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Friday, August 7, 2015

August Excitement!

Myself, Tana Worsham (my Pastoral Supervisor), and Sarah King (UTA Campus Director)

I am so excited that August is finally here! I feel like the interns have been building up to this month for a while now and it feels good to be here. Fundraising over the summer was a challenging and great experience. I really had to learn to let down any fears or reservations I had to see God work. I learned to be bold when I was scared, and I learned to trust God even when things seemed impossible. God is always at work around us (and is working in other ministries as well!), but I am thankful to our Lord to have a wonderful support team like all of you. I truly believe that God works all of this out so we can bless one another and be supporting one another. That is community after all! Please let me know this next year how I can be praying for you all and supporting you through this partnership. I really mean that!

Our reading material for the year! (This photo is for you Renee and Kevin)

I cannot wait to meet the students here at UTA! They start to move in on August 24th. That week is so crucial for what we are doing here on campus. Freshman are away from their parents for the first time, class hasn't started, and they probably don't know anyone! Please pray that we are sensitive to the Holy Spirit leading us to the students who need Christ most. It can be a scary and exciting time for new students, and we want to be there for them.

FOCUS Staff 2015-2016 (all campuses)

Our staff had the privilege to go to Port Aransas this week! We got to bond as a new staff and learn about each others stories. My favorite parts of the retreat had to be sharing how we all got involved in Focus and how all of those stories tie together to create God's story. What was most powerful to me during that sharing time is the fact that God worked through our weaknesses as new leaders. I can remember leading a small group for the first time in 2008 and feeling like I didn't know what I was doing and how I still needed God to develop some fundamental parts of my character. Even though I made a lot of mistakes, God still used me (and many others) to impact his Kingdom. That ties into the reading we have been doing as an intern group, because I see through Genesis to Judges so much failure from the Israelites and the mistakes Moses, Aaron, etc. made while trying to follow God...yet God still used them and had grace on them! Time after time God had grace on them. Don't get me wrong, I do see God's wrath and justice in the Old Testament, but what I also see is God not giving up on his people. God has not given up on me or you, and he loves us and uses us regardless of our short comings.

1 comment:

  1. God does not give up on his people! I am so excited that you will be on campus at UTA declaring that message to students. I am praying already for all the new freshmen who will arrive there in the coming days. Like you said, many of them are away from their parents for the first time and stepping into a new situation where they don't have any social connections. My prayer is that you and our other UTA ministers will be there to greet them, befriend them, and introduce them to Jesus! I think amazing things are going to happen there!