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February flew by. I cannot believe how close spring break is. Continue praying for the ladies I met up with. I have been so lucky to be able to meet up with each one. Pray that they will know Christ better. Thank you for your prayer and support.
I thought it would be fun to update you on how outreach has been going at UTD.
Outreach has been something I have been doing weekly since the fall. We did displays twice a week in the fall. We had one display on happiness and another on purpose. The point was to engage our campus with questions and varying opinions that would lead to a biblical thought on the topic. The setup was not complicated and lucky for us, the college campus is full of people who want to be heard. The coolest part was that students were engaging their campus, boldly inviting people to join in conversation. We just finished a display on anxiety that followed what we did in the fall. We invited people to leave an anxiety and takean encouragement.

The response on campus was …
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Hey everyone! I am excited to share what God has been doing this past month.  I wanted to thank you guys for your prayers towards winter camp. I hope I can encourage you with what I am about to report. 

Winter camp is where all the FOCUS communities come together to get energized for the new semester. This is done through having time to be with the other FOCUS campuses and by having relevant sessions. Our speaker, John Stackhouse, spoke on confronting culture changing. It was exciting to see what God is doing across the metroplex; for three days, we were surrounded by students who want to see Jesus at their colleges. I want to share two moments from winter camp.

Winter camp is set up with sessions in the morning and at night. So the afternoons are open for us roam and hang out. Some of that time we spent playing board games or playing ping pong. One day our group went on a zip line and we did a giant swing. Believe it or not, the lake was open for us to canoe on despite it being winter …
Happy New Year!
I am excited for what God has in store this year.

First things first, I wanted to start with prayer requests. Be praying for this next semester and all that entails: new students and new schedules. UTD does not have any events in the spring to welcome everyone back. Transfer students, excited for their new campus, can end up feeling lost because of this. Be praying for me as I set up my schedule. Pray that I will deepen my friendships with the people I am studying with. Thank you so much for your support and prayers. They mean the world to me.  
The picture above is from the UTD Christmas party; the theme was California Christmas (Hence the tropical beach background in our photobooth). The night was spent decorating cookies, having a skit contest and singing Christmas songs. It was a great way to wind down the semester before finals. Some of our students had finals the afternoon before the party! My favorite moment was the devotional at the end. We had students share memo…
It's time for another update. 
My small group (Core) is winding down. The photo above was from our second-to-last meeting. We had cake and talked about thankfulness. I'm pretty amazed at how God has grown our group over these past months. We've had movies nights, gone to the fair, made tie-dye t-shirts and most importantly, been studying the bible since August. My favorite study we've done so far has been a six-week study on Philippians. That book might be just four chapters, but I felt like every chapter had so many takeaways. 
The overall FOCUS community has been empowering students to get into the Bible more. I, along with my fellow apprentices, was challenged to host groups and read scripture out loud. I read Jonah with some girls from my small group for my first attempt. The book of Jonah led us into some challenging conversation on how we can be like him. My second go at reading scripture aloud was during one of my one-on-ones. This girl has not read much of the Bi…
Hey everyone! 
Here we are again: the end of another month. November means cooler temperatures and that this semester is close to the end. God has been so good as I reflect on this past month. I survived the rain, finished reading the Old Testament, and made some fun memories with my core. What a blessing it is to be at UTD! Thank you for your prayers and support. It means the world to me. 
One of my favorite memories from October is going to the State Fair with my core. We got eight free tickets from my girl Emma's mom. Her mom is a teacher, so that's why we got such a deal. Can you believe the state just hands out free tickets to students? It's amazing. The money we saved from the free ticket was put towards tasty fried food. Our plan was to each get some sort of fried food so everyone could sample. Everyone loved these little doughnut balls filled with Nutella and strawberries. We even went back to buy more before the Fair shut down for the night. Another food worth menti…
Happy Fall!
I don't know about you, but September flew by. My time was spent hanging out with girls and prepping for FOCUS's fall retreat. Fall retreat was a success. Its purpose was to create time where people's small groups were able to grow closer together. There was board games, crafts, and ultimate frisbee. Almost all of my core girls were able to come. Nothing bonds people together like staying in a cabin. 
I want to share two moments from fall retreat. First, during the afternoon, some girls and I made homemade cookies. It was a fun moment because one of my girls was able to show off her talent. She is from South Carolina and is a fantastic baker. Her specialty is cakes and decorating them. She made a recipe for buttery shortbread cookies. She was in charge of the mixer and while everyone else searched the kitchen for ingredients. We had fun goofing around as the cookies baked. The cookies ended up a little overdone, but I feel that it is in simple moments like this w…

I survived the first month of my apprenticeship, but more importantly, I survived UTD's weeks of welcome! Since August 14th, we have been on-campus meeting students. I have met students through our FOCUS games nights and through university-sponsored events like the Big Howdy. The game nights were simple to execute; we would meet in a residence hall and invite newly moved-in students to play games. The second event I mentioned, Big Howdy, welcomed international students to campus. The turnout was about 1400 students from all over the globe. It was amazing! The atmosphere was lively as live music played and students bustled from table to table, trying to complete a checklist. We were able to tell so many students about our ministry because visiting the FOCUS booth was one of the checks. During this event, I met a sweet grad student named Ellie. 

Ellie is from China and is at UTD for a masters in accounting. She is super trendy and easy to talk to. We ended up exchanging num…