Hey Friends!

 I survived my orientation and my first staff retreat. Our retreat was at a beautiful ranch in Whitewright, Texas. Whitewright is not necessarily known for its scenery, but I was pleasantly surprised. I say this because my high school is just fourteen miles down the road in Leonard. It was fun to share small-town Texas with my metroplex companions. My retreat consisted of playing board games, worshiping and encouraging each other before the semester begins. I left feeling refreshed and ready to work.

My apprentice team at orientation.

This is a photo from an impromptu trip for snowcones on the retreat.
August is packed with reading the Old Testament. The apprentices and I will spend eight hours Monday through Friday reading, along with taking an online class. I am ready to immerse myself in God's Word like never before. One of my goals throughout this apprenticeship is to become more scripturally literate. After almost two weeks of studying, we will finally get to go meet people on campus. I am ready to see what God is doing at UTD and be a part of His work. Pray for the incoming students.

Thank you guys so much for making this apprenticeship a reality. Thank you for your encouragement, prayers and financial support. I am grateful to be able to grow during this next year and serve students going to college. If you made a pledge to support me and haven't started giving yet, please go to anyfocus.org/donate to set up a recurring gift.


  1. Hey Emily! I am stoked to have you as an apprentice this year. It was fun getting to know you a little better at our retreat!

    I am praying for you and the rest of the apprentices as you begin your Old Testament studies. Get ready to learn a ton about our good God!
    Love you!


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