Hello everyone! I pray that your holidays have really been special this year. I pry that time with your family has been restful, and that the Lord has used this time of remembering His birth to strengthen your spirit. I pray that this letter and update will also serve to encourage you. I am always certainly encouraged whenever I think of you and your partnership in this ministry.
This is a fun, albeit blurry picture from our end of semester Christmas party. This years theme was Disney Christmas. These are a few of the guys that have been a part of my core group for this last semester. Troi on the left dressed as Maui, Josh in the middle as Kylo Ren, and Yafet as Mickey Mouse. Myself as Jolly ol' saint nick. This evening was filled with fun and laughter. There were definitely some great skits involved. But we also got to have a really sweet time of reading from the Gospel of Luke the story of Jesus' birth and then we all joined together in praise and worship to God as a response. I really love getting to meet with these guys each week and discuss with them life and Christ and discipleship. I would not be able to do any of that without your support, for which I am eternally grateful!
This is a photo from one of our last outreach displays of the semester. Every week our students are out on their campuses, meeting their peers and having spiritual conversations. Beyond that we emphasize to our students the importance of establishing relationships with the people that they meet so that they can extend to them Christ centered friendship and community. All of those notecards are responses from students that our students got to talk to that day during outreach. Your investment is definitely reaching a wide number of people. I can hardly begin to comprehend the impact!
I'm incredibly excited for what the new semester will bring. I have a few prayer requests that I would love for you to join me in.
1. Would you pray that our students will not only safely attend our Winter Camp coming up this next weekend but that God will meet them there and as a result student's hearts will be won to his kingdom?
2. Would you please pray for myself and the rest of the staff as we begin to discern who to select as student leaders in the next year? We start making invitations to our ministry training conference later this month. Pray that we would select people because of their heart for God and others. And not strictly for any externally visible skill sets that they might otherwise possess.
3.Pray for the continued maturity and spiritual growth of all of our current student leaders. God has given us such a gift in the form of these gifted and talented young men and women who are dedicated to making disciples on their college campuses. Please pray that God would continue to produce fruit out of this fertile soil so that the leaders of the church of the next generation continue to grow and mature into those roles now as leaders in college ministry.
Thank you again for everything that you do.