Monday, September 3, 2018

We're Off To A Great Start! (So Many New Students) :)

Hello! My friends! 

How are you?! How was your August?

I can't believe that we're already in September! August was a month full of meeting new students, welcome week events, late night ultimate frisbee, and bringing in a new leadership team (this all happening on all of our FOCUS campuses!). I'm honored that I get to serve alongside you all on God's college campuses. As I meet new students and get to know them I am confident that God will continue to do the work that he has initiated in his creation: drawing hearts back to him. 

These new students are fun, loud, excited, and open! I don't think there's been another year that I've seen so many students excited for friendship. It truly is a gift and a joy to be a part of. Thank you for your support and for believing in our mission.

At Richland FOCUS this will be our biggest year yet! We have 5 cores (2 men's and 3 women's core bible studies)! I can't believe it. This group of student leaders that we have are so amazing. I am excited and encouraged every time I get a chance to talk with them. We had our Richland leader team prep day a couple of weeks ago and, let me tell you, THEY ARE EXCITED! 

My role is going to be transitioning into more of a supervisor & teacher to our ministry and I'm focusing a lot more on leadership development in our student leaders. I am sure that I will be doing some 1 on 1 bible studies and outreach, but God is definitely stretching me and pushing me into a new season of campus ministry. Our Richland FOCUS ministry has traditionally had anywhere from 10-12 students generally involved in our group but this year our leadership team is 11 students (not mentioning the several other students who are returning this year to be a positive influence in our ministry!).

Please be praying for our ministry as God leads us and shows us what his will for our lives are. I believe that he will do great things this year on his campus and I'm honored to have you all on my team! Enjoy the pictures below :)

Kiden, one of our student leaders, decided to get baptized and dedicated her life to Jesus. So good!
Every year, we have a United Worship event at UT Dallas. All of the campus ministries come together to worship as one before the school year starts. The week before, students are already moving in and it's a great way to plug students in to the campus and what we've got going on. 

A picture of our United Worship event!

Our student leader corefa prep day! These students did such a great job welcoming one another and learning what it's going to take this year to have an effective year as a leader. We strongly believe in leader development and are so thankful for these students!

Another picture of our corefa prep day!

A picture of our Richland students together after Kiden got baptized!

For Welcome week @ Richland this year, we set up a volleyball net in the middle of campus to attract students and meet them. It was so good and we met so many students!

Another picture of our Richland welcome week!

A picture of our Friday Night Fellowship @ UT Dallas!

All of the campus pastors from all of the different campus ministries at UT Dallas! So good to have all of them together to fellowship, pray, and think about new ways to serve & bless the campus!

Thank you all so much for believing in us! We couldn't do any of this without you. I truly am honored to have you a part of my team.  Please don't hesitate to let me know if you need prayer or would like to catch up. 

More updates to come :) and Thank you!!

Your brother & campus missionary,