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 harvest! It can feel overwhelming at times, but I ultimately try to rest in the fact that God is doing the work and I am just simply joining in.
It makes me think of what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7, “ I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow”.
One of my favorite events from welcome week was Big Howdy. Big Howdy is a huge event put on to welcome international students to campus. There's food and a bunch of volunteers from local churches come out. The best part of the event is the huge dance party that is hosted at the end. It's a mix of American dances like the "Cupid Shuffle" and Indian dances. All my summers spent as a camp counselor prepared me for the Big Howdy dance. Pray for my friendships made with the students I met at Big Howdy. Pray for God to open doors for conversations.
Pray for the students who do not know Christ but are drawn to our community.
Pray for international students that we are coming in contact with and that friendships are made. I have been able to hang out with some sweet ladies from India. Pray that God opens doors for me to minister to them.
Thank you so much for making this ministry possible! Thank you for your prayers and support.