July 24th: Jamie Limato, Norfolk Virginia
Jessie was a senior at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA, when she first heard about Catalyst Church. It wasn’t the on-campus Bible study that caught her attention or the deep-fried Oreos that Catalyst offered at the football games. It was her sister, a student at neighboring Old Dominion University, who had gotten plugged in at Aletheia in Norfolk, VA, years earlier and had heard about Catalyst Church from her pastor, Jamie Limato. Some two years later, Jessie joined a group of volunteers to provide childcare for a night of worship at Missio Dei, a soon-to-be-launched church plant targeting Norfolk State University.
Aletheia Norfolk at ODU connected a student to Catalyst Church at CNU in Newport News who, in turn, became a regular volunteer for the preview services of Missio Dei at NSU. Students just like Jessie are being won, baptized, discipled, and sent out. Jessie is now a community group leader at Catalyst Church and is currently helping disciple others who are wrestling with who Jesus is and whether He should impact their lives.
Let’s pray today that God will bless the work of collegiate church planters like Jamie Limato and raise up many more planters to spread the Gospel on college campuses throughout North America.