Damian Santiago is a second year Mission Leader, serving in St. Paul, MN at the University of St. Thomas (UST). He and fellow Mission Leader Tom Kasza lead a Men’s Household and, along with two other Mission Leaders, help bring Christ to UST’s campus. Ah, Minnesota. Sports and shopping fans out there know very well that Minnesota is rich in media and pop culture. The Timberwolves, Vikings, Twins, and the largest mall in America are all signs of this; along with giving rise to famous artists such as Bob Dylan, the Artist Formerly known as Prince, and Soul Asylum. But, when it comes to faith, what does Minnesota have to show for itself? How about the birth place of the organization we have come to love: St. Paul’s Outreach. SPO originated and took its first roots where I serve as a Mission Leader at the University of St. Thomas (named after St. Thomas Aquinas) and now the Lord has extended SPO’s branches throughout the nation.
Here in Minnesota, the temperature is close to freezing and snow is blanketing many road signs and cars, but the work of our ministry continues to grow and flourish. It is said that with every difficulty comes opportunities, and so far this has proven to be true. The change in weather is seen as opportunities to evangelize through giant games of snow ball fights, skiing, sledding, and many house warming (pun!) parties. There, we invite students into a Christian community and allow them to encounter the Lord Jesus himself. In December, we’ll host our annual Coffee House here in Minnesota for those talented student musicians who have not quite landed on the road to fame, but are looking for a little spotlight to get their careers off the ground…or at least to get some practice. Events such as this are engineered to help us cultivate relationships with students and show them what a Christian community looks like. Our hope is that through our example and love, they come to know the LORD Jesus himself. The LORD is about a great work here in Minnesota and I am so blessed to be a part of it! Thank you to all those who labor in God’s vineyard and thank you to those who assist with prayers, financial support, and time; we couldn’t do this without you! Please pray for us as we continue to lead these students into a deeper relationship with the LORD and bring the Gospel of Christ to campus!
-submitted by Damian Santiago, UST Mission Leader