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October Update!

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  Let’s just say I feel like I blinked and October is here.  As we hit our fifth week of school, students are beginning to have their first round tests. This means there is a certain level of stress people are experiencing. As a ministry, we have been able to fight some of that stress. One way has been praying for their exams. I swear that becomes one of the main prayer requests around this time (and for the rest of the year for that matter). Be praying for our students and their time management. Anyways, we fought the stress in another way: we went on our annual fall camp this past weekend. Playing games, eating chick-fil-a and singing worship does wonders to a stressed out soul.  At our camp, we had a pretty typical structure of lessons and free time. Our sessions focused on our year’s theme based on John 10:10, “ The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full ”. Every year focus staff prays over what we think our stu

September Update!

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Hello Again! There is so much to say since my last update. I was standing on the edge of a month full of events like our leadership camp (SICM) and UTA’s welcome weeks and now I’ve lived them. It’s been quite amazing being back on campus experiencing the excitement of new life as people arrive for the year. I can’t believe it’s been two years since I have been on campus for welcome week; a quick refresher: I had covid around this time last year. I am grateful to be a part of welcoming people this year. There have been so many new faces at our events… I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s get into the details of what all I’ve been upto.  After our staff retreat, we had a couple days to wash our clothes and pack up for another trip. This trip was our leadership camp, SICM! Normally, we go to a ministry up in Washington and are taught by some wonderful leaders. This year, we were outside of San Antonio at Camp Eagle and FOCUS put on their own training. The training we do is mostly about how

August Update!

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  This update is full of prayer requests and news! Let’s get started.  I just got back from our summer staff retreat with our entire staff team. One of the key parts I want to underline is: we have not had our entire staff together on a retreat since my apprentice year. Our staff has boomed in size because we are taking on nineteen apprentices this year. Nineteen. It’s exciting to experience a surge of new people and to see our team grow. I had a strange moment during the retreat where I realized some of these apprentices were students when I started back in 2018. Now, I get to partner with them in reaching our campuses this fall. I guess that’s what happens the longer you work at a place.  One of the most exciting updates I have is that we will be pioneering five new campuses this fall. Each team is focusing on a different campus. One thing that has blown me away during my time in FOCUS is how the Lord has worked on community college campuses. I remember visiting a Collin College serv

July Update!

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It’s that time again: time for your monthly update on what all I’ve been up to. I mentioned in June how this summer season is just much different than the school year. I said that the pace is typically slower as we fundraise and connect with students who are still in town. Well, that was June. July is picking up as we prepare for this upcoming year. There is much for us to prepare for!  This past year, UTA FOCUS was given a huge donation of $50,000 dollars from a generous family in Arlington who love the campus and have a student in our ministry. This money will be used in several different ways, but I want to share the one I am most excited for. FOCUS will be hosting two large welcome week events to meet students and bless our campus. The first one will be a casino night and the second will be a petting zoo. The casino night will, of course, not involve real money. We will create our own funny money with our logo and give students the opportunity to cash out to win free textbooks or g

June Update!

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  Hello June!!   I know I’m a little late on my update. I got married on June 5th and what can I say: I could not type anything leading up to the big day.   The wedding was sweet and went by really fast. I got a lot of advice leading up to the day. Lots of people told me it’s hard to find time to eat during the reception. I can proudly report that I did in fact eat the food we picked out. I ate doughnuts and coffee. I ate the small sandwiches.   So here I am… a whole lot later.   Thank you for your patience.   The summer is a different speed. If the school year is like a sprint, summer is a leisurely stroll. It’s a time of rest and preparation for the next year. I can’t believe I’m typing that. We are prepping for this fall. We actually made it through our crazy covid year. I know we aren’t completely out of the woods, but it feels nice to be doing the events I love in a normal setting like Summer FOCUS. We are hosting weekly services every Thursday for our students who are local. It’s

May Update!

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  Hello again!  I was on a thankfulness kick last month. To start my update, I am still in this state of gratitude. The Lord has been moving me as I have been reflecting on ministry and how it is compared to last year. What can I say? I am a sentimental type of person. Outside of myself, I do believe we are called to remember in our faith.The Old Testament comes to mind. There are many stories of the Israelites acting foolish because of their lack of memory retention surrounding who God is and what he promised. God had been faithful, keeping his promises. Israel just couldn’t keep their end of the deal. I guess that is the gospel summed up, right?  Anyways, I have had the story from Joshua 4 in my mind. It’s where Joshua asks the tribes of Israel to grab stones and lay them down. The stones were to serve as a marker of when God made the Jordan River dry, so that the Israelites could cross into the promised land. Here’s what Joshua says at the end of the chapter starting in verse 20:  2

April Update!

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Happy Easter! Hello my ministry friends! He is Risen.  I have found myself this past month being really thankful. Much of this has come from my own remembering how I felt last year around this time.  Last year, we left on spring break and did not come back. I cannot believe we have hit a year marker of this pandemic. This March has been full of reasons to be thankful: I have been able to meet with many of our potential leaders. Many of these meetups have been outside in this beautiful weather and I have gone on many walks. We have met many students on campus through our outreach and outdoor worship events. These are just to name a few.  I am thankful to be able to be present on campus. Philippians 4:4-8 comes to mind as I look back on the year we have had and the season I am currently experiencing :  4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice ! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by praye