TCC Background: David has been a TCC supported missionary since 2014 He is with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and was nurtured thru TCC Youth Groups. His parents are TCC members Jim & Robin Spinale.
What is your ministry?
I am on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship planting new chapters in the Manchester, NH area.
What is your role in that ministry?
Develop witnessing communities on campus and train student leaders toward mission on campus and a lifestyle of integrated faith – Training college students to reach other students – Disciples making disciples.
What religious groups do you serve?
Christians, Un-churched cultural Christians, Atheists and anyone willing to talk about Jesus.
What age groups do you serve?
18+ (College / University students)
What is the country and location of your ministry?
What is the geographic area you serve?
New England – New Hampshire
Briefly describe your current ministry
The vision for InterVarsity in Southern New Hampshire is to advance the kingdom through whole life conversion; seeing students move from cynic to seeker to believer to leader to world changer. We want to see students commit their lives completely to Christ while walking with each other and boldly sharing the gospel with others on campus.
We do this through bible studies, leadership development, evangelism, retreats and conferences and community events. My role on campus (SNHU, UNH-M, Rivier and Saint Anselm) is to disciple and mentor Christian student to grow in their faith, share their faith and provide nonbelievers with opportunities to come to faith.
A huge part of InterVarsity’s strategy (and my own) is to equip Christian students to be doing ministry. What this looks like is training them to share the gospel with those that don’t know it and equip them to disciple and mentor younger students to be doing the same. Hopefully, student leaders can at some point be a leader of leaders where students are pouring into other students.
Tell us one brief story of how God is working in peoples’ lives through your ministry.
4 weeks before the end of the 2017 spring semester, SNHU hosted a BBQ and asked some clubs to come and give things away. We were one of those clubs. At the BBQ we met a student named Megan. She was a Sophomore at SNHU and I could tell there was some definite interest as she approached the table. She asked to get involved so the next week her, one other student and I sat down for a short bible study. I had originally canceled the study because I was away the whole day but found out she could make it so decided I’d meet with her and the other student. At this bible study she said that some things in her life weren’t going great and she figured she’d try out religion. She was raised Catholic but wasn’t practicing. The following week was the last bible study of the year. Including Megan, we had about 10 students there. We had been walking through John all semester and because it was the last study of the year I wanted to give something along the lines of a call to faith. Through the bible study I shared the gospel with our group and invited students to respond, one response for Christians and another for nonbelievers. Megan responded and said that she wanted to start a relationship with Jesus. The whole group was amazed and we prayed over her and for her with the rest of our time.
It was amazing to see God’s faithfulness and not being constrained by time or the semester like we were. It also opened some student’s eyes to see that people on campus do desire to know the Lord; we just need to be bold. Since then, the whole ministry has transformed! That’s a much bigger story and is still ongoing but God used that moment as an onramp for us that is bearing more fruit now.
List the three specific goals you had for the past year and describe the degree to which they were reached
I forget the specific numbers but I was hoping for a core team of committed leaders, student led bible studies and to see student’s come to faith. We currently have 4 amazing student leaders, 3 student led bible studies (working on a 4th), saw Megan come to faith as well as engaging far more students on campus as we train and equip Christian students to reach their friends. God is on the move!
Please update your children’s (thru High School) activities, school / college plans, ages (birth dates), etc.
Lindsay is doing well. The health care industry can be really hectic and hard sometimes largely because people don’t like to work together. But within the field it’s really important for all the moving parts to work together. So Lindsay often experiences difficulty with coworkers so please be praying that she can be a peace maker and that things would get easier for her to do her work well.
She’s also going to Houston next week with our church on a relief service trip. I unfortunately can’t go but she is really excited! Pray for protection and that she can serve well.