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January update

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Hey guys,

Happy new year! As always, I am excited to share our student update for the month. It's particularly exciting because it is someone from our campus at Collin College. Graham a good guy with a great heart and I'm excited to continue to work with him.



Keep Focus Growing:

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed and prayed for this campaign. Through y'alls support, and many other, God provided extravagantly and we went past the 50,000 goal. The official numbers are not in yet, but when they are I will be sure to let you know! Again, thank you so much for your generosity and compassion for our students, and for us.

Winter Camp:

My favorite event of the year is upon us. As many of you know, the first winter camp I attended with FOCUS was January 2013. I was in a weird place, mentally and had been for a long time. I didn't expect to encounter something so big when I went, but I can tell you that event was a catalyst for me turning towards God, for real for the f…

November update!

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Happy November, everyone!

This month's student testimony is from a guy named Josh over at our Richland FOCUS community. I actually got to know Josh a little bit during our trip to SICM this past May. He even got baptized during that trip, and though I don't know him super well, it's cool to read a more personal testimony and share his story with all of you! These are the kids y'all are investing in, and God is blessing them through you. Thank you for supporting our ministry! Read his story here:



Campus outreach:

Thank you so much for continuing to pray for our campuses and for the students we meet! During our formal campus outreach, we present questions about faith to the students at Collin College. Questions like "What do you pray for?", "Who do think Jesus is?", and "How can we pray for you?". It's been cool to see students being open to have these discussion and share thoughts even if they aren't necessarily from a Christian bac…

October update

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Happy fall, everyone!

Every time the weather gets nice, I get so excited. We only have a few months where scarves, boots, and coats are necessary and I am patiently awaiting for that day. I own way too many scarves for a woman who lives in Texas, but I'm excited to wear one maybe starting around Thanksgiving? Who knows.

I am so excited to tell you guys about this past month of campus ministry! First, I would like for you to read sweet Jocelyn's story.



Fall Camp Thank you all so much for praying for our fall camp! We had over a hundred students show up this year which is crazy big for a community college. Success isn't about numbers, but it was cool to see this many people show up. At fall camp, we played games, ate chik-fil-a, heard sermons from Garrett and Pedro, and participated in different forms of worship together. I know this experience was uncomfortable for a lot of people because it was uncomfortable for me at my first fall camp 5 years ago (yikes, im old), but it s…

September update

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Happy Fall, family, friends and supporters!

I am so excited that the school year is in full swing, and I am very grateful to get to hi light some of my favorite memories from the beginning of the school year so far.

Our first student testimony of the year comes from a guy named Michael who is a part of our UTD ministry. Please take a moment to read his story!


Welcome Week Typically during the first week of the school year at Collin, we will have one week of events to meet new students on campus and invite them into our community. Side note: we also do this throughout the whole year, it's just in a more concentrated way at the beginning of the year. This year we got to spend the first two weeks of school doing outreach events like Bad Tattoos, Football Bowling (fowling, or footbowling), and Where's Waldo just to name a few (pictures will follow). My favorite thing isn't necessarily the event itself, or the amount of people that come to FOCUS because of it. My favorite things…

August Update

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Hello! 
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I thought I would start this month off with some good news! 
Good News:
1. Many of you have partnered with me in ministry, and I should tell you that I am fully fundraised! Thank you so much for your prayers, financal support, and generosity. I look forward to sharing about this new school year! And I get to do that because of your partnership. Thank you!
2. We have selected our student leader team for the year! Yay! Please be praying for humility and urgency for them, and for the people they will get to meet throughout the year. 
This month, our student testimony comes from a girl who I actually got to sit next to on a plane on the way to Washington. Her name is Morgan, and it's so neat to re this and see how vulnerable and honest she is about how good God has been to her. Please take a moment to read this: 

SOOT:
This summer, our Collin team invited students to SOOT or Situational One on One Training. Our staff believes that &qu…

July update

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Hey, friends, family, and supporters!

I'm excited to tell you all about my summer! But first, I'd like you to take a moment to read this sweet testimony from my friend Ismael. I went to UNT with this guy, and my heart is so full to see how God has really worked in his life. You can read his story below:


SICM Debrief Last month, I told you guys all about SICM and how God was working in our students lives there. About a month after we got home, our Collin staff decided to get together with our students who had been to SICM and have a conversation about what God had laid on there hearts since getting back from Washington. It was so encouraging to hear our students talk about humility, faithfulness, grace, and the importance of reaching out to other people. Our students built friendships rooted in Christ, and it was so great to hear what they had to say about what God has been teaching them. I am so excited for these guys and gals to influence our community the way they have been i…

June

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Well my friends, my apprenticeship with Focus is over and I have now officially transitioned onto our senior staff. These past ten months have been such a rollercoaster of God teaching me how good he really is, and how he answers prayer. Thank you so much for supporting me, our ministry, and for being a part of it. I am so excited for this new year of getting to do college ministry. Please continue to pray that God will provide richly for our staff's fundraising, and for summer to be a refreshing, renewing time for our students.

This month's student testimony makes my heart melt because I got to know Michelle personally this past semester. She was a part of the core I co-led, she is responding so boldly to Jesus, and is passionate about college ministry. I even got to share a room with her at SICM in Bellingham, WA! She is such a good friend, and a truly answered prayer to our Preston Ridge campus. Below is her
testimony:






The main thing I want to talk about is SICM! Four year…