Monday, October 8, 2018

Danielle's October Update

Last weekend we took the Collin students to Fall Camp for a 24-hour retreat outside of town. We spent time in fellowship, connecting with God, and listening to messages about the Biblical narrative and why we are here. We had around 130 students come to camp! Here are some photos from the weekend:
We had a large group this year! Here we are awaiting instructions in the chapel.

One of our Collin students, Sterling, sharing his story

Beginning of our worship night before we had time to individually connect with the Lord

One girl that I met during Welcome Week, Amellia, had told me that she was an "open agnostic." She grew up in church but had some bad experiences that eventually fueled her decision to walk away. She has been consistently attending small group and came to camp! During our open sharing time, she came up to the microphone and said that she can see God calling her back to him, and that she is going to respond to that call! PRAISE GOD!!! I'm so excited. Thank you so much for your prayers and support! Because of you we are able to send these students to camp and have life changing experiences.

Here is our student testimony for October, from TWU Dallas student Veronica Rodriguez:

"When I take time to think about who I am now and who I was before Christ, I can honestly say I was a completely different person. I remember walking around school with a big, dark cloud over me all the time; filled with anger, bitterness, and just plain sadness. I found my fulfillment and happiness in relationships with men, which ultimately always led to lines being crossed, disappointment, and heartbreak. I distinctly remember last semester going to Core at TWU Dallas, and honestly, not wanting to be there. But there was something in me that was telling me to go. I knew I was desperate for love and saving but I didn’t know what I was looking for.

It wasn’t until the very last day of Core last spring semester that I realized how truly broken I was. I shared my testimony in front of girls in Core that I barely knew and immediately started crying. I felt a huge weight lifted off my chest right then and there and truly felt the freedom Christ promises to each and every one of us. That day, I was done living for myself and ready to surrender it all to Christ. I am thankful that God used FOCUS and the girls within my Core to open my eyes and direct me to my heavenly father, even when I didn’t want to hear it. It was because of FOCUS and the continual encouragement of the girls around me that I realized I didn’t have to try so hard to be loved. I already had a savior who paid for all of my sins on the cross and loves me abundantly in ways that no man will ever be able to."

Thanks for reading! 
Much love,