|"Campfire" stories about Jesus during Fall Camp!|
I pray this blog finds you well, all snuggled up on your couch with a hot chocolate, fuzzy socks, and a roaring fireplace (just kidding, but I am so excited for cold weather!). I am tempted to start this blog the same way I have started my other entries with something along the lines of, "Wow! So much has happened this month, I can't believe time has gone by this quickly, and God has already done so much." I have a sneaky suspicion I will want to express that each month for this school year, because it IS true! God is at work around us! When we take time to reflect and think on those things, I believe we can see more of what God is up to. I am thankful for this time of reflection and time of praise I get to share with you.
Our first official UTA Fall Camp happened at the beginning of October! This is one of the things I get super stoked about, because I know the goals and outcome of an event like this. I got to see it's purpose as a student and now as an intern, and both experiences have had major impact in my life. We do a fall camp at all of our campuses to spend devoted time together for 24 hours straight. We laugh, we pray, we share, and mostly we grow closer to one another. This camp experience always brings our students closer together. I believe that God was working in our laughter during the games, in our songs during worship, and in the conversations that happened in between. Some very sweet friends of mine shared their thoughts during a reflection time on how college ministry has impacted them. Through their tears they talked about never having this many people be interested in who they are until now, and how this experience after a month and a half is already changing who they are and how they see God. This was tremendously encouraging for me to hear. When you are pouring into students, planning events, praying for the ministry, etc. you usually wonder if what you are doing is making a difference. That weekend was confirmation for me that God is moving in the hearts of our students, and what a great reminder that was!
- How has Christianity impacted the world?
- What do you fear or what holds you back?
- We also asked people if we could pray for them
- If you believe God exists, what do you think he cares about?
"I love being in CMTs! I really love watching and learning from the leaders in our community on how to have spiritual conversations and seeing the impact it can have in people's lives."-Brooklyn, one of our CMT girls in the picture to the left.
|Everyone at Fall Camp 2015!|
Please let me know how God is working around you as well! College ministry is a huge (if not the biggest) mission field we have in the U.S. but I believe God is working in your work places, your families, and the random encounters you have throughout your day.
Would you pray with me for these things within our ministry?
-Pizza Theology. Once a semester we have a topic we study in depth with our students for four hours on the weekend. It is a great opportunity to learn from wise people on difficult topics. Would you pray that it leads people to a deeper understanding of God and how we should live as his children?
-My sermon I am doing on Thursday, November 5th with another intern Austin. We want to speak God's truth to our students and show them more of who God is.
-The students in our ministry are at some major turning points in their lives. Trusting God with new things and learning new ways of thinking and living. Would you pray for them and that they continue to seek God, even when it is hard?
Our ministry is so excited for what God's been doing in the lives of our students and alumn and look forward to sharing some of their testimonies with you in the upcoming FOCUS Fundraiser video series on November 14th. Be on the lookout for a preview of 1 of the 5 interviews in an upcoming email in the next week and for the full campaign on your Facebook news feed! Also, if you haven't already please go and like our FOCUS Facebook page for fundraiser updates and exciting news during this next month.