Tuesday, May 11, 2021

We've Reached The End (Of A Wild Year!)

 My friends & team :) 

Cheers to another year! Wow...I feel like when I do these blogs I tend to have a (minor) existential crisis. Time truly walks...then runs...then flys by! I think that this year taught me (more than any previous year) that God is the one who is in control. 

At our end-of-the-year party, I thanked the students for choosing to be involved this year. Our campus was closed, many meetings were held on Zoom, we were limited in outreach and I could tell that many students were struggling. Choosing community is always a sacrifice when there are conveniences and luxuries all around us. This year, however, the students who chose to be involved all made this year the powerful experience that it was! 

God has given us such a sweet group of students who love one another and believe in one another. We had an 'open-mic' time at our end-of-the-year party for the students to share how they've seen God move in the lives of those around them and I was deeply moved at the stories that were shared. Our students encouraged and blessed one another as they reflected on the year. I was reminded of what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:6 (see below).

"I planed the seed, (Apollos) watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow."

This year was difficult at times - but in the end I got to see the fruit of our labor. This year was a challenge - but in the end I got to see the seeds that we planed together as a team begin to grow. 

Thank you for your support and for believing in us. I'm blown away at the love & support I receive from you all. I will be turning 33 years old in July - some of you have been on my team since I was 23! I'm honored that you have gone on this journey with me. 

Enjoy the photos below! 

Our Wednesday 2pm core! It's going to be sad to say goodbye to these fellas, but, I know I will be seeing them over the summer at Summer FOCUS!

Tom Miller, a dead friend of mine preached a few times at Thursday Night Thunder and the students loved it! We're so thankful for Tom and how he blesses our ministry.

We did a spring park day in April and it was a blast! 

Our FOCUS Apprentice, Bridget - did a great job planning it. She and Ashley put on such a fun day for our students to get out, play some fun games, and engage with one another!

Thursday Night Thunder has been one of my favorite nights of the week. We appreciate Northeast Church Garland allowing us to meet in their building this year!

Another shot of our Thursday Night Thunder group!

I love our group of students! So grateful for them :) 

Sandra did a great job preaching a few weeks ago - she planned and prepared a worship night for us. The students engaged with the talk and worshiped God in their own unique way(s) at our worship stations.

Thank you all for believing in me! The best is yet to come! 

I'm honored to get to serve on campus at Richland College with my team :) We're excited to jump Into the Fall 2021 semester (It'll be here faster than we think!).

Until then, don't hesitate to contact me if you need prayer for anything specific in your life! Thank you for your support!

Your brother & campus pastor,