June Update!

We're officially done with the apprenticeship! It's pretty crazy, but I'm super excited to see what God does with us all next year.

We did something new this year. While half of our staff was at May SICM (Student Institute of Campus Ministry - the week long conference in Washington state), we hosted a Bible boot camp. Here, the students spent an entire week, 9-6 from Monday til Friday, reading and discussing the Old Testament. It was so neat! There were about 11 UTD students who showed up consistently throughout the week, and at the end of it, we had a lunch together and celebrated our new Biblical literacy. We hope to actually do another one in July with the New Testament, so I would love prayer that students continue to show up and that God blesses it!

Our Bible Boot Camp fam
On May 30th and 31st, to wrap up the apprenticeship, all of the apprentices this year gave sermons about our biggest takeaways. It was a pretty neat way to see how God had moved in and changed all o…

May Update

Hi all! I really can't believe we're almost at the end of the school year. I'm pretty sure this semester started last week, so it's weird that it's almost over. Also I would like to apologize for my lack of pictures in general. I take literally zero photos ever, so y'all are pretty lucky to get two this month. 😉

One of our biggest events this month was the Rez Fair, an event hosted by all the Christian ministries in the middle of campus to celebrate Jesus' Resurrection. We did it the week before Easter, and invited each ministry to set up their own booth. Various students participated in live bands and sang worship music. Some groups did posters with spiritual questions. One did Henna art with gospel stories. Some students drew messages in chalk. We played games and had snacks. My favorite part was that, welcome people into the event, we had a big wooden cross and on it, we invited people to write things that they didn't want to carry alone. It was a r…

April updates

Another month has come and gone, and we're almost finished with the school year! It's crazy to me how fast it's flown by. This month, I wanted to ask you to pray for some of the girls in my core. I won't share their names, but I would love it if you could take the time to pray for them individually.

The first girl has been a consistent figure in our core all year. She is super friendly and has made an effort to get a lot more involved in the broader FOCUS community this year. Unfortunately, she's really been struggling with depression and anxiety and at times, it's really hindered her ability to be involved. I'd love prayer that God just completely takes away that burden from her.

The second one is studying Focus on Jesus (our one-on-one Bible study) with me. She asks great questions and is amazingly teachable, and we're almost finished with the study! She has also been super faithful in coming to core, but is learning how to balance spending time with …

I'm staying on staff!

Hi friends! Thanks so much for reading my monthly updates! I have a couple updates and a super exciting announcement for you this month.

Number one, I'm super excited to announce that I'll be staying on staff after my apprenticeship ends! The plan is to move over to Collin College and stay there for a year, and after that, see what God does. That means that I'll be contacting all of you who support me in the next few months to ask if you'd like to continue to support me throughout next year, so if you want to be praying about that now, that would be amazing. Thank you!

Collin students at Winter Camp earlier this year! These are the people I will get to work with starting in August. 
Secondly, I've had a lot of people ask me how I fill up an entire week with ministry, so I wanted to show you what my schedule typically looks like.

Pretty much anything that says "Meet with ___" means I'm meeting up one-on-one with a student or occasionally another staff …

Beginning and Deepening Relationships

Winter Camp was a huge success! We had hundred of students from campuses all over the DFW metroplex come worship God for four days in a row. Each day we had one or two sessions with worship before and a guest speaker, John Stackhouse from Regent University. The talks were incredibly powerful and if you're interested in checking them out, they're available here. (They're actually pretty short and inspirational. I'd most recommend the Sunday night one.) Two girls from our small group (Wulan and Nathalie) came, and the four of us (two of them plus Ada and I) were able to grow a lot closer together.

This is during one of our worship services at camp (If you want to hear the songs we sang all during camp, here's a Spotify playlist of the whole thing!)

John Stackhouse speaking at Winter Camp 
We had a particularly bonding experience at the Sunday night service. Every few years, we do a lament service at Winter Camp, where we give people space to grieve things they've…

Karaoke, Skits, Sermons and More!

Our year ended with a couple big events. First, we had one last Christmas themed outreach event we dubbed Christmas carol-oke. We had a live band set up in the middle of campus and invited people to come karaoke to Christmas songs. Our hope was mainly to just get our name out there and to build some friendships with UTD students we may not meet otherwise. It went great, and all the students had a lot of fun!

My new small friend Jackson and I dancing to Christmas songs at carol-oke

To wrap up the year for the students, we had our annual Christmas party. The UTD apprentices - me, Emily McDonald, Darby and Drew - were in charge of planning the party. We settled on a beach theme, and every year, we encourage the student small groups to put together a short skit or song to perform in front of everyone.

Ada's and my core + Meg and Andrea's core in our skit attire

A video of our core skit! 

In addition to each core doing a skit, the UTD staff also gets together and does a skit, so he…

Thank you!

This month, because we just had Thanksgiving, I want to take a minute and express how thankful I am to be working on a team with such amazing people. I don't have time to talk about everyone I'm thankful for, but here are just a few.

This is Wulan, and I am really proud of her. About halfway through this semester, she made a decision to make Christian community a priority in her life. And boy has she succeeded. She's been one of our most consistent core members since then. She came to Pizza Theology just to learn more about the story of the Bible (an incredible, but somewhat intimidating event with hundreds of students from around DFW), and she's faithfully come to study Genesis with me almost every Tuesday.

Here, on the left is Emily. I get to work with her and two other apprentices on the UTD campus. Emily has an incredible heart for people, and I'm so encouraged by the work she is doing. She leads a small group like mine, and it's so clear that everyone in he…