"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:21
Part of going on staff entails raising support again for the next three years. And phew, I've really hit the ground running. I have absolutely loved getting to catch up with many of you and hear about your years and the way God has shown up. It has been so encouraging to hear you take pride in me and my participation in God's work this past year, but also watching me grow over the course of the past decade or so. Your efforts in ministry have also been a great encouragement to me to see how a disciple lives in different stages of life. I hope to continue to meet with everyone that I can and be able to spur one another on throughout this summer.
"Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds" Psalm 71:17
I got to visit both of my homes in the past month! I took a week in Washington to visit my supporters there, and it was so awesome! I got to visit my home church and see a lot of the people who had a part in my upbringing in the Lord. I hope to continue to encourage you all reading this just as much as you have encouraged me in my childhood and in my present pursuit of the calling God has given me here. The picture on the left is where I got baptized!
I also was able to visit home in California where my family lives. Father's day was that weekend so I'm thankful that I was there! My siblings and cousins were all in town and it was a great blast to be able to hang out and catch up with them as well.
"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective" James 5:16
Every summer we continue to meet together by combining all of our campuses together for the students who are still here. It's a great place to continue students' growth during the months of summer, and they absolutely love being able to see each other even while school's out.
Last night during our weekly gathering, I introduced myself to a student and struck up a conversation. During the conversation he confided that he was not doing well in school and was worried about telling his parents. I asked questions, counseled him, and encouraged him to trust in those who love him. I ask that you would pray for this student and others like him who are going through similar situations.
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" Romans 8:28
Thank you to all my supporters this past year! Your consistent prayers, encouragements, and financial help have been integral to the role God has given me here in Dallas. Thank you to all who I've been able to meet with so far for your support and trust in me. I'm looking forward to meeting with the supporters who I have not gotten around to yet. And I hope to be able to meet with all of you again soon!