Mr. Drew Smith

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Name
Mr. Drew Smith
Church Info
Home Church Address
Christ Church of Austin
112 Medina
Austin, TX 78702
United States
Church Website URL
Organization
Organization Name
InterVarsity
Type of Organization
Non Profit
Your Position/Title within your Organization
Regional Missions Coordinator
Organization Address
635 Science Dr
Madison, TX 53707
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
Community Development
Education
Human Trafficking
Hunger/Food Justice
Immigration
Racial Reconciliation
Youth Development/At-risk Youth
Organization Email
info@intervarsity.org
Description of Organization
InterVarsity is primarily a mission to our nation's universities and colleges. I represent the part of our work that trains students in serving cross-culturally, equips them with a kingdom worldview, and grows their love for God's purposes in the world.
Organization Years In Operation
60
Does your ministry offer internships?
No.
Strengths of Organization
Wholistic gospel. Multi-ethnic participants. Our alumni serve the poor and neglected in a wide variety of ways and with a variety of organizations.
Background
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Part Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
3.00
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
Through InterVarsity, I've received training through our Student Training in Missions, Global Urban Trek, and Urban programs.
What are your primary concerns for the ministry?
Discipling students in the way of Jesus so they can be healthy, lifelong participants in his mission.
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
My work is at the edges of the core purpose of InterVarsity.
What gives you the greatest joy?
Seeing connections that can only happen because of Jesus.
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
Prayer retreats, praying the hours, prayer walks, simplicity
What would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to know about your ministry?
As far as denominations and campus ministries go, there's a lot of overlap with InterVarsity and Anglicans in values and worldview.
How would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to grow in regards to justice and mercy issues?
To see us serving in justice and mercy not as that extra thing you get to when you took care of everything else, but as crucial for our own spiritual health and identification with Jesus.
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
Following Jesus through the eye of the needle.
What are your favorite movies related to justice and mercy issues?
Crash
What are your favorite websites/organizations related to justice and mercy issues?
NA
Anything else you would wish us to know?
Can't think of anything :)
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
How to suspend judgment and work hard at seeing the world through another's point-of-view. That good intentions don't always yield good outcomes. That it's a mercy to US when Jesus invites us into this work.
What would you like to see happen in ACNA in regards to work of justice and mercy?
Greater ethnic and socioeconomic diversity in our parishes. A more public voice in the national conversation regarding racial justice.
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
I've been a part of InterVarsity for 20 years now, and you'd be hard pressed to be around that long and not have a lot of opportunity to grow in loving God's heart for justice and mercy. One key part of that journey was in 2003 when I went to Manila with an InterVarsity Global Urban Trek. There, I was mentored by two Filipino pastors who were serving in the slums. Since then, I've had a lot of great friendships with men and women who walk alongside Jesus in loving the marginalized and lifting them up. They've shown me a bit of the joy and pain and Godliness involved in seeing God's image in all of his sons and daughters.