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October Ministry Update

I can hardly believe it. September is over already! The past two months in the apprenticeship have been a whirlwind. I am so beyond blessed that this is my job right now!

Here is my core at UTA. Love these girls!

This month, I held a public reading of scripture with a student leader. We met at a ministry house and read through all of Galatians together then discussed it. I've been learning a lot about how beneficial it is to read a book of the Bible all at once so being able to do that with students was great! There is something really special about getting together to read and discuss. You get things out of it that wouldn't by reading it on your own.

This is Hannah! I get to lead core with her at DBU!

In an exciting turn of events, UTA staff have decided to start two cores at Dallas Baptist University (DBU)! God seems to be moving there and we get to be a part of it! I'm leading with a lovely lady named Hannah (pictured above), and Jalen, another member of UTA staff, gets to lead with Joseph. Both Hannah and Joseph are students at DBU and have taken on a lot of initiative to make this happen. We wouldn't be able to do it without them! Please be praying for these new cores and for Jalen and me to be able to balance between our UTA and DBU cores in a way that is faithful to all the students who come!

We also have fall camp coming up this weekend! Fall camp is a short trip that we take at the beginning of the year to build community early on. We get to worship, learn about God, and hang out at a camp all while deepening friendships in our cores and establishing new ones in the broader community. Fall camp is one of the ways that we get to paint a vision of what Christian community is like while encouraging our students to grow in their walk with God. I am so excited for it and can't wait to see how God moves in the student's lives. Prayers for a successful weekend full of Jesus would be so appreciated.

Thank you again for supporting me! None of this would be possible without your support! Be sure to check out the student testimony below!

Many Blessings,
Emily Umstead


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