Hey, there! Happy new year. A lot has happened since my last update. Here are a couple of student testimonies to start off with. Quick note - Ryan in January is a student at UNT, and we are so thankful for him!
My grandmother and the kindness of working with FOCUS:
In early December, I got the call that my grandmother was suddenly being put on at home hospice after recovering from Covid-19. She's elderly, has COPD, and has a couple other serious issues. Even though she recovered, it left her in worse condition and the best option for her is to be comfortable at home. She had asked for the family to be there during her last rites given by her priest - not sure if this is a common practice to have the family there, but we were there surrounded by a lot of love that she helped create. This all happened suddenly and would require me to miss two pretty important work days at the end of the semester. I called Brandon (our FOCUS director) and told him what was going on and he asked a couple of questions, expressed his sympathy, and told me to absolutely go be with them and be a light in this time of darkness and prayed for me and my family. And in the middle of that brief phone call I was in touch with the kindness of Jesus and I started weeping. I was just so thankful to get to work with people who care like this, who care in the most important way. It's moments like this where I understand how pain and grief can give life great meaning if you're in touch with Jesus, whether through other people, prayer, or much later in the grief process in some way. I just am so thankful for this staff. Our staff are not perfect, but they love God and it's evident by the way they love others around them.
I am really proud of our leader team. I know of a couple new students in our ministry who are very close to accepting Jesus through their friendship and being discipled by one of our student leaders. It's so incredibly cool to see Jesus at work during this crazy time. I've seen students reach out to people who live in different cities to study the bible together. I've seen students on campus reaching out to people sitting by themselves, in their classes, at work, etc. So thank you for investing in our ministry! I pray you get to meet some of them some day.