The school year will officially be over in just a few weeks and with that comes the end of an era. Our leader team will be different next year, and several of our seniors are graduating but God has always been faithful to us and he always will be.
Pictured above is our UTA Leader Team. I am so proud of each of them. After 2 years of a pandemic these students volunteered this year to befriend their peers and commit to making Jesus known on the college campus and I have loved getting to work alongside them. Every week these students led small group bible discussions with the people in their core, and studied the bible one on one with those same people, and met with campus pastors weekly to receive coaching, feedback, and encouragement. It is a large commitment to be a corefa. But God is so good to bring us these students who are not only willing, but who are excited to get to have the opportunity. So much of what God is able to do in our community is through these students who have stepped up, decided to lead, and who live like Jesus to their classmates and peers every single week.
Several of our students are graduating this year. Pictured above is our graduating seniors being sent off with a benediction to go and be a light for Jesus in their future workplaces. Some of these men I have gotten to know for the last 4-5 years and I know from the bottom of my heart that God has done a work in each one of them and that he will continue to bless them and use them to continue bringing his kingdom wherever these young men and women go. Nathan Baugh in the green shirt is getting married this summer to Parker the girl in the gray shirt and I have the privilege to officiate their wedding. I'm so honored to be asked to play that role in their lives. I couldn't be more excited to officiate the marriage of two young people who love God with their whole hearts. Pictured here we have students going into teaching, engineering, criminal justice, journalism, business and ministry. What a joy and a gift it is to get to be a part of their lives for as long as I have. Thank you for the opportunity.
A few weeks ago we had an event called Breakfast with the Boys. Young men from Focus, and a few men from the church I attend got together for breakfast and just hung out in a beautiful home for a few hours. I'm so thankful to be a part of a church body that has a vision for college students and wants to provide an avenue for them to be connected to older men and women and a church home where they can lead and serve upon graduating.
This is our end of year celebration. Pictured is 80 students worshiping Jesus right in the heart of campus. This room is the welcome center where every student considering coming to UTA will be given a presentation about why UTA should be their pick. Little do they know that waiting on the campus for them is a community like this who loves Jesus and wants to make them known.
And lastly, earlier I wrote about Nathan Baugh. I wasn't able to be present during the pictures taken of our leader team. But Nathan, loving me, decided to photoshop me in. Please enjoy his creative work. And don't forget to check out the student testimony below. Thank you again for all of your investment in the lives of these college students. Jesus is here. And he is changing lives.