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An Incredible Opportunity

Over the past 40 years I have watched as senior class after senior class has graduated from colleges across our nation.  Each year among those graduates are many Christian students ... some who have met Jesus and come to faith while they have been in college ... others who found fellowship among many of the excellent ministries on campus like CRU, DiscipleMakers, Navigators and Young Life.

However, I have witnessed that many of these graduates struggle to find the same sort of fellowship, discipleship, and challenging opportunities that they experienced as students while involved in these campus ministries.  In many cases they struggle to fit in with a local church in the communities where they are launching ito their chosen vocational field.  Sadly, many find that their passion for following Christ wanes as the experience the pressure of trying to make their way iin their field and in life in general.

Good News!  Now there is an opportunty available to build on what you have experienced in college.  In Roanoke, VA and in Chester County, PA, two friends of mine are beginning ministries that will help graduates integrate what they have learned on campus into the life of the church and community they are going to live in an prayefully shine as a light for Jesus.

These two ministries are called "Blue Ridge Fellows" and "Chester County Fellows."  These two ministries are providing 9 month fellowships (internships) to recent college graduates with the hope of helping them begin their professional careers in an integrated, community-rich internship that challenges them to live out a seamless faith faith in Christ.

Perhaps you know someone, or you yourself, who would like to:

  • Bring the Christianity they experienced on campus and see it integrated into the life of a church family
  • Continue to be challenged to live out your faith in all areas of your life.
  • Have mentors who will help you find a job in your chosen new vocational field and then help you learn to live out your faith on that job.
  • Experience what a real family of believers reaching out to the community around them can be like.
  • Continue to have your knowledge of Jesus and His Word developed.

Well if so, these two fellow programs may be for you (or your friends).  Please check these two opportunities out on the opportunities page of this site.  Share them with friends who you think might be interested.

I cannot tell you how excited I am about these two new ministries and the men who are leading them.  Check then out! 

 

Jim Rhodes
Beginning My New Assignment

Welcome to my new website.  Three years ago I was diagnosed with a stage 4 lung cancer that at this time is incurable.  I have entered an experimental treatment with a research group at the University of Pennsylvania.  I hope to be able to help them find a cure for this cancer.

In the meantime, the chemo treatments for the cancer have made it necessary for me to retire on long term disability after serving 38 years as a missionary.  Over those years I accepted many different assignments from the Lord in some of the spiritually darkest corners of the world.

Now the Lord has given me a new assignment ... one which I would not have chosen ... to shine the light of the gospel in one of the darkest places I have ever been ... the cancer wards.  We do not get to choose where we serve, Jesus assigns us to the place in His harvest field that He wants us to work for His glory.  We are like flowers that are to bloom where He plants us.

So, as I seek to fufill this latest calling, I wanted to also start this web site that will allow me to make much of Jesus and share with an even larger audience the joyful adventure of knowing Him and following Him.

I hope as this site is shared over the web that those who visit will discover what it is like to experience new life in Jesus Christ, and to participate in His mission of redeeming from among all the peoples of the earth a people for Himself.

I hope to post on the site some of the best stories from my upcoming book, Come & See. Between the book excerpts, posts, media, and ongoing forum discussions, I hope to continue to chronicle what it is like to know Jesus and to be His follower.  Like Philip and Andrew of old, I want to invite people to come and see if Jesus is really who He claims to be, and, if becoming His follower is indeed the great adventure that Bible claims it to be.

So here we are launching into this latest assignment in God's harvest field.  May He use it to bring glory to Himself and provide all who visit with an ever increasing knowlege of Him.

Jim RhodesComment