The countdown has begun! Countdown to my wedding, to the end of summer and the start of school. It's also a reminder that our staff team has one month left to raise all of our funds for the coming school year. Please stop and say a prayer that God would provide for the financial needs of our staff this year. Pray that God would send donors who can commit long-term support so that we can continue to do this ministry He has called us to. Thank you to those of you who have supported or are about to join our team. I'm so grateful for you!
The other major project our staff is working on this summer, in addition to continuing Summer FOCUS, is building our leader teams for the coming school year. The Denton team is incredibly blessed to have over 50 students that are interested in leadership...now we just have to meet with them all! We are praying that God gives us wisdom and discernment in choosing students that He wants to lead on our campuses next year.
I'll leave you with a neat testimony from one of our students involved in FOCUS at UT Arlington, named Brooklyn:
"I grew up with a single mom and was privileged to grow up in a Christian household. Leaving for school was a big step for me, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Coming into college I felt I had two options: I could go off, explore the party scene, and be rebellious in ways that I never really have, or I could pursue my faith. During welcome week I met some of the student leaders in FOCUS; they really seemed to be interested in my life and pursued my friendship in a way that I wasn’t used to. I took that as my sign. Since then, my corefas and the other leaders in FOCUS have taught me, and displayed what living life with Jesus as a disciple looks like. Prior to college I was a Christian, but I wouldn’t say I was a disciple. Studying [the Bible] challenged me in that aspect. I have come to know how freeing it is to give my life completely over to God and let him set my priorities. Most of my favorite memories from my freshman year have centered around, or at least involved, the friends I have made in FOCUS. I have made deep, meaningful, Christ‐centered relationships that I wouldn’t have found, or known how to find without community. FOCUS has loved me in a way that I haven’t experienced outside of my family, and as an orientation leader, I want all of my freshman orientees to have that as well."
I hope her story is encouraging to you and gives you a glimpse into the change that we get to see all the time!
Thanks for reading and much love!