We woke up to the sights and sounds of the city this morning, here in Chicago.
Since Dave is speaking in chapel today, Moody Bible Institute let us stay in Jenkins dorm last night (where Claire lived when she was a student here!) so that we could be on campus right away.
This is the first time we've been back on campus to meet with students since she graduated. And it's the first time since 2009 that we've been here without any of our kids going to school here. It felt a little strange coming onto campus knowing we wouldn't see any of them today.
But Gavin saved the day!
He is family in more ways than one: he is our Haley's brother (Haley is married to our Caleb!), a JV Kid, and son of our long time friends, Mark and Amy Chase, who serve with JV in Slovakia! It was SO good to see him here in his first semester of his freshman year.
The student body has just returned from fall break and this is their first chapel back.
Dave powerfully spoke from John 15, on going from little fruit to much fruit.
While I recognize I'm probably biased, I would say this is the best message he's ever given at a college campus! They don't have it posted yet, but when they do, I'll put the link here. You'll want to listen to it.
It was a joy to not only meet with students today to talk about JV's summer internship program, but see some of our JV staff who have served as interns and are now in the process of raising support, like Alison, a graduate of Moody!
I also got to see dear Mrs Smith, the advisor to the Children's Ministry major who had such an impact on Claire as she studied under her.
I also had time with Kaci, who served two years ago on a short term team, and then as a summer intern this past year. A dear friend of ours who is from our home church out in the Wheaton area, she's studying at Moody as a youth ministry major. I'm so thankful for the way she poured into young people in Slovenia last summer!
We had a fantastic time on campus today with many Moody students, and pray that God will raise up a group of them to come serve with us next summer!