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Mustard Seeds

Hello Friends, I pray that this blog post finds you well today. I'm so thankful for your prayers and for you support of college ministry. As I write this I'm reminded of how Jesus describes the Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew 13:31-32.
"He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
That is largely how I see God working here at UT Arlington, sometimes the action we take in bringing Jesus to our peers can seem small, but in time God uses the seeds we plant to bring about his kingdom in powerful ways. I'm so grateful for that. I hope that the stories below encourage your spirit and affirm for you again today how God is truly at work. 

A Chalk Advertisement, one of several around campus. I personally met several students this last week who ended up coming to our Thursday Night Fellowship because they saw these! I'm grateful that God works through things as simple as chalk to bring people into something as beautiful as a community of believers worshiping our Lord together!

About half of the students at last weeks TNF after the service was over, sticking around to hear a workshop from a team of missionaries on the topic of World Missions and why God cares about reaching all nations with the good news of Jesus Christ.

Grabbing dinner at Wendy's with one of our student leaders named Stephen Allen. Stephen loves God and is so grateful for the impact that college ministry has had on him. He is passionate about helping to point other young men towards Jesus and he's doing a great job of it!
Hayli and I are continuing to host one of the pairs of the student leaders at our house for dinner each week. This week we had Emily and Lauren over and played catchphrase afterwards. Our hope is to have opportunities to encourage and pray for the student leaders that give so much of the time of their year in order to point people towards Jesus. We want them to know how much God loves them and how grateful for them we are.

A few exciting things below. The first one is a formal invitation to our Open House event this Saturday the 9th at UT Arlington. We will have students sharing their testimonies on how God has used college ministry to impact their lives. We will also be hearing from different parents and loved ones on how they have seen God use college ministry to change the hearts of their student. Anyone is welcome, it will be an evening of giving God all the glory for what he is doing here at UT Arlington. I would love for you to come and hear from the students here yourself. I'm so grateful that you have provided for them a place to come and know God more. I pray that somehow you'll get to see the full impact of your generosity. Open House is this Saturday the 9th at 5:30PM at UT Arlington in the SEIR Building Room 198. I hope that you can make it! And lastly is the student testimony for this month! Thank you again for all of your support. Please let me know if there is anything I can be praying about for you, or if there is anything more that I can do to express my gratitude.

In Christ,
Austin


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