Monday, April 8, 2019

The End of the Year is Upon us!

My friends! How are things? 

I hope that you had a great month of March and that you weren't pranked on too hard for April fools. What an interesting holiday/celebration. I've never been too good at pranking people. I do remember when I was in middle school I used to think that 'April fools day' was such an important, special time of the year but now that I'm older I see that, yep, it still is :) - just as long as I'm not getting pranked. 

Thank you so much for your support and partnership with me in our ministry. We had our first meeting with the incoming apprentices last week and I get to serve as a fundraising coach to them as they enter the fundraising season for the first time! Many of my coaching insights come from the things I've learned from you all over the years as you've been such a great partnership team to me as my time as a campus missionary. 

I'm honored and humbled to get to encourage our new incoming staff to be bold and faithful as they trust that God will provide for them generous donors like you all who believe in our mission to make and mature disciples for God's glory on his college campuses. 

I hope that the photos below serve as an encouragement and reminder that God is doing big things on campus, and, thanks to your support, I get to serve alongside these students :) 

A typical evening of our "Thursday Night Thunder" meetings at Richland College!

One of my best buds, Kurt Doty, and I got to serve one of our FOCUS alum (who is an elementary school teacher) prepare a track for her choir! I greatly enjoyed it! 

After one of our Thursday Night Thunder meetings, a student expressed that his family is going through a difficult time so we gathered around him to lay hands on him and pray over his current situation. 

Josh Soto and Sandra leading announcements with each other! They did such a great job. I'm so honored to get to work on a great team with them :)

A view from the back of our Thursday Night Thunder meetings!

After Thursday Night Thunder last week, we got to celebrate Jesse's birthday! He's done such a great job this year as our Richland FOCUS apprentice and we love having him. The students stayed after to hang out and celebrate :) 
This was something that was so encouraging! I went to my first ever FOCUS Alumni Night! It was a great time to re-connect with past FOCUS members who I knew as a student and celebrate what God has been doing since the time we graduated. I loved getting to be with them. It felt like a mini-reunion and definitely was an encouraging evening!

We had our FOCUS Spring Showcase last weekend to help raise funds for SICM (Student Institute of Campus Ministry) and it was a blast! On stage in this photo is Valentin & Reni - both students in our Richland FOCUS ministry! They are both extremely talented vocalists and both vital parts of our Richland ministry. So thankful for them!

Our Richland FOCUS Wednesday 1:30pm core! They have been so faithful and consistent with showing up each week to grow in their relationship with God together!

Thank you all so much for believing in me and supporting our mission to make and mature disciples for God's glory. As summer approaches, I look forward to reconnecting with you all hearing about all the great things God has been doing in your lives. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have anything in your life that you'd like prayer for.

Your support means so much to me :) Thank you for being there side-by-side with me on campus as we change the lives of countless college students.

Your brother & campus missionary,