Our TCC ministry grew this year. We did outreach the first couple of days on campus by playing board games and inviting people. This is how we met several new students. The weather was unseasonably rainy, so students were just wandering around inside before their classes. It was a perfect start for us. We got to talk with many people. One of my favorite goals at the beginning of the semester is to help make students' first week of school fun and memorable. Even if they don’t stick around, I want to remember FOCUS people were friendly and inviting.
This was a year full of baptisms. Graham and I were honored to baptize several people in our apartment pool. This reminds me of the story in Acts 8 with Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch. After Philip explained Isaiah which the eunuch was reading before, it says:
“And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.”
So, a pool in Arlington will work too! It was special being a part of these students’ next step. Pray that God will protect them as they grow in their faith.
I had the joy of starting and finishing several one on one bible studies. This is one of my favorite parts of the ministry I get to do. Each study is made special by the individual I am studying with. I did a whooping seven this year and will be finishing some over the summer. Pray over those friendships and that the students will come to follow Jesus.
This month, I have the opportunity of going on our annual trip to Seattle for our leadership conference. I am excited because we are taking seven students from TCC. Pray that our students catch a vision for being missionaries to their campus. Pray for safe travels. This is some of our students' first time on a plane. I am excited to make memories with them. I hope I can show them my tips and tricks for traveling.
Honestly, my hope for this summer is to recharge by connecting with Jesus. appreciate your prayers and encouragement as this year has gone on. Thank you for supporting me. Thank you for taking the time to read this update. Pray for me. Pray for Graham too.