Saturday, August 7, 2021

Staff Retreat and The Beginning of Another Year!

 My friends! My team!

Here we are again! It's August and in just a few weeks there will be thousands of students walking onto campus for the first time after the strangest academic year that they have probably ever experienced. I cannot fathom how hungry they are for social interaction and I am excited that FOCUS will be one of the first people that meet them as they walk onto campus!

This year we are pioneering FIVE new FOCUS ministries! We will be planting 2 at the campuses of Tarrant County College, a new campus for Collin College, NCTC in downtown Denton, and Dallas College Brookhaven Campus. We have an amazing group of incoming apprentices and we are excited to get going on these campuses!

We got back from our staff retreat last week and it was such an encouraging time! Our staff spent time bonding and getting to know each other before the beginning of a crazy year. This is the biggest our staff has ever been and I am honored to get to serve with such brilliant men & women of God.

Dallas College has gone through a lot of organizational transitions so we (at Richland College FOCUS) are still figuring out our status as an organization at Richland Campus. I think that everything will work out, however, if you can please PRAY for us that all of our administrative tasks & duties will line up before the year begins, that would be amazing!

THANK YOU for your support and for believing in my all of these years! I can't believe that I am beginning my 9th year on staff. I am honored to get to serve alongside the amazing staff & students that God has placed before me. I'm excited for our Richland FOCUS team to get on campus and begin loving students!

I hope these pictures encourage you and cast a vision for what God has planned this year!

Our incoming group of FOCUS apprentices! I am blown away at how many apprentices will be serving this year! This is our biggest year yet - pray for them as they learn in their classes and reach out on campus.

Staff retreat was encouraging. I'm glad that we all got to worship together and share what our vision is for the year. It has been a good summer of fundraising and I'm excited to kick the year off!

Our staff hanging out during one of the breaks at retreat!

The staff that whose contracts were up for renewal all made commitments at our commitments ceremony. Thank you to everyone who came or live-streamed the event!

Thank you all so much for believing in what we are doing! I am honored to get to be on campus this year side-by-side with you. Thank you for your prayers and consistent support :)

Please don't hesitate at all if you need prayer for anything!

Your brother & campus missionary,