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He Is Faithful

Hello everyone! The first two weeks of classes, otherwise known as the Maverick Stampede, are behind us here at UT Arlington. It is odd to think that just two weeks ago the students who are now a part of our community and involved in our small groups, we had yet to meet. But we spent those first two weeks meeting as many students as possible. We were on campus every day attending every event at the university that we could and greeting countless students to UT Arlington for the first time. For many we had an opportunity to be their first group of friends in college. For some we were the first Christians they had ever interacted with. For nearly all we got to be a source of joy, and a welcoming face to an environment that can otherwise be pretty intimidating.


On Monday I hosted my first bible study with a group of guys, all new to UTA, and we discussed what it means to love others the way that Jesus has loved us. 

John 13
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you…
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Giving Thanks and Preparing for the Start of School

I want to start this month's blog by expressing my gratitude and appreciation for each one of you. We only have about a week and a half left before the incoming freshman will move into the dorms at UTA. The season of summer is quickly coming to a close and it won't be long until I will once again be on campus full time meeting with students.  I just want to say thank you to both those of you who have been my ministry partners for 2 years now, as well as to those who may have just joined in the last week or so. I don't think that any one of us are designed to do ministry alone. Each one of us, in one way or another, need the other. Whether that is prayer or encouragement or the funding of missions. It is together that we are the body of Christ, and it is together that I believe God will really use us to bring about His kingdom here on this earth. So I just want to once again say thank you. Thank you for being my partner in this mission of college ministry. I have no delusio…

Summer Plans

I have personally been reading through Proverbs again over this summer as a way to perhaps give myself a little refresher on wisdom and what it means to be wise. While reading I recently came across this well known passage.

Proverbs 6:6-8
"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander or overseer, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gather its food at harvest."

Similar to the ant, we as a staff are working hard this summer to make sure that when the fall comes there will be a great harvest  of students excited to hear about and live for Jesus!
One way that we are doing this is by working every orientation that is available! There are over 30,000 students at UT Arlington. If you divide that by class it's safe to say that there are around 6,000 freshman coming in every year if not more! These orientations are the first opportunity that we have to meet these incoming freshman and invite them into Christ centered community. In the las…

Reflecting on Another Year

Just about a month ago I got to attend, along with our students, a ministry training opportunity in Bellingham, Washington. That week of ministry training is called Student Institute of Campus Ministry or SICM for short. This was my third time having been able to attend SICM. Once 5 years ago as a student, once last year as an intern, and once this year after having completed my first year on staff. I would say that each time I've gone I've come away with something different, each lesson important in its own right. When I was a student my biggest takeaway was that I was no longer going to be a passive Christian. I wanted to take part in bringing God's kingdom to earth. I was going to bring Christ to my peers and be a visible light to the world around me. That really was such a trans-formative time in my faith, and I hope and pray that the same was true for some of the students that we got to send this year. My year as an intern one of my biggest takeaways was just the shee…

A Prayer Request

Hello Friends!

This will be a short post but I just wanted to ask for prayer for our students this week as many of them are in Bellingham, Washington this week at the Student Institue of Campus Ministry. They are here to learn how to be disciples of Jesus who actively go and make disciples of Jesus in their lives and on their college campuses. Please pray that our students will be open and listening to the Spirit during this week. That they would be great students of the Word. And that they would grow closer together in their relationships with Christ and with those around them. This week they will learn so many topics from some of the most qualified teachers I have ever heard but I am asking for you to join me in prayer so that the learning will be effective and God will use this week to change lives and impact this world as result. Thank you always for your support and encouragement. I love you all and I will always be grateful for your partnership.


In Christ,
Austin

End of the Year, Newness of Life

It is certainly strange to be writing this out and in doing so officially recognize it, but we are about one week away from reaching the end of the school year. I truly believe that God has been active and present on this college campus. I hope to use this post to share some of the encouraging stories in which I have gotten to see God at work in just this last month. As always, I want to begin by just thanking you for taking part. You may never get to realize the full extent of how God is using your support of college ministry to bring about His purposes but I really hope and pray that in reading this you will along with me be able to stop and catch a glimpse. Let's start with our leader team!

This picture features our leader team at UTA from this last year. Individually from left to right you've got Matt, JB, Brock, Ryan, Daniel, Sarah, Austin (Me), Rachel, Brooklyn, Leeann, Reneem Kassidy, Kaylee, Hallie, Kelly, and April. With the exception of the staff as seen below every…