It's crazy to think that January 2019 is already almost over! I'm blown away at how much fun our FOCUS Wintercamp was and how many students came. I am thankful that so many of you have been in prayer for us as a ministry in preparing for another wonderful spring semester.
This year for Wintercamp, we brought in Dr. John Stackhouse to speak with our students. Dr. Stackhouse is a professor who used to teach at Regent College and is a Canadian biblical scholar and writer. He spoke with our students on how they can confront the culture of their time & space while still maintaining Christian values and positions. He was very thought-provoking, insightful, and funny! I am grateful to the countless men & women across our globe who have done the difficult work of scholarship and reading to help all of us who follow Jesus to better grasp the gospel.
Many of our students are faced with decisions every day about how to interact with culture, ideas, and what their response should be. Often, it can be easy to dismiss it all and take a backseat to it all but Dr. Stackhouse did a great job at equipping and encouraging the students to step up and engage with the culture around them.
Our Richland FOCUS ministry began having evening services on Thursday nights (we're calling it "Thursday Night Thunder") - see photos below. We had our first meeting after wintercamp and we had more than 50 students show up! Praise God! Please keep praying for us as we prepare and
I hope that the pictures below are encouraging and a great reminder showing us what God is doing this semester! Thank you for your support!
|Our student monthly testimony for January! This testimony follows Nicole Jones, a junior involved in our Texas Women's University FOCUS ministry.|
|A nice picture of me (right) and my older brother, Menelik (left).|
|At Wintercamp, our students threw a 'Mexican Party' equipped with a Pinata and other festivities! It was a blast :) So many of our students really enjoyed their time together.|
|Tom and his wife, Kristi, came to join us at Wintercamp! Tom is a pastor on staff with CRU and has been a great resource to me & our Richland ministry the past couple of years. Sloan, my wife (far right) was also there! Cheers!|
|A photo of our entire FOCUS ministry @ Wintercamp! It was a joy to be a part of what God did that weekend!|
|When we got back from Wintercamp, we had our first Thursday Night Thunder @ Richland College! It was wonderful & great! We had around 50 students show up :)|
|So grateful for all of the students who came that night!|
|A photo of all of the students who came to our first Thursday Night Thunder! It was such a joy to be a part of a special kick-off to a great semester :)|
|I had the privilege and honor to help lead & facilitate worship for our first Thursday Night Thunder! We have our next one on 01/31 - so please be praying for us!|
|Thank you so much for your support and partnership for our FOCUS ministry! We are grateful for your partnership and support. None of this would be possible without you and your belief in making disciples on God's college campuses :) Thank you!!!|
|A photo of our Richland FOCUS ministry! So grateful for these students and their hearts. Our ministry has been a special place where they can know one another and build healthy friendships with each other. Thank you for your support!|
Thank you again for believing in what we're doing on God's college campuses. It means so much to me that you would support me through prayer and monthly donations. I'm honored to get to serve these students through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns that you may have!