Monday, March 2, 2015

February Update!

My friends!

I hope our short month of February left you feeling blessed and in awe of the many blessings we receive from our Lord. March is officially here so you know what that means: spring break, SSI week (students from Washington state coming down for a week of evangelism!), SICM preparations, and mid-terms for our students.

This month I have had some time to really be thankful for how God has blessed the UTD FOCUS leader team. Our students who serve on our team are so servant-minded and in tune with the needs of our campus. I remember back when our ministry was much smaller and wondering: how are we going to reach this campus with only 20 leaders? Then God gave us 30 leaders...then 40...and now as SICM approaches we may have even more this fall.

The way we select leaders is based on our F.A.I.T.H acronym (Faithful Available Initiating Teachable & Heart for God and others). When we select student leaders each year we ask ourselves if these students possess the said qualities. God continues to use the student-leaders in our ministry to impact and raise up future generations of students ready to impact God's campus for his mission. Please pray for our current student leaders; that they (and the staff) finish the year well!

Glenn, me, Jalen, and Ryan. These are just some of our student leaders (Jalen & Ryan. Glenn is on staff) who help impact our campus as UTD. 

We have had a little bit of difficult reserving rooms on campus this semester but we build a friendship with a woman named Betsy, who is a priest at a local Episcopalian church down the street from UTD and they said that we would meet there whenever we'd like to! Praise God!

We have been reading scripture together as a community on a consistent basis. Here is a shot of one of our Friday Night FOCUS gatherings.

Last week at FOCUS I got to preach on dating! It's such an important topic to cover with college students in making sure that we are constantly asking ourselves what it looks like to be like Jesus when the world has so many messages for us.

"Feed My Starving Children" is an non-profit christian organization that packages and sends meals to hungry children in third-world countries. As a UTD community, we got to attend one of their Saturday morning packing sessions and serve our brothers and sisters across the globe.

None of this would be possible without your support through monthly donations and prayers. I am blown away that I wake up every morning and get to serve Jesus on his college campuses. I promise that I will never take it for granted. I wish that you were all here with me every day ministering with the students, however, I know that through your support you are right alongside me as we are co-missionaries with and through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Please pray that God would continue to raise up his student leaders moving forward into the summer and next year - he's got big things planned!

Your campus missionary,