Support Patrick’s Work With RUF
I began this blog in 2015 without a plan or direction. I was just a lonely 19-year-old lost in my own writing, hoping that my ramblings could help others. I prayed (and continue to pray) that somehow God would use my words to point others to Himself and encourage fellow believers. I never dreamed how boldly God would answer that prayer. As of the end of 2018, I’ve published more than 50 posts totaling more than 100,000 words. I have had thousands of readers from at least 41 different countries. I’m blown away by the number of people who’ve cared enough to read anything I’ve written. God has been so kind to me.
My two great passions in life are writing and ministry. Though I managed to do both as a student, they were never my focus. Now that I’ve graduated college, I have the incredible privilege of doing both of my passions full time. For the next two years, I will be interning with Reformed University Fellowship at my alma mater, Christopher Newport University.
Reformed University Fellowship is the college ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America and is on over 140 campuses around the nation. Our mission is to reach students with the gospel of Jesus Christ and equip those students to serve Him, not just on their campus, but in all of life. College is a critical time for the spiritual health of young adults. Recent studies show that nearly one third of incoming college freshman hold no religious belief. Another study states that of those young adults who regularly attended church as teenagers, 70% stop attending by 23. Less than half ever return.
My goal as an intern is to affirm the truth of the gospel to young adults in the most liminal and challenging season of their lives. I will be focusing my attention on freshman who are leaving home for the first time and moving into an environment with overwhelming freedom. For many, college is a time one is forced to answer questions like “Who am I?” or “What do I want out of life?” or “Do I matter?” Each of these questions provides an opportunity to introduce students to the God who created them, loves them, and has a plan for them. For two years, I get to enter into the complexities of their lives and continually ground them to the immovable truths of Scripture. I get to teach and model how to makes one’s faith their own.
Working with students is my most obvious responsibility in this job, but my first responsibility is support raising. My income is entirely fundraised. My budget as an intern comes to $35,445 a year; 55% of that is my annual salary, while the rest covers my benefits, ministry expenses, and general administrative costs. Living off of $19,800 a year while working 50-60 hours a week might sound miserable to some. To me, it’s a dream come true.
If you’re reading this, odds are you’ve read some of my other writing. Truly and deeply, thank you. I hope my posts have been of some benefit to you. I have no expectation whatsoever that you support me in my ministry. My publishing to this blog is in no way contingent on my employment; even if I can’t get fully funded, I’ll still have time to ponder and type. However, if you feel led to give, I’d be honored. One former RUF intern shared the following quote with me: “support raising is beautiful because it connects the people of God to the mission of God.”
You personally may not be in a position to mentor a freshman in college, or share the gospel with a skeptical group of twenty-one year olds, or talk to a young man who’s riddled with shame for his addiction about the grace and healing that Jesus offers. However, you can support me. Your prayers encourage me through hard conversations and tear-filled nights. Your financial support meets my physical needs so that I can shine Christ’s light at CNU every single day. I get to collect stories of God’s faithfulness and mercy and relay them to you on this blog. The lessons I learn and the messages I teach will also be published.
If you’d like to support my ministry, please consider donating via the link below. You can choose to give monthly, quarterly, annually, or simply give a one-time gift. From my end, monthly or quarterly gifts are the easiest to track and the steadiest form of support I can receive, but the best gift is the one that works best for you.
I’d love to keep you updated with stories, prayer requests, and other more regular updates outside of “Take Note Of This,” too. If you’d like to receive monthly email updates, please sign up via this link. I try to make sure my content doesn’t overlap, so you won’t find the stories you’ll hear in my ministry updates on this website!
Thank you for reading all of this. Thank you for reading anything I write. I’d like for you to know that each click on any of my posts is encouraging and motivating, and I pray for each of my readers. I ask that you pray for me, too, as I continue to pursue Christ and work for the furthering of His kingdom.