UTA staff at our end of the year formal!!! (from left to right: Austin, Kelly, Sarah, Me, Jalen)

The apprenticeship has come to a close and as I sit here reflecting on the past 10 months, I keep coming back to the word thankful. I am so thankful for the opportunity, for how much I have learned through the classes we took and the experience I got. I am thankful for my co-workers and how fun they are to work with. I am thankful for Arlington, how it has become my new home and all the friendships I have built here. I am thankful that God has allowed me to come alongside him this year in the work he did at UTA and DBU. I am thankful for my support team that made this possible. And lastly I am thankful that I get to stay on part-time and start my Masters. God is so so good even when I am not.


SICM was awesome. Getting to spend a week in Washington with potential student leaders and watching them catch the vision for campus ministry was such a treat. SICM was so crucial in my walk with God so it was fun to watch Him working in the students who went this year. SICM reminded me how important going out and reaching people for Christ is. So many students on our campuses are broken, lonely, and lost looking for purpose and a sense of belonging. Jesus is ready to give them life and we get to be a part of that!

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” 
Matthew 9:37-38

My prayer is that the Lord would use what was learned at SICM to transform our campuses. That what we learned wouldn't go in one ear and out the other but that it would build up disciples that go and make other disciples. We are sending 40 more student and staff to the June SICM this month so please \
be praying that God would move and bless their trip as well!

Our second Summer FOCUS of the year.

We have started Summer FOCUS up with our third one of the summer happening this week. Summer FOCUS is a way for our students to stay involved and plugged in if they are in town over the summer. Instead of doing campus specific weekly meetings we do one that all campuses come to!

Here is my sweet friend Kelly.

The end of May means that staff transitions are happening now. Kelly (in the picture above) has been on FOCUS staff for 10 years in some capacity. I had the honor of working with this awesome woman of God the past year at UTA. She is about to embark on a new adventure in Austin as she pursues her degree in Law which means that sadly she is leaving us. I am so excited for the plan God had for her life. She has such a passion for those who don't have a voice which is why she is becoming a lawyer. Prayers for her transition and move would be so appreciated.

My sister (Claire) and new roomie (Emily)

Another transition happening involves sweet Emily M. (pictured above) Emily was an apprentice like me this past year. She is transitioning from UTD staff to UTA staff and has just moved to Arlington! In fact she is now living with me! I am so excited to work in a closer capacity with this sweet lady. I am blown away by her faith and willingness to step out for God and go where he calls her. Transitions are hard so prayers for her transition is needed as well.

Don't forget to check out the student testimony below and more pictures from the month! Thank you again for supporting!!

Many Blessings,
Emily Umstead

Extra pictures from the month! Enjoy!

DBU core poster! We make these every year to celebrate each core!

UTA core poster!

SICM Pictures!



Claire and Darby


Ini and Lisa
Ini, Lisa, Sam, and Megan our driver for the week!

All the UTA and DBU students we brought 

Some of the UTA students we brought

Sam, Lisa, and Parker


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