Zach & Heidi Beeler

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Merry Chrismas

14
December
2017

Dear Ministry Supporters,

Many of you are hopefully starting to recieve our Christmas newsletter in the mail. If you haven't, it is probably because we don't have your physical address (send your mailling address our way in that case!). Here is a link to the PDF newsletter, just in case you wanted to read a digital copy.

 

Thanks for all your prayers and support over the last year. We couldn't do it without you!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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God bless,

Zachary & Heidi

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Surgery Update

31
May
2017

Than you so much for your prayers. The surgery went really well and I am about a 100 percent again, other than being a little tired from time to time. I wish I could say it was completely uneventful, but it wasn't. While removing my tonsils the Doctor found a low grade infection, which caused a little more bleeding, but nothing serious. I was told I may have been living with a low grad infection for a long time, so I may get even more energy back once I recover fully. Just wanted to thank everyone for praying because it was a painful recovery, especially at night. One night I woke up bleeding, which I was warned could happen, but it still freaked us out as it seemed like so much blood. After 20 miutes of gargling cold ice water it stopped bleeding. We went to the doctor to get my throat looked at and they said I looked fine, that a scab probalby just came off. Thanks again for all your prayers of healing and protection. I healed quickly and I was safe the whole time. Heidi also had a sense of peace during the surgery as she waited in the waiting room which was a blessing.

One last thing, Heidi and I will be mailing out a newsletter to everyone some times in the next month. If your address has changed or you didn't recieve a newsletter at Christmas time then we either don't have your address or wrote it down wrong at some point. Please send us your address if you haven't recieved anything for awhile. Thanks, hope everyone has a great summer and we look forward to seeing you all again.

For further prayer requests please click the link on the left. We regularly update our prayers on that link as they arise.
 
In Christ Embrace,

Zach and Heidi Beeler

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Prayer for Surgery

15
May
2017

We are sending out this newsletter to ask for prayer as Zach goes into having his tonsils removed on Tuesday May 16th at 11:00am. Pray for his protection as he is having his tonsils removed. Also pray that he recovers quickly without any problems or setback and that he is able to keep fluids down so he doesn't become dehydrated. We are told the surgery isn't without risks and the first three to ten days are going to be the worst. Also, prayer for Heidi, she will be taking care of Zach as he takes about two weeks to recover.

Thanks for all your prayers for our ministry at Willamette. We have exciting news to share with you. Three students who are graduating from Willamette have decided to join staff with us at Willamette for a one year commitment! This means more people committed to loving and caring for the needs of students at Willamette University. What is better is that they are just graduating, so they already have a lot of relationship with their peers that God could use mightily.

We just wanted to let you know about this prayer request during the surgery. Thanks again for all your prayers and support. You make such a difference.

 

In Christ Embrace,

Zach and Heidi Beeler

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If We Are the Body

09
March
2017

Momentum Group PhotoGreetings! We recently had our annual Momentum retreat with students.  This year we went to Camp Jonah in Washington.  Momentum is a student leadership reatreat where students are encouraged to focus on their faith away from the hustle and bustle of campus life.   
    
This year our focus at the retreat was to help students learn about and see how God has uniquely designed each of us to have a part in the body to serve Him.  We had students fill out questionnaires before the retreat so they could learn about their giftings. As we discussed what God might be molding and shaping them for, we also had great discussions about how to even determine God's will. Many students took up the challenge of starting to depict God's call on their life. It was a thrill to hear about their passions (serving homeless, wrestling, cooking for others, teaching, track,etc.) and challenge them to see how God might use those to further His kingdom.
    
The Egyptian Muslim student I told you about in our last newsletter, also came on the retreat!  As we prepared to leave for the retreat, I prayed God would
give us an opportunity to share His story with her or that He might come to her in a dream as many converted Muslims have been reached by the gospel through dreams. I love how God gives us each a role in His plans, and I saw that even more clearly that weekend.  As we drove up to the retreat, we rode in two different vans. She was riding in the other van from us.  As you do on most road trips, there is a lot of time to talk.  As I was praying in the other van, she was asking about the Christian faith with our other staff member, Craig.  He shared the gospel with her!  Praise the Lord for moments He creates for seeds of understanding to be planted.  I have heard it can take anywhere from 7-12 times for some to hear Willamette Group Photothe gospel, before they are ready to respond.  I praise God for a seed being planted that day. Please pray we have more opportunities before she leaves, as she finishes school this term.  
    
Even though I wasn't the one who planted the seed, I know God gave me a role in the situation, to cover it in prayer. This makes us delight all the more in your role in ministry, that you are an integral part of our ministry.  You help us so much by your prayers and support. It gives us the opportunity to be another part of the body of Christ and help plant seeds and teach others about what the Lord has done.  Thank you for serving the Lord through your giving and praying.  
        
Family
Speaking of the body,I bet you were wondering where the Beeler's disapeared to lately?!  We were going to send you a newsletter last month after returning from retreat, but life got crazy when Zach got tonsilitus and the flu combined!  Life took on a different pace as I (Heidi) went back and forth between getting on campus, taking care of a sick husband, and taking care of Lydia.  Zach is feeling better now, he has been seen at a specialist office and they are recommending the removal of his tonsils.  We are in the process of scheduling the surgery and praying that God would provide for the surgery. Please pray for Zach to heal quickly and that having this surgery would help improve his overall health.
 
In Christ Embrace,

Zach and Heidi Beeler

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Ministry so Far

22
November
2016

CA retreat large group photoThe first month of the school year is about to pass us by. Everything is going by quickly and much has happened since the last newsletter. We have about 40 students involved in our ministry and more on the fringe. Three of the students have taken a step of faith and are taking on bigger roles this year as students aprentices. Basically, they are learning how to do what I and the other staff do by taking on responsibilities and finding at least one or two peers they can invest in. We have a solid student minitry team of about 10 students who are leading small areas of the ministry they are gift/interested in. Areas like prayer team, community team, worship team, new student follow up team, and a few other teams. With all this help, we are excited to see what God does this year. Keep praying for unbeleiving students we are connected with. One of the students is a Japanese exchange student who will be leaving to go back to Japan in January. He has been coming to our community building activities, which has allowed him to build relationships with myself and several students. Heidi and I hope to have him over to our place for dinner soon. Here are some exciting things that have happened so far this year:

Exciting things:
- We have a real solid freshmen guys group this year. We got a group of them together easily and are doing a Bible study weekly with them. I can't wait to see as time goes forward how much they will grow. ~ Zach
- I have been encouraged how much several of the students have grown over the summer. They have maturerd and vocally told us they want to make God a priority in their lives this year. It is really cool to see, because they weren't close to that last year. ~ Zach
- A student I met with last year has really started to pursue God more and she cleared out time in her schedule to come to Bible study and each week I meet with her she has memorized more verses! She is an encouragement.  ~ Heidi
- We just got back from our annual student fall retreat near Sisters, Oregon.  At the retreat we focused on what a life well lived in Christ looks like.  Students had CA Retreat group picturegreat questions and it was a great time of fellowship.  We are excited to see more friendships forming in the group and we feel a deepening sense of community.  
-Each of the teams we mentioned earlier are encouraged to put together an activity for our group or the campus each semester.  Pray that their unique gifts and talents would bring about intriguing, God honoring ways of reaching their peers.  

Family:
Heidi and I are still trying to figure out how to balance being on campus with having a little baby. It has been a challenge at times, but also helps us to meet more college students. The other day Heidi met with a student at the girls sorority and most of the meeting was spent with a bunch of the sorority sisters coming in and meeting Lydia!  Many of those students she had not gotten to meet yet and she is excited to develop relationships with them.  Pray there are more opportunities and that surface conversations about Lydia can eventually turn to deeper spiritual conversations.  
Lydia is doing well and is already aproaching three months old!  I can't believe how fast time is flying.  She is starting to sleep through the night which is amazing.  Her joy and interest in everything, especially trees, is so fun to watch and encourage.  

God bless,
Zachary & Heidi

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Importance of Small Victories

03
June
2016

Here are some of our small victories:
- There is a guy who I have been pursuing to disciple since I started at Willamette. I met with him one on one in January to learn about him and challenge him to meet with me weekly for discipleship. His initial response was to say no, I'm not ready for the commitment yet. I will think about it though. Over the course of about three week I would check in to see where he was at and he would give me pretty close to the same answer. As of the beginning of February, I'm now meeting with him regularly. Pray for him as he pursues his relationship with Jesus Christ.  (Zach)
- I have been working to gain access to the baseball team at Willamette. Up until March I had developed a relationship with one Christian student on the team. We now meet weekly. In order to develop more relations with students I have been going to practices and games so they get used to seeing my face around and so I can say hi and have little conversation with players and coaches. The other day I got a report from the player I meet with that the baseball guys have been asking him who I am and what we are doing there. Apparently, students on the baseball team are warming up to us being there and trust is beginning to be developed with players and coaches. A small victory, but very positive as I begin to get to know more players and meet with them. (Zach)


- I have started discipling a girl in one of the sororities, Delta Gamma.  Each week we meet together at her sorority and as we meet she usually has three to five friends in the sorority come up to her and say hi.  I'm thankful she is open and willing to meet in a space where her "sisters" feel free to come see what we are doing.  She and I are working on starting a Bible study in the sorority! (Heidi)
-Craig (a fellow staff in CA) and I have been meeting with a student who initially came to college with some understanding of faith but had grown up in a family where Jesus was only one of many prophets they followed. Before Zach and I were on campus, Craig started meeting with her and I joined them as each week we would talk about all different aspects of Jesus, His life, sacrifice, and leading to the only way for true redemption of our sin.  Each week she asks great questions, almost like stepping stones toward trusting Christ.  For weeks she would say she understood in her head but wasn't ready to accept in her heart as absolute truth. She wanted a sign from God that He would show Himself.  She didn't get an awe inspiring sign or vision but God, I believe He whispered in her heart as she searched out the scriptures.  In our meeting a month ago she explained that she now trusted in Jesus as her one and only Savior and believed it in her head and her heart. Praise God!  Small victories led her to a great and mighty victory of eternal significance!  Recently she shared her testimony at a dinner.  With her permission we have the video posted on our website and below, please check it out!

Family Life

Our baby girls due date is quickly approaching, only 6 weeks left!  Her due date is July 15.  Heidi's doctor appointments are going well and the baby is even measuring a little big at this point!  We are praising God that the placenta is transferring nutrients correctly to her and that she is healthy.  Thank you so much for praying with us and please continue to pray for a healthy baby and a good delivery.  

As we prepare for her to be her we are amazed at God's provision.  As I, Heidi, have been nesting and preparing for baby I have started to get concerned about all the different aspects of what we need for her.  But God knows our needs, and it seems as I would start to worry about an item, He has provided it.  We were in need of a crib mattress and I was trying to wait until after baby showers to buy things but kept worrying that if she came early I had no place to put her.  A woman in our church asked if there were any other needs we had and I told her about the mattress.  Right away she remembered she had one that her one year old hadn't really used and that she had been meaning to ask me about that specific item!  The very next day I was talking to my sister and she had found a good deal on crib sheets and asked if I needed them, even before I said anything about the crib mattress.  With each item it is like God is whispering to my heart the verses of Matthew 6:25-34. I have been reminded over and over again that God knows our needs and is meeting them abundantly, if He feeds and cares for the birds and the flowers how much more He cares for us, His children.

 

Blessings,

Zach and Heidi Beeler

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Student Leadership Retreat

11
May
2016

Momentum is our student leadership training retreat. Our goal is to teach the students how to do ministry by giving them tools to use and oppritunities to try them. 2 Timothy 2:2 "2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others." Keep praying for the students in our ministry as the school year comes to a close and we prepare for summer and fall with the student leaders. Enjoy the video!!!

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Baby, Momentum and More

30
March
2016

Students and StaffStudent Leadership Training (Momentum)
Hello All! In our last news letter we asked you to pray about our students leadership training retreat. Many of you have seen posts about this retreat in the past. Students were encouraged to be bold and step out of their comfort zone for Christ.  Many came away with great action steps whether it was being intentional in what they say/how they act, talking about faith with friends, or even starting a Bible study on their campus.  Please pray with us that these students continue to step out of their comfort zone for Christ and trust Him to work through their conversations and their actions.  

During part of the retreat we broke out into small groups and talked deeper about what it means to trust God and the different parts in the Bible that show how people interacted with Jesus and trusted Him.  One pivotal story many students related to was Peter walking on water and how at first he trusted and then sunk as fear or wanting to do it in his own strength took over. But Jesus reached out and pulled him back up.  Each day, each moment we have the choice to trust God with our circumstances/situations and give Him room to work.  But it is so easy to fall as we think we can do it on our own.  We also talked about how worldly temptations get in the way of serving God and how we can surrender those to God.  

For Heidi and I it was a great time to get to know students deeper, as well as the students building better community. It is kind of a crock pot affect. You are with the students all day for about two days. Eat, sleep, learn, ....eat, sleep, learn....and have fun along the way!  God worked in many lives that weekend and we are excited to see students take steps of faith.

Baby News
If you haven't heard yet, we recently found out we are having a baby girl!!!  We are thrilled, but unfortunately we had many boy names agreed upon and no girl names yet.  It seems like such a huge decision to give a child the name they will have their whole life.  In the scheme of things Student playing gamesthough, I know it is just the beginning of decisions as God leads us in how to best guide and teach our child.  

As the baby is growing and developing I have really been struck by God's deep care for us. Psalm 139:13-17 ESV says: "For you formed my inward parts;you knitted me together in my mother's womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was non of them.  How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!"  How amazing that even as He is working to form this child he already knows her, He knows what her name will be, who she will grow up to be! Then to reflect and think He already knew me in my mother's womb, and knows all the days we each have.  How intricate He forms and knows us deeply.  

When we had our last ultrasound the technician informed us that the babies umbilical cord is attached at the side of the placenta.  Normally it attaches at the center of the placenta.  It can negatively affect the babies ability to absorb nutrients, but sometimes it is just the way that it formed and the baby continues to develop normally.  So far the baby is developing right on track - praise God!  I will be going in for extra ultrasounds in the weeks to come as they monitor and make sure she is continuing to develop well. 

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Baby On The Way and Campus Happenings!!!

10
February
2016

Zach and Heidi with bun in oven_BabyDear Ministry Supporter

Family
We are excited to announce Heidi is pregnant!  She is due July 15.  We are looking forward to learning the gender in a few weeks and are starting to arrange a room for the baby in our apartment.  She is feeling well as she just started the second trimester and gaining more energy now.  Luckily we've heard from locals that July is when it starts getting hot in Salem, so she won't have to be too miserable in the heat.  We are so ecstatic, anticipating the joy of bringing a child into this world.  

Ministry
At Willamette University, students are busy working away at spring semester. Heidi and I are busying meeting and getting to know students and staff at Willamette University. Some of the students we are meeting with are involved in our ministry, but we are also getting to know students outside the ministry, hoping for opportunities to plant seeds. On top of being full-time on campus, Heidi and I are still working on support. Thanks to a generous large gift we have moved much closer to our goal, but still have a bit to go.  Here are some highlights and difficulties we have experienced so far.

Heidi at internatial student dinnerHighlights:
1) Being able to get to know and meet with all the male students so far. Joy fills my heart when I know these student are living out there faith in an environment that is hard to do so. (Zach)
2) Enjoying meeting with girls and hearing their stories for the first time. (Heidi)
3) We had 8 students at our place for taco's and the super bowl this Sunday. We have a monthly dinner where we invite students home which we call "The Table." This is our first time hosting at our house.   (Both)
4) Starting to do discipleship with a couple girls and developing deeper relationship.(Heidi)
5) Meeting the football, basketball, and baseball coaches, along with the student athletes has brought a lot of joy for me. My love for God and joy of sports makes ministry to the sports teams fun. (Zach)
6) Getting to know the students leadership team. (Both)
7) Developing plans as staff to reach the campus. (Both)
8) Discovering opportunities for building community on campus (Heidi)
9) Talking to a couple of students who are still investigating about Christ. (Zach)
Student came over to our house for lunch and super bowl10)Being a part of a welcome dinner for the Japanese students who arrived on campus February 8. (Heidi)
11)Preparing for a child. (Both)
        
Difficulties:
1) Adjusting to all of the Rain! I like rain, but it's here all of the time. I really enjoy days when the sun comes out. (Heidi)
2) Gaining energy - I am in the second trimester now, so energy has increased but I get tired much earlier in the day. (Heidi)
3) Students are driven and very busy at Willamette, which can make it hard to meet with them to develop a deep relationship quickly. (Zach)

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Getting Our Feet Wet!!!

22
November
2015

Student Getting Quiet TIme with GodDear Ministry Partners,

A little over two weeks ago Heidi and I moved to Salem, Oregon. During that time we have been getting unpacked, but also developing relationships with students at Willamette University.

Trip to Mount Angel Abbey: (Heidi)
We went with a group of students up to Mount Angel Abbey on an early Saturday morning.  The abbey is just outside of Silverton, Oregon so it was less than an hour drive away for us.  Eleven students came with us and we spent most of our time there having quiet time with God.  We came back together to debrief our time at the end and many students talked about the fact that it is very counter cultural to stop, sit, and listen.  Our society seems to always be busy and the culture at Willamette University is no exception.  The university seems to encourage students to overbook/over extend themselves in coursework and getting involved in multiple clubs.  I don't know about you, but I don't know many college students that are excited about getting up early on a Saturday.  Just having this many students come and be blessed by their time away was well worth it.  It was a great break away from studying to spend time with God.  We are looking forward to doing this again next semester.  

Meeting Students and Coaches on Football Team: (Zach)
As I am always interested in sports, it was really fun for me to talk to some of the students who are on the football team. Several are committed to their relationships with Christ and trying to reach out to the rest of the team. It is not only encouraging for me to see students reaching the rest of the team, but also that the coaches are open to allowing Campus Ambassadors staff to interact with them as well.

Weekly Meeting:
We have been at several meetings so far and it is encouraging.  A student led the discussion last week and we've been talking about things like broken dreams and broken relationships.  Please pray with us that students continue to be open in these discussions and that God impacts their lives as we continue to study God's word.

Students Discussing Importance of time with GodThe Table:
Each month, for Willamette students, our fellow staff Craig Hammond and his wife Megan, host a meal for students to come to which is called The Table. We packed out the house and had many great conversations over turkey and mashed potatoes (This month was Thanksgiving themed).  As students started leaving we headed out too because our apartment opened up that same day! Several staff in the area and a student helped us pack our things in.  Thank you! We are so thankful for the time we were able to stay with some friends here in Salem to get started on campus, but it was also nice to start getting settled in.  

Happy Thanksgiving!  We hope you are all getting to enjoy time with your loved ones.

God bless,

Zachary & Heidi Beeler

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Thanks for Your Commitment to 40 Days of Prayer

19
October
2015

Thank you for you continued prayers. So much has happened in the last 40 days and we couldn't have done it without you. The generosity we have seen in your prayers and giving has encouraged us tremendously.

Over the 40 days we have had an increase of 5 percent in monthly support! Thank you also for many generous one time gifts to help in our moving fund, including a very generous donation of $1,000. Praise the Lord! That gift almost finished off our moving fund. We have also gained more prayer support, which we are so very grateful for.

We also have some other good news for you! After much looking, we have found a place to live in Salem. It is only 2 miles from campus. Praise God!  Our place won't be available to move into until early to mid-November so we are looking in the mean time to stay with someone in Salem so we can start serving on campus.  Please pray with us in this transition, that we would glorify God and He would provide a place to stay in the transition.

Thanks again for all your generosity. We can't do it without faithful supporters like you. Please continue to pray as we finish off raising the last 12 percent of our support and begin to reach students with the gospel at Willamette University.  We are excited to see what God is doing on campus!

God bless,

Zachary & Heidi Beeler

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Changed Life

02
September
2015

Willamette University: Bear CatsWillamette Student

Here is a story one of our campus staff, Craig Hammond, recently shared with us about a student from Willamette:

God is always working to accomplish His purpose for our lives. Last November, Craig received news one of the guys on the football team had been arrested for murder. The whole campus was shaken by this news, as the young man, Beau, was considered one of the "good guys" on the team. Many of the guys who  are a part of the football small group Bible study were good friends with him and so they began to pray that God would use this horrible situation to bring about good.

As Beau awaits trial, Craig has been able to visit Beau in jail. The first time they met, Beau showed little interest in spiritual things. The second time he came to visit, Beau was ready to talk. He asked a lot of question and the conversation went all over the place as Beau wrestled with his beliefs about the world and the existence of God. Leaving, he encouraged Beau to read scripture. They met a third time and Beau shared how reading an apologetics book by Josh McDowell had really convinced him that Jesus really is God and had asked Jesus to be Hs Lord and Savior. Since then, it's been amazing watching God transform his life and to see how the Lord is using his story to impact many others. Praise God! Even in bad circumstances God is accomplishing His purposes.

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School Year Starting Soon!

12
August
2015

Ministry Partners,

Zach had the opportunity last week to give his first sermon at my home church. His topic was from 2 Corinthians 7:2-16. He spoke on the circle of encouragement between Paul, Corinth, and Titus. Paul encouraged Corinth with a letter of appeal, Titus encouraged Paul by his report of the Corinthians returning to God in repentance, and Titus was encouraged by Corinth because they lived up to the expectation that Paul had given. They each were an encouragement to each other, building each other up in the body of believers. Encouragement can spur us on and give us courage that we are walking a good path. We are looking forward to being a part of that on the Willamette campus and we love being a part of that in our partnership with you.

Support Update:
Just wanted to update you really quick on what has been going on. Heidi and I have been working really hard to get our support raised so we can be on campus this fall. We are inching closer every day with each phone call, meeting and message we do. God is at work in this process and we see Him moving. We are looking forward to getting on campus but need to be close to 95% before joining campus.

Join with us in praying that we can get the necessary support in and begin working with college students in the next few weeks. I believe having specifics to pray for is important. Heidi and I are currently at 78% of our support package. That means we need to raise about $1,061 a month to be at a 100 percent support raised. This would allow us to focus our full energies to students each week instead of worrying about our support level. We want to be fruitful in ministry and are preparing so we can be fully engaged on campus.

Pray
 - Raise the rest of our support. That we remain encouraged as we continue working hard and trusting in the Lord for support.
 - For us to find a place to rent in Salem Oregon that fits our budget and is near campus. If you know of any, please let us know!
 - To find people to partner with our ministry through prayer, finances, and referrals.
 - Pray for the students as they begin arriving on campus. Pray that God is already stirring in their hearts a desire to know Him.
 - Pray for students who are already believers to grow and to be bold in their faith and willing to share Christ with others.

God bless,

Zach and Heidi

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Student Testimony

01
July
2015

Your support changes lives. Here is how.

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Exciting Statistics!

05
June
2015

Missions Door 2014 StatisticsHere are some really encouraging statistics coming out of Missions Door for what has happened over the last year. Any time I see numbers like this, it is an encouragement to me. It is so exciting to see God at work and see the furthering of His kingdom.

For those of you wondering why I am talking about Missions Door when I actually work for Campus Ambassadors, I will explain. Missions Door is the over arching ministry of Campus Ambassadors. Meaning Campus Ambassadors is run through Missions Door. Missions Door has many other ministries associated with it as well. The statistics combine all the ministries numbers from 2014.

Please continue to pray for us as we are nearing our support goal.  We are at 74%, praise God!  God is providing in amazing ways and we are excited to start work on campus.

Happy summer to you all!  Hope you are enjoying the beautiful sunshine.

To God be the glory.

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Bringing Jesus to the Nations

08
March
2015

Zach and Heidi in AlaskaMy wife and I recently went to Alaska, to talked to individuals she knew and churches she had grown up in. We were blessed to be able to meet with many people and share our ministry.  We had the chance to walk around the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)while we were there. My wife was showing me the campus she grew up around because her dad was a professor there. I saw a sight that helped me understand in a bigger way why college ministry is so important to the kingdom of God. It was a fact that hasn't hit me before, in this way. I now understand at a deeper level why God has called me to campus ministry.

As I was walking around UAF I saw a whole bunch of flags from about 60 different countries lining the walls of the commons. At first I was wondering why they were all there. It was then explained to me that the flags represent all the students that have come to UAF from different countries. As I looked around at all of them I thought, "How cool!"

It hit me like a ton of bricks. All I could think about was how many students could be reached around the world through discipleship that started on a college campus (2 Timothy 2:2 Says,"And what you have heard from them in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."). I'm so honored that God would bless me with such an opportunity to reach the world from one location. Not only do I get to reach American students, but other countries as well.

As I continued to ponder these thoughts I began to think about the world.  Most countries aren't sending over impoverished students, but ones that come from families in leadership positions within the country. Positions that over time can affect the infrastructure of a country. Just think for a minute what kind of affect that can have on the world for Christ's sake. It means we send individuals back home with a new found and/or stronger belief in Christ. Meaning we are constantly sending missionaries places about every one to four years. I think that is amazing.

Flags of different countries at UAFIn college ministry we can impact multiple countries for Christ from one location.  I can't be in all of these countries at once, but I can share Christ with those around me and train them to share as well.  They take God's word in their heart back home with them to hopefully develop leaders and missionaries who will be working for the cause of Christ where ever they go.

Not sure what you are thinking about right now but this is where my mind is at. Take a look at this picture and maybe it will fire you up for the cause of Christ and the call He gives in Matthew 28:18-20 - Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

God bless,

Zach & Heidi Beeler

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Momentum Student Leadership

19
February
2015

Camp Arrah WannaDear Ministry Partners,

On February 6-8 we had a blast serving with other Campus Ambassador staff in the Pacific North West at out annual Momentum retreat (Student Leadership retreat.) As some of you may remember in the newsletter Zach sent last year around this time, the purpose of this retreat is to equip students who are ready to take their next faith step in living an active faith (2 Timothy 2:2). The theme of Momentum this year was to know, live and share God's story. In a weekend we connected dots for students from Genesis to Revelation in such a way that is easily shareable. Our hopes in planning/creating the events was to lay the frame work of the Bible solidly so they can easily build off of it in conversation to share the gospel. We had times during the weekend for students to practice one on one and in groups how to share each part of the story. We pray they bring the story with them and share God's love and care for His people with their friends, roommates, and family.
 
Jar of SandWe had an activity at the end of one of the talks for each person to add sand to one large jar. You must be thinking - what does that have to do with anything? The sand was a representation of each of us as we are a part of the covenant that God made with Abraham. As we each poured a little sand in the jar at a time we remembered we are a part of His descendants as followers of Christ, as the church. "For You said,'I will surely prosper you and make your descendants as the sand of the sea, which is too great to be numbered." (Genesis 32:12)
 
Students placing CrossOne of the nights as we talked of Jesus death and resurrection, students were invited to lay their sins on the cross. They did this by writing on a small piece of paper and placing it on one of the small nails on the cross. The cross became full of papers. As the last students laid their sins on the cross, we gazed upon it remembering what He bore for us. Then the students watched as we lit the bottom paper and the rest went up in a flash (we used a special thin paper that was smokeless and ashless). All that was left was the untarnished cross, the sins gone. This was a very powerful, impactful moment for students to see a representation of our sins being wiped clean.
 
As we neared the end of the retreat, students were asked if they had ever heard the story all together like this before and at least 10 students had not (within that were several non believers.) We praise God that Zach and I could be a part of students gaining a greater understanding for the gospel and how and why it happened. We pray they will take this back to campus and be a light for Christ to those around them. We also heard from several students about what impacted them at retreat. Here is what some of the students said:

"We need to know the Bible and be able to express God's word in a variety of ways and at different speeds to others." - Ben T. H.

"God's teaching me to take responsibility, to not rebel, and to grow closer to people. Three days clean of sin and I'm taking baby steps towards the light and God's really teaching me." - Andy S.

"God is faithful, even when we are the worst of the worst. If you look at the whole Bible,(He's) always faithful." -Ben D. H.

Student ActivityIn Christ,

Zach and Heidi

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God's Providence

17
January
2015

Zach and HeidiIn life, God gives us opportunities to shine His light in the crevices into people's hearts.  It may be risky or discouraging sometimes to share but we all have the need inside of us for a loving God.  One of the main risk factors for American's to share the gospel is wanting acceptance, but in places like Saudi Arabia the risk is the difference between life and death. People lay down their life for Christ to live eternally with Him. Yet ultimately people are also choosing death each day as they ignore God.  When I'm on a campus, many times I look out at the crowd of students in the commons and wonder how many know of His love?  How many will I see in heaven?  God knows, and He leads us to the conversations to share His love.

In preparing for our next steps to Salem, Oregon, Zach and I have gotten to meet with some of you and hope to meet with all of you in the next months.  We are encouraged by you in the conversations we have had and press on to getting to be on campus sharing His light. 

In this process off campus we are seeing His providence daily as He provides and prepares us for the future.  We look forward to sharing stories with you on the blog as well as prayer requests.  Speaking of prayer requests, Campus Ambassadors in the North West is having a student leadership retreat called Momentum, it is from February 6-8.  Zach and I are on the planning committee for the retreat.  Please be praying that as we show students how to see the gospel in God's story woven through the whole Bible, they would have clear understanding, that they would come out of the retreat with three people to share the gospel with, and that more would be brought to God's kingdom as a result.     

Thank you for visiting our new website. Our hope is to use this site to communicate better with all the people who support our ministry to college students. On this website you will see regular blog posts, pictures of ministry activities, ways to contact us, links to support us, a biography on us, and links to information about Campus Ambassadors.

Keep checking back to see what updates in our lives on the website. We are looking forward to continuing to develop deeper relationships with all of you as we, together, bring the gospel to the world.

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