Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Happy Halloween & An Almost New Year :)

My friends! My people!

I can't believe we're in November already. October was a month full of energy and life-changing conversations with the many students on our campuses. Just yesterday I was talking with a student at Richland College who asked me, "What does it mean to be a Christian?" I said, "It means to follow Jesus and call him Lord." He said back to me, "I question the bible too much." "Would you like to study the bible together?" I asked. He said that he would consider it. Our college campuses are full of stories like this one - students ready and eager to learn more about our Lord and experience what it means to trust and follow Christ.

I posted many pictures that sum up what the last month has looked like. In these pictures you'll find our UTD large group gatherings, our Richland group meetings, our (2nd Place!!) UTD FOCUS Flag Football Team, an outreach day we had at Richland, our UTD men's leader team strategizing final plans for camp, and a selfie of our Richland FOCUS students. I hope that these pictures encourage and remind you of how faithful our God is and what your support is going towards. I am so thankful for each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart.

One of our UTD FOCUS large group fellowships during October. 

During Richland FOCUS we've been discussing the Beatitudes (Matthew 5) and our students are broken up into small groups discussing Jesus' teachings!

Our FOCUS Flag Football Team! They made it all the way to the finals and lost to the UTD baseball team; they were composed and show Christ continually on and off the field.

At Richland College they had a take-a-break-from-midterms event outside in the heat but it was great! We met a ton of students had a few show up to our FOCUS meeting & core. 

Our UTD male leader team planning through the different events we have coming up and talking through how we can best minister to our small groups. These guys have done such a great job this year spending 1 on 1 time with students and being faithful tools for God to use on campus at UTD.

Our Richland FOCUS group! We have such a diverse group of students that love each other and are committed to learning about Jesus on campus. 

We did an outreach event on campus at Richland and our interns did such a great job setting it up and talking to/meeting students. Students walking by were encouraged to write down who Jesus is to them and it opened the door for many uplifting conversations to happen!

Throughout the day of outreach we had over 50 students stop by, look at our board(s), and be engaged by some of our FOCUS students. This was such a success that the office of student life said we are welcomed to continue having outreach events on campus! God has been opening up so many doors.

Once again, none of this is possible without partners like you all who are committed to bringing God's kingdom to his college campuses. Please continue to pray for us as we move into the holiday season. There are many students who do not have healthy family lives and we are going to try hard to make them feel loved and wanted as the holiday season approaches.

Thank you all again for your support and commitment to campus missions. God isn't finished here yet and I mean it when I say: we're just getting started!

Please don't hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can be praying for you about in your own life!

You campus missionary,