At the beginning of January, our team took 39 UT students to a FOCUS conference in Dallas called the Student Leadership Summit, or SLS. The conference was put on by FOCUS for all student leaders in FOCUS from across the nation.
Wait, what’s a “student leader?”
A student leader is a college student who has committed to sharing Christ on his or her campus. He or she most likely leads a Bible study and meets weekly with a missionary or another student leader to grow in faith and learn how to share Jesus more effectively.
At the University of Texas in Austin, we call our student leaders “student missionaries.” These students do what we do. They love Jesus and share Him in real ways every day. As FOCUS missionaries, we couldn’t do what we do to spread the Catholic faith without our student missionaries.
I feel like a proud parent as I share that every single one of our 39 student missionaries had a profound, life-changing experience at SLS. It was incredible for me to sit back and watch them be changed by the Holy Spirit each day of the conference.
Another appropriate name for the Student Leadership Summit could have been “student missionary boot camp.” At SLS, our students (along with 1,500 other student missionaries) took practical classes about prayer, Bible studies, and how to share the Gospel. After taking the class, the students would go to a session where they would teach other students what they learned that morning. Literally, this conference taught teachers to teach.
So watch out world! There are a little over 1500 students roaming the United States that are now well equipped in multiple ways to share the Gospel and are on fire for the mission of Jesus Christ. It was Jesus who told us all to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” Every student that went on SLS has taken these words to heart and is living them out on his or her campus at this very moment. I can’t wait to see how the world will change because of it!