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Help Reach Students in the Chicago Area

Story of Life Change

Luke Considers the Meaning of Life

For the entire fall semester, Elizabeth prayed for her friend Luke to know Jesus. At the beginning of this year, she gathered the courage to invite him to come to a club meeting on the topic "What gives life meaning?"

As soon as Elizabeth invited Luke to come, he surprised her by saying, “Wow, I didn’t know this club was going on. I'll come to your weekly club meetings for the rest of the semester!”

Luke came to the first meeting and even stayed on the Zoom call for 45 extra minutes, continuing to chat with Elizabeth about the meaning of life and the gospel. Would you pray for Luke and the many students like him who are considering such essential questions about life and the gospel? Pray that, through these questions, they would discover Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).

Chicago Ministry Update

100 Students Reaching 40 Schools
  • Students leading 42 Meant for More Bible Studies. Through this study, students learn and review the gospel, in addition to how and why we should share the gospel. They also take NSP's Pray 5 Challenge and begin praying for 5 unsaved friends to know Christ. The Bible studies are spreading like wildfire at Wheaton North HS and Willowbrook High School, especially.
  • Students are engaging in one-on-one Bible studies with their friends. Students at Lockport High School are dreaming up a "Meant for More" podcast for other Christian clubs. And students in Minnesota are launching the Meant for More Campaign in their state for the very first time!
  • 4 Student Ambassadors leading the way in Chicago.This is a new role we've launched this year, inviting students to take larger roles in reaching their city and staff. They receive extra coaching from our NSP staff and are encouraged to recruit and inspire students from their community to join the movement.
  • Students employing gospel surveys to spark conversations with peers: Our IL team has been equipping students to use gospel surveys at their schools as a way of sparking conversations about Jesus and inviting their peers to church. Xavier, a student from Ohio being coached by our IL team, sent the gospel survey to all 1,200 students at his school. Over 150 students responded from varying backgrounds of Wicca, Satanism, atheism, and more. 41 students indicated interest in coming to church or a club, and wanting to talk more about Jesus!

"Students are hungry for hope, and with over 160 high schools in Cook County alone, there is a great opportunity!" says Jon Cox, NSP's Illinois State Director. "Pray that God would open the door to schools, and that churches would continue to rise up and shine the light of Christ into schools!"

For a more complete view of our impact in Chicago, check out the map above!
We are currently coaching students from the schools marked in yellow, and praying about coaching students from the ones in blue.

2021 Goals & Prayer Requests

Please join us in praying over these goals for our Illinois team this upcoming year.
"This year, we launched a new role for students called 'Student Ambassador'. It's for students who want to have a bigger impact at their school and even other schools. One such student is named Jonah.

'I want to do the [thing] that gets the Good News out the most. Maybe that means thinking creatively about communicating the gospel to my state… Establishing a network between churches and organizations in order to create a firm foundation of resources.” - Jonah, a Meant for More Student Leader

Please pray for Jonah and other students who are taking a stand to reach not only their campus, but dreaming about how to reach every student in IL."

Please also pray specifically for the Christian students at Brogan High School as they pray about starting the first Christian club at their school!

Meet the Team

These NSP staff members are faithfully leading the mission in Illinois. Click on the buttons below to learn more about them or make a special donation to their staff fund!
Jon Cox
Illinois State Director
Heather Barnes
Special Projects Director
Matt Lohse
Wheaton Chapter Director
Kathy Craig
Regional Campaign Coordinator
Jonathan Cordova
MBI Chapter Director


Help Reach Students in the Chicago Area