Marianne Smith

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TCC Background:  Marianne has been a TCC supported missionary since 2004 and active with the Women’s Bible Study for many years.

What is your ministry? 

Campus Staff member with InterVarsity, planting new chapters and evangelism.

What is your role in that ministry?

Lead students and mentor growth in faith and integration of study/work with faith.  Develop witnessing communities on campus and train student leaders toward mission on campus and a lifestyle of integrated faith and profession for the future (whole life transformation)

What religious groups do you serve?

Students at colleges and universities which have about 45% international students.

What age groups do you serve?

18+

What is the country and location of your ministry?

USA

What is the geographic area you serve?

New England.

Briefly describe you current ministry

I am part of a seven-member team serving graduate students and faculty in the Boston area for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.  We are on 9 university campuses including Harvard, MIT, Brandeis, Babson, BU, Tufts, Northeastern, and Boston College.  Our vision is to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed and world changers developed.  We work towards whole life conversion for graduate students and faculty.  Not only do we want students to meet Christ, but we want to see lives transformed over a lifetime and for students to discover their place in the story of God and understand their calling into the Kingdom of God.  We want them to discover how their faith infuses life and vision into their professional calling.  In the Boston area, we work primarily with international students.

Tell us one brief story of how God is working in peoples’ lives through your ministry.

This year, I was invited to become an evangelism champion with InterVarsity.  There is one person per region invited to become a champion.  As a team spanning the country, we are working to strategize innovate and test new evangelism strategies that can work best campus with this generation of students.  As a result, our most recent annual field reporting shows that we have seen the most number of students come to faith in our history as a movement.  It is an honor to be a part of this team and as a result, my area team partners and students on all campuses have the advantage of participating in some of our best learning around evangelism.

List the three specific goals you had for the past year and describe the degree to which they were reached

At Babson College, we started a group called Common Ground.  With this group we are reaching out through seeker-dinners, contemporary worship evenings, a reflective retreat, and weekly meetings that are open to seekers and believers together.  Through this we have welcomed many students to explore Christian faith during their time in business school who did not anticipate this could be possible.

At Boston College, hundreds of students have received gift bags as welcome and invitations to an investigative bible study and also as relief and prayer for the intensity of exam periods.  Out of this about 12 students met regularly for an investigative bible study.

At both MIT and Brandeis, student leaders were trained in our “5 Thresholds” material which helps students notice where their friends are on their journey of faith and how they can appropriately earn trust and be most effective in leading their friends to Jesus.

Last year at Brandeis I hosted a science and faith conversation in which the majority of attendees were seekers and the conversation helped students grow towards Christian faith.

Please update your children’s (thru High School) activities, school / college plans, ages (birth dates), etc.  

My husband Wade works for Trader Joes.  My daughter began medical school in July, and my son JJ recently graduated from Bentley and is living with us while he studies for professional exams prior to starting work in the next few months.

Thank you and God bless you.