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April 2021

  Core on our quick Austin Trip! I have loved living life with these girls. Over spring break I got the chance to go on a short trip with my core girls. It was a really sweet time of fellowship and bonding in the beautiful city of Austin Texas. This year has been a weird one with masks, COVID scares, and no Winter Camp but God has done so many good things in spite of it all. We has no mass infections of COVID this year, we have gotten to worship together in person outside safely after a year without it, we are inviting 60 students from UTA to SICM (the leadership conference we send potential leaders to), core has continued to happen and flourish, and God has moved in each one of these girls hearts with two of them now considering baptism! Our God is a sustainer and life-giver who delights in us drawing close to him. And he is so good to let us participate in what he is doing.  We also got to do a week of outreach on campus a couple weeks ago. Several new students were invited into comm
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March 2021

Valentines Day Party My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me,      the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns,      broken cisterns that cannot hold water. Jeremiah 2:13 At a student leader meeting recently, Jalen (one of my fellow campus ministers at UTA) led us in a discussion on identity in God. Through Jeremiah, God was calling Israel to turn back to him. They had turned aside to things that weren't God and couldn't give them life. Broken cisterns that couldn't give them life giving water. What are your broken cisterns? Where do you go for things that God can give? I thought I would share the questions Jalen gave us as the process ministered to me. Perhaps it will minister to you. The following questions should help you to determine what your broken cisterns are: When someone asks you to tell them a bit about yourself, what's the first thing you want them to know about you? What aspect of who you are offends you the most if people u

February 2021

Cedar Ridge Preserve School is officially back in session and so is campus ministry! It has been sweet getting back into the swing of core and meeting up with students. Many interactions have been virtual lately due to the increase of COVID cases. I am so thankful that there are ways we can meet in person safely and virtually when that is not an option. Ministry would be much more difficult without the technology we have today.  On a hike with Juli and Riannon Due to COVID we rotate the people who can come to our weekly ministry-wide meetings (Deep Dive) with the service streamed to the rest of the community. It was my cores turn this past week and it was so special to get to come in person again. We also started our outdoor worship session that we are going to be doing every week before deep dive from now on. Worshipping as a church body is so vital and important. Every time I get a special chance to do it again safely I remember how sweet and filling the experience is. I am psyched w

January 2021

UTA Staff with the gifts we got in our secret santa. I seriously love this team. Earlier this month we had our annual winter staff retreat. It was smaller than usual and many precautions were taken before going but I am so glad we got to do it. Staff retreat is always so sweet and restful for me. It gets me excited for the upcoming semester. I get to see staff members who work on other campuses and hear about what God has been doing there. This year specifically we had two sessions where we talked through the history of FOCUS. (Those who couldn't attend in person joined us on zoom.) It was a time for each person in chronological order to share about how God brought them into FOCUS and then brought them on staff. We heard from those who were there when Focus came together in 1996 at UTD a campus that had no student life let alone christian ministries to get involved in. FOCUS actually started the first welcome events that UTD ever had in a effort to bless the campus and reach out to

December 2020

View from the South Rim of the Chisos mountains in Big Bend National Park where I spent Thanksgiving. It was very restful. As the semester comes to a close in the next two weeks everything has gone online. We are wrapping up cores and Deep Dive for the semester over zoom and the internet. As a result our typical Christmas party is not happening. Instead, as a staff, we are brainstorming different ways for our community to stay connected over the break in ways we haven't explored before. Many students have gone home since the start of Thanksgiving break. It will be another two months before they come back and many will be isolated due to COVID. Our staff is going to be providing book clubs, scripture readings, and virtual hangs for our students to get involved in over the break. One on one bible studies will continue virtually and we are encouraging our corefas (core facilitators) to get their core together virtually a few times over the break. So in many ways because of COVID minis

Only one thing is necessary...

The view at a recent spiritual retreat in Eisenhower State Park 38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 I recently got the opportunity to go on a half-day outdoors spiritual retreat that was put on by one of our staff members. We were each given an itinerary to follow on our own. It was a time of silence, prayer, scripture, and worship. The scriptures we were given almost all had either Mary Magdalene or Mart

Jesus is Lord

  Deep Dive! Here is part of our community watching deep dive in person and socially distanced. The rest were watching the stream. Over the past two Sundays we have put on a stream for Pizza Theology an event we put on once a semester. Focus really values encountering God and processing what it means to follow him at the educational level we possess. Often our faith and knowledge of that faith sometimes stays at the veggie tales level and we don't pursue anything beyond that. At Pizza Theology we take time to wrestle with our faith and process through it at the college level. This time we talked about how to think like a christian in society. One of the best talks in it was done by my co-worker and friend Jalen. He took some time to discuss the upcoming election and what he had been wrestling with in what to do. His talk was humble and convicting and got me thinking about where I put my hope. Am I putting my hope in a particular candidate or political party? I think it can be so so