Wednesday, January 9, 2019

2018 Has Come To a Close! So thankful!

My friends! My team! How are things?!

It's crazy to think that 2019 has arrived and that 2018 is over. Fall 2018 was full of encouraging stories and examples of God's faithfulness. God always provides and takes care of his people. I know that firsthand through an experience I had at the beginning of 2019. On the way to staff retreat last week I was involved in a car accident and my car was totaled (pictures below). I am grateful that nobody was injured and that the cars on the road were driving more slowly than usual due to the weather and road conditions. The accident could have been very bad, however, everyone is fine and I am currently car shopping! If you know of any good deals in the Dallas area, please send them my way!

Thank you so much for your support and partnership. Our staff is geared up and ready for our annual FOCUS Wintercamp coming up next week. Our students are excited and have been preparing all year for this. Please be praying for God to move faithfully in touching our students' lives. Wintercamp is always a special time of the year. I remember when I was a student how special it was to get to be with other college students and worship God together at Wintercamp. Please be praying for our many student leaders as they invite the students in their core to wintercamp, that God would provide the finances for all students to get to attend wintercamp (we never want money to be a reason why students don't attend camp), and for safe travels!

Thank you for your support and I hope that the below pictures are encouraging to you! I cannot do any of this without you. I'm grateful for what God did through your partnership for the Fall 2018 semester and look forward to what the spring holds!

Joey, me, Casey, and Ben! I love getting to spend time with these guys every Wednesday to talk through different ways that we can serve & bless the students around us.

My wife and I celebrated our first Christmas together! 

Our Richland FOCUS Christmas party! It was a huge success and our students had a great time :)

Another picture of our Richland FOCUS Christmas party! 

For our Christmas party, we brought in past alum of Richland FOCUS and they did a great job introducing and celebrating the student leaders in our group. It was a blast! This is a picture shortly before they announced the winner of our core performance competition!

Our Richland FOCUS Leadership Team! So thankful for these students :)

Our end-of-the-year FOCUS lunch that we shared together! We spent time sharing how we've seen the people around us go 'all in' for God this year and it was so special to hear from the different people.

Another picture of our group that came to our Richland FOCUS end-of-the-year party!

I got to spend time with Roy (center) and Valentine (right) throughout the fall semester. Roy is an international student from Mexico who attended Richland College in the fall. He decided to follow Jesus and has been a consistent part of our ministry. I'm grateful for him and his time here in America. Valentine has also been such a good influence on Roy and they have become the best of friends. We'll miss you Roy!

Here is a picture of Roy trying to take a picture with Valentine.

I got to attend one (of many) of Sloan's family Christmas events! It was so fun getting to experience what she has a part of her life every year. I enjoyed our time together!

Thank you so much for your support and partnership over the years. I hope that 2019 is full of God's provision and awakening in your lives. I am grateful that you would be a part of my team and that you continually are side-by-side with me on campus as we make disciples for God's glory.

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

Your brother & campus missionary,


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