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Happy Fall!

I had to start with this photo. I love how the guy at the top is raising his arms up in victory. At fall camp, we had a chant competition. This team, obviously, won.
I can’t stop marveling at the differences between the end of August and the end of September. Ministry has truly begun to blossom; this shift in ministry matches our new season. I am excited to share all that is happening. 
At the end of August, I really didn’t have a feel for what my small group would look like. I had no idea the people God would bring. The first two weeks of August were packed with meeting girls, but you never know who will stick. I was nervous about my small group because as I met girls on campus, many were not able to come to my time. I had to give that desire of having an impressive, larger group to God. My mindset had to switch to being faithful with whatever I was given. But in typical God-fashion, He provided more than enough girls to join our group. 


My weeks are now taken up by the seve…
We made it through August!
What has ministry looked like for me? August was marked by the many game nights hosted at my house. It has been such a blessing having a spacious house to have people over. It has also been a blessing to have roommates who are a part of the same ministry. Together, We understand how important it is to get people off campus and invite them into your space. I know those nights will be sweet memories one day; there’s nothing like the chaos of having eight girls passionately playing Skip-Bo in your living room while trying not to burn the popcorn in a dinky microwave. 

More about August: it ended with UTA’s big welcome weeks. I was on campus for both lunch and dinner most days, trying to meet new students. It’s an exciting time because you never know who will stick. There are so many new people everywhere! Those first two weeks remind me of the passage about the harvest being plentiful and how there are few workers. UTA has 40,000 students… talk about a plentiful …
Hello again! I hope everyone is having a great summer. This blog is going to be short and sweet. I will have many more stories to tell when August is through. 
July was slow but restful. I’ve been adjusting to life in Arlington. After another month there, I can tell you about several fun places to eat and I now can drive myself home without my GPS. We are making progress. 

I just got back from our UTA staff retreat. It was surreal because a year ago I was going on a retreat but as an intern; this year, a full-time staff member. It’s sweet how God works. Thank you so much for making this year possible by supporting me. I am excited for what God will do on campus. 
Be praying over Welcome Week and the incoming students. Pray that we have the energy and strength- Welcome Week is two weeks packed with events on campus. These weeks are important because these interactions can and will turn into friendships. You never know who God will put in your life. It’s fun to think of the sweet ladies I …
Let me just jump to the exciting news: Emma got baptized!
I had the honor of getting to see her get dunked! So praise God! It was sweet seeing her family support her with this decision. I am so proud of how God has been growing her over this past year. She really has a heart for reaching out to her friends and family. 
I went on several adventures this month. I went to Six Flags which I feel is a right-of-passage for anyone living in Arlington. I also went on a trip to a local water park with some girls.  I am proud to say none of us left with sunburns; I was diligent about reminding everyone about sunscreen. It was a lot of fun being able to meet girls from the ministry while hanging around water slides. 
I’m thankful June has come and gone. It was a month full of adjustments with me moving to Arlington. I am still on the journey of learning the town and the people. God has been faithful through it all, even though it’s been tough at times. I still sometimes miss my old apartment and mi…
My apprenticeship is over! We have made it to the summer!
Thank you so much for making this season possible through your support and prayers. I have not had time to fully reflect on what this year has meant to me, but I can say I have enjoyed being able to join in on what God is doing. The pace on the college campus is fast. It feels like it was just yesterday that I was welcoming incoming freshman and inviting them to play board games. It’s amazing how God can turn a casual conversation during a game of Uno into a meaningful friendship. Just thinking about welcome week makes me excited for my move to Arlington. Be praying for that transition over.


So speaking of Arlington, I wanted to share about the leadership conference we went to called SICM. The trip was awesome and I was able to bond with students from different campuses. Students from UTD, UNT/ TWU, and UTA were there to learn how to outreach to their campus and learn small groups. I was able to spend a significant amount of tim…
Happy May! Can you believe it? We are so close to the end of the semester. My apprenticeship is coming to an end.
I think now is the appropriate time to officially announce that I am staying on another year with FOCUS. I will be moving out to University of Texas in Arlington in the fall. I am excited to serve at this new campus and join into what God is doing there. Just begin praying for that transition over to a new town with new people. I have already had the opportunity to meet some students from that community who have been incredibly sweet and welcoming. Here’s a cool God thing: one of my friends from MSU is actually a part of UTA’s FOCUS. Looks like God was already planting people in Arlington before I had even considering going there. Below is a goofy photo of their leader team. Now, imagine me somewhere in this group.

April went by so fast and I think this was because I was looking forward to Easter. Early on, I made plans to bring students home with me. I am so thankful I di…
Hello again, it’s time for your ministry update!
If you remember from my last update, FOCUS had a Science and Faith panel.  I want to first thank you for all of your prayers and tell you that it went very well. We had about thirty students show up. We had hoped it would be an outreach event to bring in people outside of the ministry. It ended up being an event that equipped our students on thinking through science and their faith. The panelists did a great job taking on the questions that were submitted. The event did not do exactly what we had set out to do, but it was nice to see our students learning more on the topic.
Above is a picture of a girl who has become a dear friend of mine, Jessica. We have been doing a bible study since the beginning of this semester. It has been a joy being able to see God answering my prayers for her. Jessica, last semester, was not interested in Christian community. She went to one of our services in the fall and kindly told me it was not for her. We …
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 …
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 …