A Voice in the Wilderness

Mav Stampede!!!!!! Hanging outside with some of the gals we met!  

A voice of one calling:

“In the wilderness prepare

    the way for the Lord;

make straight in the desert

    a highway for our God.

Isaiah 40:3

God has been so good and faithful the past two weeks in the middle of what has felt a lot like uncertainty and the unknown.  Despite limitations from Covid we have still been able to meet students and invite them into community. Students seem to be more desperate for friends and connection than ever before with many finding it difficult to make friends this year.

Hannah and I with two of the sweet girls we met in the past two weeks.

I got to have a really sweet conversation with one of the girls I met this week. She sort of grew up in the church but has been feeling distant from God recently and like she can't approach him. I got to share the story of the prodigal son with her and God's radical immense grace. It was a grace in and of itself to get to share how good our God is with her. It reminded me of how sweet our God is to let us participate in spreading his good news to others. She has joined my core and I can't wait to see what God does in her life this year. 

First TNF of the year. We streamed from Northeast Church.

Instead of doing Thursday Night Fellowship this year we have decided to do a series on the book of Mark that we are calling Deep Dive. We are unable to meet as a whole community due to Covid so we wanted to do something different this year and do it well. Each week we will dig into a chapter of Mark and have a longer teaching time for students to really encounter the text. I am so excited to see where it goes!

The first Deep Dive of the year! Did a zoom watch party with my core.

Cores also started this week and have been so successful and good. I am really excited to see what God does with our core this year. Be sure to check out the student testimony below and as always thank you for your support!

In Christ,
Emily Umstead


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