20 Year Celebration
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." Psalms 126:3
On October 8th, we celebrated 20 years of existence for FOCUS. We had donors, supporters, and alumni form all over come and share in this celebration. Hundreds came out to the event and eat, have fun, and fellowship with each other, young and old. It was an awesome time to really take a step back and see what God has done here for the past 20 years. From a small little campus ministry on one campus to one that is on nine campuses across the metroplex, God has really done some amazing things.
"But if we walk int he light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." 1 John 1:7
We had our Dallas fall camp on a weekend and it was a blast. We had over 150 students come out to join in a short retreat. A major part of the camp was the student testimonies. Instead of a sermon in each session we had multiple students prepare and share testimonies on how they had been brave. Students shared about confessing and coming into the light, forgiving family, learning how to reach out to others, and they really set an example and impacted their peers.
Jesus and Politics
"Jesus said, 'My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place." John 18:36
Finally this coming Saturday, Sarah Hubbard and I will be teaching a seven hour class on Jesus and Politics or what we like to call, "Jesus: The Man, the Myth, the...Politician?" With all the controversy and talk surrounding this election season we thought it best that we talk with our students, discuss, and teach how to think like a Christian even in the political arena. We want to convey that God's values are different than any one party can contain, that He has called us to care about our neighbors and their well-being and politics is one way we can do that. We've put so much work into preparing this class and I'm excited to see how it goes! Please pray for us!
"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity" Proverbs 17:17
My brother has come to join the ranks of Uengs in Texas (of which I was the only member previously). It has been great showing him around, introducing him to FOCUS and friends, and him cooking and cleaning up after me! It reminds me a little of Epaphroditus and Paul, that Epaphroditus was sent to deliver a letter to Paul and help him in his daily ministry just as the church in Phillipi that he came from was supporting Paul financially. I have to admit that my room becomes a huge mess throughout the week, particularly these past few weeks when my weekends are taken up by events and appointments. Paul hasn't just keep my room tidy, he cleaned it when he arrived, and he has made my bed after I've already taken off most days. This help is a metaphor and a reminder of your support for me. I'm always so thankful and filled with joy when I think of all of you, my supporters, and I jump at opportunities to spend time with any of you. I pray that your ministries are also being blessed and that we can encourage each other in times of joy and in times of sorrow.