Saturday, November 1, 2014

October

Remember when October was just a thing of the past? How did that even happen?!
This was such an eventful month and I can’t wait to tell you all about just the highlights! Prepare yourself and stick with it, all the way to the end! =)

First things first.

You guys are just the best! I am so thankful for each of you and how you’re partnering with me in ministry this year. Philippians 4:4-7 has been my theme this last month. It says:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.   

The word “gentleness” can be translated “lack of franticness.” In this crazy busy time of life, that is what I need more of in my life and what gentleness I DO have, I know comes straight from God. I know each of you is living a busy, fast-paced life, too. This is what I have been praying for you guys, as well, presenting each of you with thankfulness. Thank you for being my ministry partners!


Second things next.


Wedding News! 

 

One of you, -cough-Sam-cough - requested that I tell a few more personal things, as he’s involved in the campus ministry and wanted to know how to pray for me specifically, not just events. So here’s what’s going on with me!

By the next blog I post, I will be a married lady! Wooooo! There are two weeks to the day right now and I couldn’t be more excited! It’s been a challenge this semester not to get overwhelmed with working full-time with FOCUS and all the things that come with planning a wedding. Hence my theme verse this month!

Austin and I have started putting together our apartment. All of the big things are in place for the wedding and special family members, like my sister & her family from Germany have started to trickle in. Now it’s just a waiting game!

My prayer request in this time is that I stay focused and fully present in life outside The Wedding. I want to continue to give my best to my peer team girls, to my studies, and to all the activities we’re doing to impact the campus, and that’s gotten a little harder lately.  I’m really excited to have wedding planning time back to do other things instead!

Fall Camp! 

 

Playing team building games!
The Peer Team of Awesomeness
Praise and Worship
We took just under 200 students to a Mount Lebanon Camp back at the beginning of the month. The purpose of Fall Camp is to build deeper relationships between the students and each other, especially within their cores. I absolutely loved it this year! It was a little different, as you would expect in helping put on an event versus participating in it, but it was so encouraging to me. Seeing the growth in our campus since 2010 is just astounding! Hearing the things God did in students’ heart over the weekend is so sweet!
One thing that really blessed me was that we took several special needs students. I loved seeing them interact with everyone and the way that our students went out of their way to make sure that they were included (even if this meant carrying a wheel-chair up and down stairs!). I think it says a lot about a community that really strives to include everyone, whether it’s a special need, a social awkwardness, or just being very different from anyone else.

Leadership Conference 2014!

 

We had a church wide leadership conference that involved three church plants and our six campus ministries for anyone who is a leader, with or without a leadership title. This was such a fun Saturday! From 8:30am to 5:30pm, we listened to several different speakers as they cast the vision for our church body.

I think one of my favorite parts was hearing from different people in the community of their vision for the church and what that looks like in their lives. There were businessmen, moms, pastors, campus ministers, and students - all living for Jesus and having one united vision of making Jesus known, but that happening in a variety of ways. It was encouraging to see how God is working in different people and the ways that He uses their lives to get His work done!

Core Visits!

 

At least twice a semester, I visit my peer team girls’ cores. I absolutely love getting to visit them! It’s a lot of fun just to see how my girls that I meet with weekly lead together and the dynamics of their core, but then it’s so amazing to see how God is working in each one. Some of the topics I’ve sat in on now include Judgement & Forgiveness, Doubts, Time Management, Spiritual Friendships, Vision, and Different Ways to Worship. God is working in these groups and through these student leaders to build true Jesus disciples out of their peers. How cool is that?

Last things...last.

Highlights, guys. Just highlights. I wish I had time and space to tell you about every single outreach event we do bi-weekly, about all the things I’m learning in my internship classes, and about how God is just stretching me through so many different things! He’s doing a lot and it’s so good! I’m very blessed to be part of His work in this capacity and I'm glad y’all are right there with me. Keep me posted on how to be praying for each of you specifically. I love you guys!

1 comment:

  1. Great post, Miriam. I am excited for your wedding and glad to see you are keeping things together as the big day approaches. You are such a blessing to your peer team girls!

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