Sweet UTA girls reaching out to new students at a Mav Stampede event this past month. [Left to right: Lauren, Sophie, Emily(me), Ashlie, Esther]

 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God  who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
Deuteronomy 7:9

If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
2 Timothy 2:13

The first two weeks of the school year are a time of stepping out in faith and perseverance. We spend much of those two weeks on campus meeting new people, getting numbers, and inviting, inviting, inviting. We use our lunches and dinners, classes, and school events as opportunities to meet God's children. Those who know Him already and those who don't. Those who love Him and those who are suspicious of Him. It can be a fun, overwhelming, fulfilling, and exhausting two weeks. But God is so faithful to respond to our efforts. He is steadfast in opening doors and moving in the hearts of those we meet. 

Here are some of my new Indian friends! One of them is going to be in my core!

I am beyond excited to see what God does with this new year! Core starts this week! Please be praying God brings people he wants in core to core. Please be praying core would be a place where people can experience His love and explore what it means to follow Him. 

Mav Stampede is what UTA calls the first two weeks of classes. The university and organizations on campus put on many events for students in celebration the start of a new year! Here are some of the events we hosted the past two weeks for Mav Stampede! 

Board Game night: We use this event as something to invite students after we help them move in on Move-in Day.  

Candy Poker! 

Our first Thursday Night Fellowship of the year! I was so encouraged by this night. So many new faces! People were excited about joining core! Getting to be a part of God pursuing college student's hearts is humbling.
I also had the honor of baptizing Ini this past month. God has captured this girl's heart. She has decided to dedicate her life to Him and His mission. She is also a corefa (core facilitator/student leader) this year and I cannot wait to see where God takes her.

Prayer requests:
  • Pray for the start of cores and 1-1 bible studies. God would provide wisdom and bring in the people He wants to come.
  • These new friendships being formed would blossom into spiritual friendships point people to God and demonstrate His love.
  • Fall Camp is happening at the end of this month. Fall camp is where we are able to jump-start and deepen friendships over a 36 hour period while worshiping God and learning more about Him! Pray it would go smoothly and be a blessing to those come!
In Christ,
Emily Umstead


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