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Through SBC Campus Ministry And Cooperation

Two years ago Maarten van Gestel accepted an invitation to do a semester of doctoral research in physics at the State University of New York (SUNY)-Albany. He accepted the invitation hoping someone in America could help him know God. He had failed to find anyone in his Netherlands homeland who could explain the Bible to him.

Days after he arrived, Maarten heard about a weekly Bible study in the Physics Doctoral Studies department led by the Southern Baptist campus minister who was also the pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church, a local SBC church. For the few months he was in Albany, Maarten seized every opportunity on campus and at church to study God's Word. Through the cooperative outreach of the campus ministry and the church, Maarten received Jesus as Lord and was baptized at Crossroads on the Sunday before he returned to the Netherlands. The pastor of Crossroads then put Maarten in touch with the IMB missionary who serves as pastor of the International Baptist Church in Ma...