On Labor Day, the Chicago Mar Thoma Church hosted the 2nd Annual Harvest Festival. I wasn’t really sure what to expect since I was at school last year when it was held, but I was truly amazed. The event went from around 2:00pm-10:30ish, and I only went for like the last hour (…and left early). But I was so surprised at how it was set up. Different “shops” set up in the parking lot selling Indian clothes and foods, rows and rows of people sitting in front of a man-made stage, watching various performances. Quite a sight to see. This is just a glimpse of what the church is capable of…such a picture of potential. I can only imagine the outreach that we can do in the community with events like this.
Then on Tuesday, I was able to find time to visit the UIC campus, and specifically the Cornerstone Fellowship. It has literally been about 7 years since I last went to UIC, when my sister was living there, so it took a lot out of me. It was really good seeing the ministry out there, and once again spurred my heart towards college ministry. God is working like crazy in this generation, and I’m so glad that these ministries are continuing to flourish, both at UIC and U of I. I can only imagine what God is going to do even over this next year. It blesses me to even be play a role (all be it from a distance) in campus and college ministries.
Here’s a glimpse of the past: