Jesus’ mission carries on in the life of a student beyond graduation. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year, we’re catching up with some of our alumni and celebrating how they are living lives on mission as they continue to follow Jesus.
Growing up in Germany, Falk could never have anticipated how much his life would change when he accepted Christ in university and then transferred to study in Canada at the University of Guelph. Our National Director Sean Cullen remembers the moment when Falk first walked up to their Power to Change table in the student center:
“He walked up to me, put his hands on the table, leaned in, and said ‘I’m looking for a Christian group with purpose. I’ve just become a Christian and want to live for Jesus.’”
Sean, a student leader at the time, took Falk under his wing and a great friendship was born. Moving to Canada was Falk’s first opportunity to get involved with a Christian group. Power to Change provided a place for him to develop friendships and live out his faith.
Sean sat down with Falk and Graham Watt (the campus director at the time, now the Director of Power to Change’s Creative Communications department) to talk about how he could live out his faith on campus. As an international student himself, Falk caught a vision for reaching out to other international students on his campus.
What if every international student had access to the Jesus Film in their native language and got to hear the gospel? How would that impact the campus and the world for eternity? Falk decided he was up for the challenge. He befriended some international students and gave out as many Jesus Films as he could. During his 1 year at the University of Guelph, he shared with Graham and Sean that he had connected with a few hundred international students. Not only had he met them, he also had the opportunity to share the Jesus Film and have a gospel conversation with each one.
Students at the University of Guelph decided to pray every morning at 7:30 am for their campus, friends, and the world. Falk jumped in, got involved, and faithfully was part of those prayer meetings. Together, these students saw God do amazing works in their lives and the lives of students around them. The legacy of these morning prayer meetings is seen even today as students continue to gather almost 20 years later.
The small steps of faith, obedience, and yielding to the Holy Spirit each day multiplied over time. Not only was Falk faithfully sharing his faith and growing as a Christian, but he was investing in his studies and graduated top of his engineering class. He was motivated to both live for Jesus and steward his education well.
After returning to Germany, he got involved at the church where he first heard about Jesus several years before. He eventually became the senior pastor and started reaching out to many students at the University of Freiburg, which was near the church. He saw many of these students come to faith.
“In my involvement with Power to Change I caught the vision that God had to reach the whole world.”Falk
One of those students who came to faith at the University of Freiburg was a young woman who Falk would one day baptize. She grew in her faith and now serves as the Associate National Director of Campus Crusade in Germany. Falk now serves with a missions organization, preparing missionaries to be sent to the most challenging places in the world to minister the gospel.
What is the impact of one life? Falk’s story is an example of how humbly, daily, and faithfully walking with Jesus can result in a multiplied impact.
It shows up in the sacrifice and humble leadership required to pastor a church and prepare missionaries to take the love of Jesus to the world.
It’s in the passion to continue ministering to students in Germany.
It’s in the willingness and care required to connect with each and every one of those international students.
It’s in the discipline to show up at those 7:30am prayer meetings.
For all of us, our impact begins in daily surrender to the God who is faithful to walk with us anywhere and everywhere he leads.