Tuesday, April 3, 2018

SSI--Danielle's April Update

This past week we had 10 students and staff join us from Bellingham, Washington for their Spring Break. It's called SSI (Student Spring Impact) and it's a week devoted to doing outreach on our campuses. Our students host the Washingtonians who come to all of our events on campus to spread the light of Christ. We experimented with different approaches to reach as many people as possible. We had a few statements on display for people to respond to, like "If you love enough people, enough people will love you back. Thoughts?" and "Your emotions are real but may not be connected to reality. Thoughts?" Here are some photos from the week:

SSI Crew 2018 from Bellingham, WA

Statements on Display at TWU

Nick and Kelsey from WWU at our display board

We also had a "Free Listening" poster and sat on campus welcoming people to chat with us. I met a girl who is interested in faith but has had some negative experiences with organized religion. We are going to meet up next week to talk about spiritual things and maybe study the Bible! I am so excited!

 I wanted to remind you all about our Spring Showcase THIS SATURDAY! Hope to see you there!

Spring Showcase 2018
3pm and 7pm shows
5:30pm Art Show
Bent Tree Bible Fellowship Church
4141 International Pkwy, Carrollton

I want to leave you with our latest student testimony from my alma mater, UTD:

"When I first came to college, I was worried about finding a good, Christian community on campus. Luckily, I had a friend from home invite me to FOCUS at the beginning of the year, introducing me to a community that radiated acceptance and spread God’s light throughout campus.

Right away, I felt immediately included and got involved in a small group, which provided me a great community of believers and friends. Establishing this strong base at the beginning of the year eventually helped me through the tough times I faced later on; I was confronted with many things I had never been tempted with before during my first semester. That semester, while in a musical, I was around many older people who frequently drank. I drank a couple of times and justified my underage drinking while judging others for falling short in the same way. In my family and high school, I had been labeled the “good kid”. I had never built up the self-control against these inclinations and felt ashamed when I gave in to temptation. However, with the help of my Corefas and friends in FOCUS, I was able to stop these bad habits before they became too serious and find forgiveness through Christ. Now, rather than judging others who struggle with that temptation, I can empathize with them and share how God used FOCUS to help me overcome my own obstacles!"

Sienna Walter
UT Dallas
Business Administration

Thanks for reading and for your continual support!

With love,