CEDARVILLE — Making an impact in the lives of residents in Springfield, Cedarville University students are partnering with Changing Lives Now Ministry.
Changing Lives Now is an urban evangelism ministry in Springfield. The students and ministry leaders meet every Friday night to focus on prayer and evangelism.
“Changing Lives Now is the type of outreach that engages lost and hurting people with the gospel,” said Keith Holcomb, assistant director for global outreach. “This is our calling for the rest of our lives. We desire to help people in Springfield through their difficulties.”
The students, for safety reasons, work in groups when visiting homeless shelters and gas stations, or when they’re walking the streets and talking with people. Students are pushed outside their comfort zones, but, as student leader David Elgersma puts it, “the beauty is that our reward is much greater than the risks we face.”
Elgersma has seen this ministry make an impact on the community because of students’ dedication, consistency and attitudes.
“The best thing about this ministry is its impact on not only the people who we minister to but also the students who go out and minister,” Elgersma said. “It’s really a two-way ministry in that regard.”