|UTA Staff this year!!! (Left to right: Sarah, Me, Jalen, Emily M, Austin)|
This past week I got to spend several days with the rest of UTA staff on a retreat. I am so thankful for these coworkers and friends and for the opportunity to reset before we jump into the school year. While on retreat we got to read In the Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen, a book of his reflections on what Christian leadership is supposed to look like. By using the temptations Jesus faces in the wilderness, Nouwen points out temptations are real and present in the everyday life of ministers and disciples and how to combat these temptations with different disciplines. Once again I was reminded how important it is to stay connected to the vine. Without God and His guidance, I bring nothing. Spending time listening to God and being in His presence has gotten me even more excited for this new school year. God is moving in big ways and I am so thankful and humbled I get to be a part of it.
Please be praying for the first two weeks of school (Mav Stampede). For the staff and student leaders would be bold in reaching out to others. For God would prepare our hearts for the new students who are going to enter our lives and that he would move in those friendships. And most importantly, we would stay connected to the vine as we go out to make and mature disciples.
I also wanted to thank everyone for being on support team! Whether you have joined or stayed on. Your generosity is what makes this possible. Thank you so much and God bless!