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Winter Takeaways

Over the last couple of weeks most of the students at UT Arlington left campus and returned home to their families in order to celebrate the holidays with their loved ones. While Hayli and I also had the opportunity to go visit our families, over the winter break I felt like God had a lot he wanted to teach me and remind me of. So below are a few key takeaways. I hope that they serve as an encouragement to you today!

1. God is raising up ministers of his truth every day!
A few weeks ago, the campus ministry apprentices on our staff shared their first sermon. Their subject was "this is my gospel" and it was an opportunity for them to share all of the ways that they had seen God be good and faithful to them in their lives, and how His love had been and continues to transform them. What I love about the way that pastors join our staff is that we rarely hire from the outside, but God has faithfully brought up students from within the ministry who make the decision to dedicate an…
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Thanksgiving

Hello friends,

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog, and thank you for all of your prayers and support. I pray that in some way that what you read here will be as much of an encouragement to you as you have been to me. 
The semester is coming to a close here at UT Arlington. Many of the students are currently taking their finals, some will soon be graduating. So just the other evening we had our whole leader team together and took time to just give thanks to God and share stories of what he has done in the lives of college students this semester. There were students emphasizing how much they've been learning from scripture, students expressing how much they have benefited from the friendships that they have been experiencing in core, stories of students ministering to their peers about the truth and good news of Jesus. I'm so thankful for all that God has done. I'm specifically very grateful for each one of these student leaders. Every single one of them takes t…

The Fruit of Your Investment

Hello friends,

I just wanted to write to you and let you know of some of the most encouraging things that I have seen God doing at UT Arlington over the last month. I pray that you are well, and that this update serves as an encouragement to you today. The Lord is greatly at work in this world. And he is calling all people to know him and to praise his name, including college students!
We recently invited a large number of our students to a biblical leadership conference and a great deal of them came! From 9am-5pm on a Saturday the students listened to respected elders in some of the local churches about the importance of reading scripture, and implementing the use of sharing scripture in their ministry with those that they are leading. To many of our young students it not only inspired them again to read the word more often, but it has also sparked important conversations in our community about how we can best minister to one another out of the word of God and not simply out of our o…

Fall Camp and Good News

Hello Friends,

I just wanted to write and update you on some things I have seen God doing at UT Arlington over the course of the last month in hopes that these stories might serve as an encouragement to you. As always I am encouraged by my friendship with each of you. Every month that I write one of these updates, I am filled with gratitude for each one of you as I reflect on your partnership in this ministry. None of what I get to do at UT Arlington would be possible without your support so before I begin sharing the stories over the last month I want to reiterate my thanks. I pray that the Lord continues to bless you beyond what you ever thought imaginable.

Over the last month Hayli and I have been inviting the students from our leader team over to our apartment for dinner! It has been so encouraging to hear how God has brought each one of these students to UT Arlington and how God has used Christian community to inspire them to want to make disciples of Jesus on their college campu…

Giving Thanks

I am sitting here this morning after a long and exhausting two weeks. Classes started at UTA a little over two weeks ago and along with the classes came the return of all of the students. Thousands upon thousands of college students, many of whom were walking into campus for the first time. And because of you our student leaders were there. Our student leaders were there to meet these new students, welcome them onto campus, help them move into their dorms, connect them to friends, invite them to fun events, share jesus with them and invite them into Christ centered communities. All of this is evidence of God’s spirit at work here on the UT Arlington campus. So I’m thanking God this morning. Im thanking God for a hard working student leader team that is as dedicated as I am when it comes to reaching out to their peers with the good news of Jesus. I’m thanking God for his divine appointments. I can’t tell you how many students we met this week who shared how lonely they were feeling, o…

Finding Yourself In The Story

Dear Friends,

I am excited to share with you this morning what I believe God has been doing in the lives of college students at UTA over the course of this last month. I have seen college students share with their peers the good news of Jesus. I have seen students willingly put aside personal gain in order to bless those around them. And I have seen students build community and unite around the reading of the word of God. And I can't thank you enough for your role in all of this. Because of your support of college ministry Jesus is making a very real difference in the hearts and in the spiritual maturity of this younger generation.
This summer we have been doing outreach and evangelism on the college campus every single week. We have met and had conversations with a great number of students. Many of whom we have gotten their phone numbers and have invited into Christ centered community! This is one outreach display that I found to be really exciting. Pictured above are different s…

God Writes New Chapters

Hey there! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this blog post. I pray that you find it to be encouraging as you read about what God has been doing in the lives of college students all across DFW. Over the summer I continue to get to meet with students, study scripture, and spend time enjoying fellowship. Every week we have summer focus where the students come, connect with one another, listen to a sermon together, and worship God together. And after each Thursday Night Fellowship usually we go do something fun and sweet together like the birthday party above. Chris is a guy who is new to our ministry, the rest of these guys have done a great job being his friend, welcoming him in, and making him feel special. Chris' gratitude for his new friendships is so evident when he speaks. Thank you for providing a place for young men to experience friendships like these. I saw these journals pictured above while I was visiting the apartment of one of our student leaders Colton Ben…