Friday, October 31
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“This place changed me. . . . It gave me an opportunity to look deeper into myself, my faith understanding and tradition,” says one student. Another offers: “I love this place. I feel at home here.” And yet another: “The community here is important because each person’s ideas and values are respected.” Such comments punctuate a short video with students talking about university education. “I became a Christian here.” “It’s like a spiritual-formation place . . . where you learn about volunteering, leadership development, community service, and you don’t just learn, you get involved.”
Young adults between 17 and 25 make up the student body of LCC International University in Klaipėda, Lithuania. Their excitement is echoed by faculty teaching in the business, English, psychology, and theology classrooms. What is this place of learning, transformation, and growth that serves approximately 600 students from more than 25 different countries?
Paul talks in Ephesians about the body of Christ, the household of God, as the locale of just such growth, calling it a “dwelling-place for God” (2:22). Paul is of course referring to the church, but “where two or three are gathered” counts on this university campus as well. Christian students witness to their roommates and classmates, staff and professors in all disciplines are committed to sharing the love of God in Jesus Christ, and God’s Spirit has been at work in this place since its founding in 1991.
—Rev. Jane Holslag, PC(USA) mission coworker, Klaipėda, Lithuania
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Evangelical Reformed Church in Lithuania: Tomas Šernas, general superintendent, Tomas Sajas, pastor of the Klaipėda congregation • LCC International University: Marlene Wall, president
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Loving God, in you the whole structure is joined together and grows. Bless these young adults, who come hungry for education but also find community—and meet you—in the process. Amen.