Hey everybody! Summer is coming to a close! I know for many of you that summer is not much different than the rest of the year. Once you're out of school and/or you have no kids in school, nothing really changes about summer. There's no break, no enforced vacation, no excitement that comes with a break to the school year.
For us campus ministers, summer isn't a break from work, but it is a drastic change in work! From having meetings and Bible studies with students every day, teaching them about Jesus or building up their leadership, to spending a lot more time preparing for the new school year, planning welcome week and events, raising support, and dreaming/preparing for what God might do this next year.
It has been a blast getting to see so many of you this summer. With COVID, last year was a bit of a bummer not getting to travel and see you guys. But I'm so glad that this year worked out. Hopefully as things get better, I'll be able to catch up with so many more of you! Summer is really the time to spend time investing in relationships that I don't normally get to in the school year. So much time and energy is invested in these students to prepare them for their year of ministry and for ministry beyond college, that little is left over for the ones outside my immediate sphere. That's why I love the summer, I get to see old friends, catch up with you guys, and see how you're doing.
With summer ending, we're fast approaching our very first SICM (Student Institute of Campus Ministry) in Texas! Many of you know that we go to Bellingham, Washington every year to train our students in campus ministry skills and leadership. Unfortunately, that was canceled for this year as well. But we're excited to put one on ourselves for our students this year! But instead of doing it in May, we're doing it in August! We hope that this will bring momentum into the school year and that we'll be able to hit the first weeks of school hard in terms of meeting new students and befriending them!
Please pray for the beginning of this school year. It could go any number of ways. UTD is fully open and we are praying for safety and for renewed student life. This past year was a downer for so many of us, and we hope that the incoming students of last year and this year are excited to get involved. Please pray for open hearts and a big sowing season for us. We want students here, and we want a lot of them!
|First time with my niece, Nora!|
Thank you guys so much for all your support. Some of you it's your first year supporting me, and I'm so thankful for willingness to start! For some of you it's been many years, and I'm so thankful for your faithfulness. We couldn't do what we do here without you. I couldn't do what I do without you. God is moving here, and I'm so grateful to be a part of it. Visiting with you guys is always such an encouragement to me. Your hearts for Jesus, and your relationship with me fills me up as the next school year approaches. I hope you are doing well, and please let me know if there's anything I can do for you or pray for you about!