For such a short month, December was quite jam-packed with so many blessings from above! I hope that all of your Christmas traditions and New Year's celebrations went well and those who went home to family had a great time with your loved ones.
"Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart." Proverbs 3:3
December was kicked off right with an end-of-year high school-themed Christmas party. This is such a great time of year where the atmosphere is just electrified with good feelings. We spend holidays with family, so we recreate that type of environment because this community is a family to our students. So, even though most of us head home for the holidays we have already spent part of it with our family here at UTD. The main event at this party was the core competition. Each core that participated would perform a Christmas-related song. And you know what? My core won! It was a great bonding experience for all of us, and the amount of relationship-building that happened through that hilarious performance was worth all the practice. You can watch our performance here! You might think we look a little weird in the picture, but that's because we dressed up as the "Cool Clique" to match the high school theme of the party! Just more crazy things to bring a group of guys closer together.
To get ready for the new semester, our staff had a retreat to regroup and plan ahead. It's so crazy to think that the year is halfway over. This group of people, and especially this intern class, have become some of my closest friends, and I can't imagine better coworkers to have and brothers and sisters in Christ. And now we're gearing up for winter camp, which is our biggest and most exciting event of the year! All of our campuses (now up to 8!) are going to be together for about four days, and it's going to be an amazing time to build this community and individual relationships. I cannot express how excited I am to see the powerful ways God is going to move this next semester.
"Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:16-17
As always, thank you so much for your support. Not just financial, but your prayers and your encouragements that remind me of what a great team I have behind me. I don't get to see many of you very often, but the moments I do I'm always humbled and grateful that you all believe in me. It serves as a reminder that my heavenly Father also believes in me. So thank you all for the role you play in this ministry and my life!