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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

New Beginnings

Hello everyone! This blog post is coming to you a little late because I got married at the end of January! I was soaking up the sun on the island of Kauai last week :-) It really has been a fast and furious month. As you know, weddings take some serious planning. Grant and I were tremendously blessed by the people who prayed for us, came to the wedding, gave wedding gifts, and celebrated with us. During our wedding ceremony, we decided to sing "Great Are You Lord" by All Sons and Daughters because it represented how we felt that day. It is because of the Lord that Grant and I got married and we wanted to honor Him on that special day. I attached the lyrics below so this song could be your prayer and worship today.

You give life, You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope, You restore
Every heart that is broken
Great are You, Lord

It's Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
We pour out our praise
It's Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise to You only
You give life, You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope, You restore
Every heart that is broken
Great are You, Lord
All the earth will shout Your praise
Our hearts will cry, these bones will sing
Great are You, Lord









One of the other perks of having the wedding this last month is I got to meet my nephew for the first time!!! Judd Proctor was such a blessing to have at the wedding and such cute entertainment :-) It's so neat to see my sister and her husband love on this little human. When I look at him, it affirms that God gives us good gifts that we don't deserve.













Winter Camp
One of our biggest events of the year happened earlier in January. Students came back a week early to attend our annual Winter Camp in Van, Texas. I know some of you were praying for this event and I am so thankful for that! God heard your prayers because our UTA ministry bonded deeply with one another and with the Lord. Our goal going into this event is that our students would learn more about God and to feel like they are apart of something bigger than themselves. We want them to experience love, unity, the Spirit moving, and wisdom from above. Those things happened!!! It is incredible to see how God uses something like a weekend in Van, Texas to get our students excited during the spring semester. Our newest students are taking ownership of this community by encouraging one another, inviting people to play games and eat lunch, and they are more open with people in their life about how God is working in their life and around them. We are seeing the fruit of Winter Camp already and as a staff person it is such an encouragement. We obviously value community and what we are doing here on campus, and to see 18 year olds get excited about loving people and telling them about Jesus is an incredible blessing.
Our UTA campus at Winter Camp!

Over 600 students attended Winter Camp this year from all of our campus ministry!

Prayer Requests

  • This month we are going to discuss dating at all of our campuses. This is a hot topic for students, but our goal is to get students to think about what it means to date while living like Jesus. There are a lot of gray areas in dating, but would you pray that God would guide us in what to say to our students in regards to this big part of their life and our culture? Our desire is that our students would live like Jesus in all areas of their life, even in dating.
  • Also, this month we have what we call Pizza Theology. Every semester we spend four hours teaching on a relevant topic. The topic for this semester is race. As you have seen and heard, this is something our culture is talking about and we are wanting to open a dialogue about it within our community. Please pray that it would be a time for students to learn about race and others experiences. We value all life, races, cultures, and ethnicities like Christ did and we want our students to be open to learning. 


Thank you all so much for your continued support and prayers! God hears them and it is a joy to partner with you in this ministry. You make the difference in the lives of these students!
-April Beall

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