Like every month, January has been a blur of activity! I'll give you a quick run down on all the cool things!
We, the FOCUS staff, started back to work January 2nd with us interns taking two days to read through the entire New Testament. We had taken about 10 days back in August to read the Old Testament all the way through, so it was pretty cool to finish that up. One of the things that was so cool to me was to see quite vividly how the books of the Bible interact with each other and the amazing story that they weave from Genesis to Revelation and how we are still part of that story today! Even though reading all of this in a matter of two weeks total is rather impractical for most everyone else, I would strongly encourage you to read all the way through some day, if you haven't already! Discover the whole story!
That first weekend in January, we had our winter staff retreat! We went to a huge log cabin retreat
|Pie Happy Hour!|
I had so much fun, I only had my phone out for this one picture ---->
But pie happy hour is a great bonding experience! ;)
The other BIG DEAL that happened in January was Winter Camp!
|My first Winter Camp in 2010|
I love Love LOVE Winter Camp! Each year, all of the different FOCUS campuses get together for this one retreat and each year it has been so impactful. Some of the things that amaze me each year are:
- how different each campus is, yet students can make friends and relate to each other because of their common ground in Jesus.
- how God moves through special events and speaks truth through other people.
- how much it grows each year! We had 500 students this year!
-how God grows community and closeness through kids spending a weekend with each other.
|All six ministries together!|
|My Twin, Melissa! And a bear.|
|Worship the last morning.|
So now the rest of the semester begins!
Updates and Prayer RequestsSchedule: We're beginning our third week of school at UNT and I'm starting to fall back into a normal schedule. I would ask for your prayers in that, as it's been a harder adjustment this semester! Most of my things are during the morning and day now, so homework for my classes has to happen at night...with a husband and a dog that I would muuuuch rather spend time with, that's been hard to prioritize.
|Our puppy, Camilla! She likes outreach on campus!|
#FOCUS140: This was the fundraising initiative back in November to help jump-start the new ministries being planted at UT Arlington and NCTC. The grand total from that was $31,000!! Thank you for your participation and prayers for that initiative.
UTA & NCTC: Please be praying for these new ministries that will be started in the fall! UNT's own sweet Sarah King will be heading up UTA with another staff member to lead that out. Please pray for smooth moving transitions for all of them, including the students who are choosing to do school at UTA specifically to help start this ministry. We're very excited about the potential it has, as only THREE PERCENT of it's entire student population are involved with any kind of ministry.