milad Nakhla and Jon Epps as they direct these vital ministries. Pray that students will come to see and grow in the knowledge of Christ. Pray for the staff as they pastor and teach the students placed into their hands by God.
I am praying for you to experience the joy of reaching this generation of students with the news that they are loved and valued by God and your church.
Peace and grace to you,
Janice Smith, CRE
Acme Presbyterian Church