These last few weeks have been absolutely crazy! Crazy in the "I can't believe there is so much to do that I never knew ever got done," kind of way. So far in the internship I have (very humbly) learned that ministry has so many tasks that are overlooked but are sometimes the most necessary to ensure that an ministry is successful.
Inputing student information into a google doc, filling up coolers with lemonade and water, hanging banners around campus, bringing trash cans (and picking up leftover trash), passing baskets during large group, printing sign-up sheets, hosting events, planning events, and many other tasks that God still wants to show me the importance of, are all ministry. Ministry is done when no one is looking and you're all by yourself knowing that only God is watching. We work hard because we serve a God who worked hard. He didn't take the easy way out or find a shortcut.
I love campus ministry because there are no shortcuts if you're doing it right. Meeting students during such an important time in their life offers no shortcut to impacting them for Christ. We choose to be disciples and head straightforward into their lives ready for what God is already doing in there. It's the way Jesus did it. We are not dependent on a method or a formula when discipleship is involved - only the spirit. We depend on him because we know his power.
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses..." Acts 1:8
(Our large group meeting on 09/07/12. We are having more students show up than ever before at UT Dallas FOCUS. Please pray that all of these students would be met and be befriended within our ministry)
This year is already flying by and I am pumped for what God has in store for FOCUS at UT Dallas, Collin College, U. of North Texas, and Richland College. Thank you for your support and I would not be able to be spending a year of my life doing campus ministry if it wasn't for you deciding to be a part of what God is doing here at UT Dallas.
Your campus missionary,