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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.
Some of the guys from UT Arlington throwing a birthday party for their new friend Chris.
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.
The journals of one of our student leaders Colton Benge
I saw these journals pictured above while I was visiting the apartment of one of our student leaders Colton Benge. The way he had titled the journals caught my eye. It is finished, life in the body, and send me. I asked him why he had titled his journals this way and his response really encouraged me. He said "Each one of those journals is from one of my years in focus. And each one of those journals is titled off something that I believe God was teaching me during each one of those years. So, with the It is Finished I felt like God was teaching me about his grace and how I don't have to work for his love for me, the second one is life in the body, that year I felt like God was really teaching me about the importance of Christian Community and how we all really need one another. And the last one is Send Me, this year God has been teaching me that I am a sent person and I need to make him known everywhere I go."

I was so encouraged by his response that I asked him if I could share that with all of you. Isn't it wonderful that God has been teaching Colton these truths? Isn't it wonderful that he is willing to teach us also if we will just listen? I love that God writes new chapters in our lives. I know that I have yet to fully figure out what it is like to be like Christ in every way. But I love that there are more journals to fill and that God is faithful to fill them.

Prayer Requests
  • I'm about 78% of the way to my fundraising goal for this year. I'm still looking to raise $600 more a month. Would you please pray with me for the rest of this fundraising season? And if you would please also prayerfully consider if there is anyone that you know that might be interested in hearing from me about God's work through Focus?
  • We are selecting our student leader team for this next year. Would you please pray for wisdom for the staff in making those decisions?
Thank you as always for your love and support! Don't forget to read the student testimony below!

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