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September Ministry Update

Wow. August is already over! What an amazing and busy month it has been. God has been so so good and continued to show up and make things happen.

First day of classes! From left to right:Alex, Brittany, Abbie, Emily M., Me!, Sam, Reagann, Drew, Amber, Ryan, Darby, Jesse

Since college classes hadn't started on the campuses we are at we spent two whole weeks reading the Old Testament and discussing it. It has been blowing my mind how different it is to read whole books of the bible at once. Usually I read them slowly over time. I highly recommend reading a book in one sitting. The theme of the book is more readily accessible this way and it can reveal things to you that reading the book in chunks just won't.

The last two weeks this month I was on campus at UT Arlington meeting students and participating in Maverick Stampede along with our staff and student leaders. Maverick Stampede is put on by the university for the first two weeks of the school year with many events to get students involved and connected. These events are great ways for us to make friends and invite them into our community. God has been so faithful in giving us countless, amazing opportunities to love on and invest in these students, many who are going through one of the biggest transitions of their lives. There are so many students on campus who are looking for friendship and we get the honor of befriending them!

Our first Thursday Night Focus(TNF)! 

We had our first Thursday Night Focus(TNF) this past week and the turnout was great. TNF is a time where our whole community comes together to worship, hear a teaching from scripture, and build community. It was so encouraging to see how many new people God has brought to our community in the past two weeks. I am so beyond excited to see what God does in the lives of these students this year and I'm pinching myself that I get to be a part of it.

This is Lauren. I get the privilege of leading core with her this year! 

We will be starting cores next week. Cores are small gender-specific groups that get together every week to build deep friendships, learn about God and how to follow Him and just live life together. If you could join me in praying for the start of cores this coming week I would be so thankful. Pray that God will bring those He wants to core, whether they have never heard of Him or they have known Him a long time that everyone who comes would be abundantly blessed and grown in their knowledge of God and improve their relationship with Him.

Thank you again for supporting me and investing in this community. Your investment is being used by God to bear fruit and transform lives. How exciting that we get to be a part of what God is doing at UTA!

Be sure to read the student testimony below!

Many Blessings,
Emily Umstead


  1. Yay Emily! Working with you has been a treat, even if you've only actually been at UTA a few weeks. I'm excited to see how your Core with Lauren goes! And definitely praying for how we can lead all those people who showed up to TNF. Love you Emily!


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