Posted on 05/17/2018 by Darren Casper
About a year ago or so, Kale Uzzle was working for a fantastic ministry to college students. I have known Kale for several years as our wives have served in SLPS together and we have collaborated on some ministry projects. Then a little over a year ago, we worked out a partnership arrangement with Mission St. Louis and our state convention to bring Kale on the team. It’s worked out so well. Kale is smart; he is a hard worker, loves God and loves people. Back in late fall, Kale led several of us prayer walking on different college campuses throughout the metro. We share the same passion to see not just a collective number of different independent churches, but to see God build a team of pastors, planters, worship leaders, student leaders, layman and others into a team of Kingdom thinking missionaries for St. Louis.
I was so excited to hear this week about a new Gospel preaching point that’s developed through Kale’s leadership in partnership with Doug Inman at First Ferguson. Here are Kale’s words about this new thing God is doing.
“I’ve been praying for almost a year now for the Lord to bring a partner church alongside me in planting a new ministry on the ground at UMSL that would be rooted in a local congregation. Last fall, I connected with Doug Inman, the youth pastor at FBC Ferguson, just a few miles up the road from UMSL. We met again in the spring and began to pray together about planting a new ministry on campus.
Over Spring Break, the Missouri Baptist Convention and the North American Mission Board collectively sent three teams of college students from Kansas City, South Carolina and Kentucky to help us collect interested contacts on campus. They collected over 70 contact cards and shared the Gospel with dozens of students. 27 of those students marked that they were interested in finding a Christian community on campus.
In early May, Doug and I invited those 27 students to come to an info session about our new ministry, The Union. Six students came, with four telling us they wanted to join but couldn’t make the meeting. So far, five students have committed to an eight-week discipleship group meeting in June and July.
Our prayer is that these students will make up the core team of a brand new Gospel-centered campus ministry firmly rooted in one of our local association churches. My big dream is that one of our churches would adopt every single campus in Saint Louis with the same goal in mind.”
We know you must also find that encouraging as we do and wanted to share!