Fall quarter 2011 was the first quarter serving full-time with the Bruin ICA servant’s team. I had previously spent most of the time serving on the ULC council and helping out whenever I could with ICA. Serving with ICA has been totally different than serving at ULC and I believe it can be summed up with a passage in Acts 6:1-6

Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.

At ULC, the council’s duty was to manage the church, which is exactly what a council should be doing. Serving at ICA has been a very different experience. Instead of “serving tables”, I’ve been put in a role where I am able to preach the word of God. Now I’m not saying that one position is better than another; both are necessary to help maintain the body. I’m just saying that being a disciple maker is very different than anything I’ve ever done before. Thankfully, V-SET helped a lot!

This year I’ve been thankful to be leading an investigative bible study with Mark at Dykstra and De Neve. The first couple of weeks we spent most of the nights in the dorms visiting contacts from the enormous activities fair and asking people if they are interested in bible study. It’s funny because I don’t think any of the people in our bible study right now came from the activities fair, but just through knocking on doors throughout the dorms. Thankfully, God allowed us to meet people that we could serve and reach out to. I still remember the first day we went dorming on Dykstra 10 where we first met Elliser and Xiao. Throughout the rest of the week we continued to go down the building where we met Andrew. We would occasionally go into the De Neve buildings and dorm. We even had a pretty good game night at Evergreen but didn’t do a good job following up afterwards. Thankfully we met Andy on that floor, even though he didn’t come to the game night, and he eventually invited his friend Philip to bible study. I see Mark and I as very lucky being assigned Dykstra since that’s where a lot of the UCLA freshmen are and the majority of them are very friendly and sociable.

Once classes started picking up and bible studies started, we stopped dorming but we had only hit the top half of Dykstra and half of the De Neve buildings. Mark and I wanted to some more recruiting but we simply did not have enough time. Once our bible studies settled down, we had five consistent attendees: Andrew, Andy, Josh, Phillip, Xiao. Elliser came to bible studies a few times but goes to GOC small group during that time. Thankfully he has been very consistent coming out to our ICA rallies. We have a very unique set of guys in our small group and it’s a good challenge serving them in their own different ways. Thanks to Josh and his extra swipes, we have been able to start weekly dorm dinners with our small group and later expand to a larger ICA dorm dinner near the end of the quarter. These dorm dinners have been very beneficial because it gives us a lot of time to hang out with the guys and to get to know them better. It helped me to see them more as friends, not just contacts.

The bible studies themselves went alright. There were a couple of times where Mark and I didn’t really prepare so it turned out unorganized, but we quickly learned our lesson. There were some awkward silences when everyone was tired and not really in the mood to share, but overall I’m thankful to how much the Word of God is speaking to them. All of them have really good things to share and their questions and insights are very thought provoking. We’ve gotten through 6 of the 7 miracles of John during fall quarter so I plan on finishing the 7th miracle early in the winter. I have no idea what we’ll be doing afterwards though. We do plan to meet up with the guys one on one starting next quarter and continue to bring them up in the faith.