January 2023 Ministry Life!
The beginning of this semester has been a whirlwind for sure! January is probably one of my favorite months. For starters, my birthday is in January 😉, but it's also such a refreshing start to a new semester of ministry! FOCUS puts on an annual retreat where all 13 campuses drive to a campsite and stay there for 4 days worshipping, listening to sermons, meeting old and new friends, and having a grand ole time. I personally have always found Winter Retreat to be one of my favorite things that this ministry does. I constantly see people break out of their shells, cores grow closer together, and we get to live in the country for a moment together. It's a great kickstart to the new year. Here's the Arlington Crew! From all the campuses, there were around 500 people. CRAZY
Things you can be praying for
- There is a girl I've befriended who is very adverse to God, and yet she likes spending time with me. We talk about all sorts of things, including spiritual; however, I'm also trying to show her that she can trust me as someone who cares about her. Could you be praying for her? That there's healing from the hurt she's had from Christians, and that she starts to see who Jesus actually is?
- It's become evident that so many people in our ministry are not happy being single. I've thought about singleness so much lately, and I truly believe that it's a gift and there can be real joy while being single. I've seen there be pressure to be in a relationship/married in order to have a full life, and I don't believe that's true. Jesus says that He offers true, real, good life. Please be praying that as I minister to these women, that they start to see that a relationship doesn't mean that they have "succeeded." I'm not sure if any of you have thoughts on this topic, but I'd love to talk to you about it if you'd like:)
- Our UTA Focus team started an sermon series for our students that's going to last the entire semester. We're preaching on the books of the Old Testament because, more and more, we've seen students afraid to read the Old Testament out of fear, boredom, or wrong assumptions of what it teaches. Could you be praying that our pastoral team will be able to preach in a way that accurately shows the truth and necessity of the Old Testament?
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