Ministry Update from the Dengs
University of California, Los Angeles
UCLA Campus Outreach
The sound of clamor and chaos grew louder and louder with each step I took up the brick stairs of Janss Hill. Though weary from the heat of the Southern California Indian summer, what awaited me at the summit was a sight to behold. Thousands upon thousands of UCLA students, stretching far as the eye could see, enthusiastically milling around the annual, uncreatively named Enormous Activities Fair. Intimidated by the crowd and slightly winded from the climb, I took a moment to take it all in.
And then the weight of C.S. Lewis’ words hit me.
“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors…all day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations.”
Each and every one of the students before me was created in the image of God, each destined to live in eternal ecstasy or eternal misery. Each one in the crowd was searching for that which God has engraved on our hearts – holy longings for acceptance, redemption, and purpose. Each one, consciously or not, aching for what only Jesus can provide.
This is why we are here.
In his goodness, God has ordained his people to be the primary vehicles of grace, inviting us to participate in his redemptive purposes. And to this end, we say that we will gladly spend and be spent for the sake of the gospel. Thank you, for joining with us and being a tangible reminder of God’s all sufficient sustenance. Though the road so far has not been without trials and tears, we march onward behind the unstoppable force of the Kingdom of God.
This weekend (Oct. 14-16) is our annual Fall Retreat. Please pray for the nearly 300 students who will be attending as they grow in their walks with Jesus or encounter him for the very first time. Pray that many lives would be changed!
Until the world hears,
Goodwin & Justine Deng