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Friday
Apr192013

Campus Ministry Impact - Adam Smith

Thank you for your support of WELS Campus Ministry in the Milwaukee area in the past, present and going forward into the future. Your gifts of time, talents and treasure help to strengthen the faith of many college students and work to bring other college students to knowledge of God and his Word. I would like a couple minutes of your time to share my story of how your support of campus ministry affected my life.

I came to the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee as a graduate student working to receive a Masters in Public History after receiving a Bachelors degree in History from Missouri S&T in Rolla, Missouri. The closest church was an hour and a half away and while there was a church family that I would ride with on occasion, it didn’t really give me a chance to fully participate in God’s Word. I did not participate much in campus ministry, mostly because I was the only WELS student on campus but also because I didn’t really want to. As you can see, there sounds like a number of excuses here, because that’s what I seemed to do a lot of and was growing apathetic in my faith. The final straw was when mom died unexpectedly and that sent me down into a further spiral where I was angry with God and struggling to comprehend why these things could happen.

Luckily, when I came to Milwaukee I was able to meet some great people through TPOG and the WELS Campus Ministry. Through Bible Studies, conversations with Pastor and other staff, and regular church attendance I was able to start gaining a greater appreciation for what God has done and continues to do for me and to start becoming a more active participant in my faith life. One of my favorite bible studies I was involved in included a number of graduate students and some of the staff from TPOG. We would sit down once a week, usually for breakfast, and talk about a chapter of the Bible and how it related to our lives today. Discussions were awesome and I learned a great deal about myself and my fellow studiers.

In short, Milwaukee Area Campus Ministry provided an excellent opportunity for me to find myself and redefine my faith relationship with God. I am so grateful for the opportunities you helped to provide for me through your generous donations of time, talent, and treasure. While I moved from Milwaukee seven months ago, my passion for campus ministry has not ceased and I continue to support and help with True North Campus Ministry at Saint Cloud State University and surround St. Cloud schools.

Thank you again for all of your support and helping to make this possible!

Yours in Christ,
Adam Smith
TPOG Alum

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