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May 2019

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Hey, hey, hey, it's *Justin Timberlake voice* May!

Before I jump into to everything that is to come, I wanted to thank you for all of your prayers, support, and generosity. I specifically want to point out Spring Showcase. This is something that we labor over for months trying to plan and execute so that our students can go to SICM and encounter God in new ways, and be equipped to share the good news of Jesus on their campus. Spring Showcase was a success, and we couldn't have done it without your support. Thank you!

April 2019 update

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Hey, everyone!

Happy Spring! Speaking of Spring, I wanted to tell y'all about Spring Showcase one last time. It's only a week away, (April 6th) and I am so excited about what it's for. Every, year we send a bunch of students to Bellingham, Washington to be trained in the art of campus ministry. The conference is called SICM (Student Institute of Campus Ministry), and SICM just celebrated 26th year of training people. When I was a student at UNT, I was invited to SICM in 2013 with people who I would eventually work with on our staff, and with people who would become my best friends. All of these people are still on mission today. It was there that I caught a vision of what practical and biblical mission could look like on a college campus, in the workplace, and how to invite people into being transformed by Jesus. SICM is a unique gift that keeps on giving.

SICM is also expensive. With the rising cost of travel every year, it can be difficult to fundraise for 110 college st…

March update

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Hey everyone! Happy March!

I just wanted to start off by saying how thankful I am for all of you. Y'all have been so wonderful at responding to prayer requests for our students, and I can honestly say I'm seeing some real heart change from the Holy Spirit in our students lives. Thank you for being faithful in your support of campus ministry, and more than anything your prayer is the most vital part of it.

Speaking of heart change... this month's student testimony is from Evan at Richland College. I don't know Evan personally but I have seen him around a lot and it's cool to hear more of his story and how God has impacted his life. Take a peek:



Pizza Theology:
For this semester's pizza theology, we had our staff teach through Exodus. Rhett and Abbie from our UTD staff, Jalen from our UTA staff, Laurence from our SMU staff, and our very own Kristen from Denton staff did an amazing job leading our students to learn more about God from the Old Testament. I am always…

February

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Hello, all!

Happy February! I am so so so happy that I and most of you live in Texas right now, because that means we are escaping the polar vortex currently. I literally am not even a little prepared to deal with weather like that. It's one of the blessings I have been counting lately, our fair weather. What are the small blessings you've been counting lately?

As always, we have our student testimony for the month! I actually know this girl, and met her last May at our SICM conference in Washington. I have gotten to know her story over the last six months and I'm so encouraged by her spirit of perseverance, and service to our ministry. Nicole's story is powerful. Quick note: In her testimony, she mentions that she met a girl named Shayla at TWU. I am not the Shayla she is speaking about. She referring to another girl that was involved in our ministry last year, and I'm thankful God used that girl to reach out to Nicole.


Winter Camp:

This year, we had over 600 peopl…

January

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Hey, everyone! I hope your Christmas was a wonderful time celebrating the birth of Jesus with friends and family! As sad as I am about the Christmas season ending, I am excited for the new semester which starts very soon. I think the Lord is going to do something big this semester, but before I get into that, I would like for you to read about Timothy, a student from our UT Dallas campus. Have a peek!


Staff Retreat:
Every Winter, our entire FOCUS staff from all over the metroplex gets together for a 3 day retreat to meet, and discuss various things that help us prepare for the new semester. This Winter Staff Retreat was perhaps the most thought provoking one I've attended so far. We read The Life and Narrative of Frederick Douglass. It's about a former slave who fought tooth and nail to learn to read so he could  eventually escape the horrific slavery of the South and be free. This was a freedom that he prepared for years to execute, while suffering through some of the worst ex…

December update

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Merry early Christmas, everyone!

I pray that your season is merry and bright and filled with time spent with wonderful people whom you love. I know during this time of year, it can be easy for me to forget about the actual reason we celebrate this holiday. I think the older I get, the more profound the life of Jesus becomes to me, beginning to end. And the more profound his life becomes to me, the more affection the Lord gives me for campus ministry. There is a very real threat to college students, especially at UNT, and the healing Jesus offers in transformative. So, I ask in the spirit of the season, please pray for radical encounters with the Holy Spirit for the students in Denton, TX.

As always, here is our student testimony for the month. This is one is close to my heart because I get to mentor her as she leads a group of young women at UNT in her small group. I've seen Crystal fight through anxiety and stay fiercely obedient to God. I've seen her fight against her natural …

November update

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Happy November everyone!

I hope this fall season has made everyone feel warm, cozy, and closer to loved ones. As always, thank you so much for how you support the mission of college ministry. Every week, I am humbled a little more in awe and wonder at what an important mission it is to reach college students. This is the time they are most open and willing to learn more about Jesus and we are lucky to get to do that in the freedoms this country offers and in the context of a healthy community. So, thank you!

As always, we have our student update! Though he is no longer a student, this is exciting because I actually went to school with him. His name is Kurt Doty and he has been a part of our student ministry, church family ministry, and has been helping out with our SMU plant since it began in 2017. Please take a moment to read his story.


Pizza Theology:

Every Fall and Spring, FOCUS puts on something we call Pizza Theology. This is a time where all of our campuses come together to learn…