New Life Church was started by a team of six Michigan State University students in 1984. Since then, the church has grown from 20 attendees to more than 1,000 who worship at the campus ministry center near the heart of the University of Michigan's central campus. New Life hosts weekly services, leadership training ventures and yearly mission trips to international sites including Kenya, Thailand, and Latin American countries.
"During the years spent away from home at a university, it can be difficult for students to attend their home churches or to find a new place for worship in their college community," Rapin said. "Our goal at New Life is to provide a welcoming place on campus where students can maintain or build a foundation of faith that will last throughout their lives."
Though Rapin was raised Catholic and has always had a belief in God, a medical mission trip to Nigeria in 2009 turned into much more. "While in Africa the summer before my freshman year at the University of Michigan, I realized a true passion for the Lord and for spreading the Good News," Rapin said. "The trip changed my life." Rapin had originally planned on becoming a chiropractor upon graduation, but has instead committed his life to mentoring and reaching out to students as a campus missionary.
GCM, which has been in partnership with New Life Church since the beginning, was founded in 1989 as a mission-sending organization for a movement of university churches. It is a non-profit, non-denominational evangelical organization which partners with local churches and church networks in the U.S. and worldwide. The organization provides fundraising support, allowing missionaries to serve at New Life Church without needing to request financial support from student attendees.
"I believe God has called me to reach out to college students and share with them the Good News of Jesus Christ, to let them know there is a God who is real, who loves them and who wants to have a relationship with them," Rapin said.
If you would like to make a recurring or special gift to support the ministry that Jahred is involved in, please visit www.gcmweb.org/give and use ministry fund number 7417, or call 877.614.9700. Jahred Rapin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 989.239.6408.