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Give Me the Hill Country

So now give me this hill country of which the Lord spoke on that day, for you heard on that day how the Anakim were there, with great fortified cities. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall drive them out just as the Lord said. Joshua 14:12 (ESV)

The university campus has become like the “great fortified cities” during the days of Caleb. At the later stages of the life of Caleb, as Israel was entering the Promised Land to possess it, Caleb put in his claim for his promised share of the land. He wanted the difficult task. He wanted the harder road. He wanted a new challenge, even in his older age. He wanted to take the great, fortified cities of the hill country.

For over 30 years Cara and I were personally engaged in ministry to undergraduate students. It was a very full, rewarding, and fruitful time of ministry, and at times challenging. But the Lord turned the page and closed one chapter of our lives to begin another. We were ready for a new challenge. Now we are fully engaged in ministry with university professors. We don’t have much “competition.” On a typical college campus there are many ministries to students, but very few are fully focused on professors. In the USA there are about 1.54 million professors. It is a virtually untouched part of the Great Commission on the college campus. We have loved being able to minister to professors.

Imagine the impact if every campus had a group of faculty who loved the Lord and desired to walk with Him! Faculty can make a tremendous impact on the lives of students and the university campus. Many of the earliest universities in America were founded as religious institutions to train students and clergy. Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Dartmouth were all founded by Christians with a spiritual purpose in mind. Many have drifted far from that original purpose. Our hope, prayer, and desire is that God would raise up a new generation of Christian professors that would make a tremendous impact for Christ.

Pray for Cara and I as we work with faculty at ETSU and beyond. We need your prayers. The ground can seem hard at times, but God has His chosen servants in every location. Pray for wisdom, discernment, and direction as we bring the gospel to this segment of the Great Commission.

If you are a university professor, we’d love to meet with you and get to know you. Send Cara or me an email and we will get in touch.

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Earle & Cara Chute


Earle and Cara Chute are long-time Outreach Partners of GFC, and Earle also serves as an elder at GFC. Stop by their café information table this Sunday, January 28 after the services to meet them and learn more about what they do.

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