|Commuter Core at our End of the Year Formal!|
Things are winding down for the semester at UTA. Our students are taking finals this week and they need your prayers! Please pray for them to remember the material they studied, that anxiety wouldn't own their life, and that they finish well. We use this axiom "Finish Well" from Bill Hybels axioms book on leadership. We believe that most people remember how we ended. That is the last thing they remember about us. How we finish a job, a class, a season of life is what impression is most prevalent in someone's mind. Our Lord finished his mission well and we should too!
With the axiom "Finish well" in mind, I wanted to update all of you that I won't be returning as a campus minister with FOCUS next year. After much prayer and consideration, I have decided to take a step back and pursue another vocation. My husband and I will still be living in Arlington and attending our Thursday night meetings to continue relationships built here. I do want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me during these last two years of ministry! Because of you I was able to move to Arlington and pour into students for the last two school years. I believe that God has worked and built something special here and will continue to do so next year through the remaining staff and the two apprentices that will be joining the staff team in Arlington.
With that said, will you be in prayer with me for the following:
-For the UTA staff. That they would be able to navigate our community next year and that they would grow close with one another as two others are added to the team.
-For the two apprentices that are dedicating a year of their life to ministry at UTA, that they would be affective for the Gospel and that their relationship with the Lord would be strengthened. For their fundraising as they are gearing up for the fall and that the Lord would work through people like you all to support them in finances and prayers.
-For myself, that I would be able to discern what my next steps are in working full or part time. This is the first time I don't have a next move/step set up so my anxiety tends to peak during these transition times.
Thank you all in advance for your prayers! I know God has heard them and will continue to answer them. I will be contacting all of you individually over the next two weeks. My last official day as a campus minister is May 31st.
|Alexis getting baptized|
|Monique getting baptized|
Like I mentioned, God is moving and has a plan of his own! Two of my friends, sisters in Christ, and students in the ministry got baptized this month! This was a blessing to witness because I got to see God at work. It's nothing of our own doing, but all of God's doing. The love we share for one another is because of the love we first have in Christ, and I feel honored to get to witness this change and transformation in Alexis and Monique. They both believe that Jesus is Lord and they want Him to be Lord of their life for the rest of their lives! Both girls had their families and friends present to witness the testimony of Christ changing lives. I believe God will work through them!!
One goal we had as finals started approaching is that we could bless the students on the UTA campus. We bought pencils, scantrons, and blue books to pass out to students, while holding funny/punny posters we made. I must admit...that was the most I have seen people on this campus laugh and smile!!! It was so exciting to make them laugh during such a serious and stressful times in their lives. People seemed to appreciate our encouragements and free items! They were blessed indeed and we felt blessed doing it. Plus, we made it onto the UTA Instagram account! We are basically famous (just kidding).
Our End of the Year Formal happened last week and it was an encouraging celebration! We ate tasty desserts, danced, watched a video of the year, heard from Sarah on how to have a good summer, and took a lot of cute pictures! I wanted to share some photos from that, so you can put a face to the name with some of our students. Plus, we looked really sharp so I need to brag on a few people :-). Below are pictures of the core groups (small groups) that met all year! These students committed to the community and to learning more about God. It is such a special thing to be involved in a core because of how close you become and how you pursue God together.
|Men's Tuesday Core|
|Women's Tuesday Core|
|Women's Sunday Core|
|Women's Wednesday Core|
|Men's Sunday Core|
Thank you all so much for such a wonderful school year and for investing in these students! God is so good to us.