A Plea for United Prayer: STRIDE House
Need for Dedicated Adventist Campus Ministry in Boston. About 70% of students from Christian homes will leave the faith during college. Unfortunately, this statistic also applies to Adventist students. According to research, the reason for this mass exodus is the inability of Christian youth to intelligently articulate their faith and religious beliefs (1 Peter 3:15), as well as a lack of a strong and supportive community of faith away from home (Hebrews 10:24, 25).
Meeting the Need. Since 2008, STRIDE has been applying Christ’s method in ministering to students on secular campuses in the Greater Boston Area. Hundreds of students have been positively impacted for Christ through personal ministry efforts, Bible-based and Christ-centered programming, and social events on various campuses; namely MIT, Harvard, Tufts, Berklee, Boston University, Northeastern, and the University of Massachusetts Boston. About 15 young people have been baptized into the body of Christ through the ministry of STRIDE. Important to this success is our collaboration with two local churches: Boston Temple of Seventh-day Adventists and Cambridge Seventh-day Adventist Church, of the Southern New England and Northeastern Conferences respectively. There is much more that God can do in Boston!
The STRIDE House. Though the faces of students, young professionals, and staff have changed over the years, one thing that's been constant is the "STRIDE House." Integral to the ministry is the STRIDE House situated between MIT and Harvard at 62-64 Amory St., Cambridge, MA. It serves as the epicenter for Boston Adventist campus ministry and is a nurturing space for Adventist students in the area. Many students consider it their home away from home. It provides a neutral and welcoming space for all, allowing us to introduce non-Adventist friends to a loving Adventist Christian community.
A Unique Opportunity. For the past six years the use of the STRIDE House has been graciously donated to us for ministry purposes. The owner, however, has decided to put the property on the market by June 2014. We've been working tirelessly over the past months to raise funds, communicating with Conferences and church leaders, applying to grants, sharing the need, etc. in order to get the House before it goes on the market. We want to make use of this divinely timed opportunity to establish a permanent and dedicated location for Adventist campus ministries in Boston.
United Prayer. In addition to our diligent temporal efforts, we recognize the need of individual and corporate prayer. The ministry of STRIDE and the STRIDE House is bigger than the efforts of a few; this is God's ministry. It is our plea that you join us in prayers daily lifting this need to our Savior. Your support through prayers, sharing the need with your peers, and financial support is essential. Please join us in the work that Ellen White said is one that ”must be done, and it will be done by those who are led and taught of God” (3SM 234).
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