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Abundant Life

Winter Camp 2020! Over 600 students this year!

Where would you be without Jesus? Who would you be? What would your life look like? This is something that I have been reflecting on this past month. God has been graciously reminding me how much I need Him, how much we all need Him and how much He is at work in all our lives. Without Jesus I would be searching for my worth in relationship after relationship. I would be walking a destructive path desperate to feel love. Without Jesus my anxiety and depression would rule me. I would be stuck and stagnant. I am not  alone in this There are several girls in my core who without Jesus would be desperately lonely and friendless. Some would be hopeless in their fight with mental health and identity. Others would simply live for career or grades. We all would be living a pointless existence without Jesus. Praise God that is not our fate! Jesus has come that we may live life abundantly! That we may find healing and transformation in Him. That is what we are offering to students on campus. Abundant life in Jesus.

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:10

UTA FOCUS at Winter Camp

Winter Camp was a practice in what abundant life looks like. I firmly believe that the fellowship and joy we encounter at Winter Camp is a little taste of what it will be like when Jesus comes again. When all is right and good and whole. I got to watch and participate in students basking in Jesus' love in community. We discussed the Psalms this year and learned what it means to be real in the ways we interact with God. Psalms are an example of how to pray to God what thoughts and emotions to share with Him as we grow in intimacy with Him. We have a good good father who wants to interact with the real us not the face we put on for Him. 

Claire is home! Here we are with some of her core at UTD!

Core!! I love these ladies.
I also wanted to remind you of Spring Showcase later this month! This is a fundraiser for our student leadership development trip SICM. The trip can cost up to $1000 per student so this fundraiser offsets those costs and makes it more affordable. Please consider coming out to support and have a good time! 

Prayer Requests:
- Please pray for the success of Spring Showcase that it would make SICM more affordable for our students who are going this summer.
- Wisdom on selecting students to go to SICM who are potential leaders and disciple makers.
- We are hosting a Latinx Party at the end of February in order to reach out to Latinx students on campus. This is part of an effort to create spaces for diversity and give voice to different backgrounds in our ministry. Jalen is heading it up with some of our Hispanic students. Please pray for its success and that it would be a blessing to students and our community.

Many Blessings,
Emily Umstead


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