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 continued to meet up, becoming better friends. Jessica rode the ups and downs of her first semester. It was the typical transitions of moving to college and stresses of changing majors. Whenever we would meet up, she would share about the ups-and-downs and I would share my own experiences. Sharing my experiences, of course, would lead to me saying something about Jesus. Fast forward, Jessica and I are now studying. She has recently has joined my bible study group and is infectiously excited about learning about God.
I tell you this because our bible study this past week was wonderful. Jessica and I were doing a lesson on grace. The setup of the lesson is several verses on grace that we discuss. We were reading Ephesians 2:4-10, verse 8 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast”. We camped out on this verse. Together we processed through how Jesus died for us and how it is through him that we are reconciled to God. At the end of our time together, she talked about how she began to see this gift mentioned in verse 8. This is huge!
I am excited to see what God has in store for her. Continue praying for Jessica and that God keeps opening her heart.
Below are some photos from my small group:
"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do". Ephesians 2:10