"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes form God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." 1 John 4:7
This year we have over 100 students going to SICM, the Student Institute of Campus Ministry! This is our leadership conference that we send students to in Bellingham at Western Washington University. I and most of the other leader in the ministry have gone through this training and it was part of the reason why I committed to this ministry my freshman year. A community here in Texas that had ties to my home state of Washington seemed like a God coincidence to me. Our students have to raise a couple hundred dollars to go on this trip and many of our students have hosted fundraisers like pancake nights and spaghetti nights for the community to attend. And our students have really turned up! Each students has raised enough money to pay for nearly all of the trip per fundraiser. It's been amazing how the students band together and build community while lifting each other up!
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:36
This month we had a great corefa class for all of our core facilitators (small group leaders). Once or twice a semester, all of our corefas across our campuses come together to learn together on how to be better leaders. Along with teaching them how to lead cores (small groups) int o the next semester, we also had a focus on how to help others deal with sexual issues. In this day and culture, a large percentage of the population struggles with sex in some form or fashion. And this is just one of the issues that our corefas get to walk alongside other students and help them grow and mature into stronger men and women of God. These student leaders are not much older than the ones they minister, and sometimes they are younger, but they have made the commitment to help others grow, to be poured into by our staff and to pour into others. So pray for them as they near the end of the school year, that they and the students they minister to may be impacted for the rest of their lives.
"I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus." 1 Corinthians 1:4
One saying we have in the community is that "thanks never goes without saying". It means that we need to take every opportunity to vocalize our gratitude, even if we think it's being implied. So I never want to miss an opportunity to recognize that it's because of such great supporters that I get to do what I do. That I get to help equip students for life now and in the future. That I get to help make and mature disciples for the glory of God. So thank you all so much for all that you have done, for all that you do, and for all that you will continue to do in my life! Your impact has shaped me in more ways than we may ever know this side of eternity. Thank you so much!