Friday, July 1, 2016

Getting It All Done

Wow, one month left before we're back to "normal." It's so funny what thirty days can do...I was reading last month's blog post and how enthusiastic I was in regards to it being summer! Thirty days of less structure, having a harder time meeting up with people and being out of town on fundraising trips every other weekend later, I'm honestly pretty exhausted. I always forget how important structure in my daily life is to me and when that's not present, how much I struggle to try to maintain productiveness on my own.
I know what I can do next year to structure my time and goals for the summer better because of this year, so hopefully next year will be even easier! Every year is such a learning experience!

So currently I'm feeling rather stressed to accomplish all of the things that must be finished before August 1st, like building our leader team and my ministry support team. I would love your prayers as my team and I work hard to get all of our summer tasks finished well in these next thirty days! Other than re-learning structure, June has been a really good, busy month!

T-minus 21 days til The Wedding!

A Trip to Kansas

My sister, Moriah, came into town for a shower and then to drive up to see Mom in Kansas. It was such a sweet time to spend with them and my step-father, Noel. Mom was able to go with us to get Moriah's wedding dress altered.

Mom isn't going to be able to come to the wedding because of her health, so that was an incredibly special time together and I'm so glad we were able to go. There's a lot of sadness revolving around Mom not being able to be there, so if you would continue to lift my family up in your prayers, I know we would all appreciate it.

Family time in Midland
(My dad, Tye's parents, Tye, Moriah & me)

A Trip to Midland

Just last week, I got to go out to my hometown! I was able to catch up with a lot of my ministry partners, which was one of my favorite parts. I love actually spending time with people and having face to face conversations. My ministry partners party was a hit! Thank you to each of you who came out to that. I also got to speak at my home church while I was there. It was such a sweet and humbling experience to reminisce about how FBC invested in me, setting such a great foundation for heading off to college. 

It was incredibly encouraging to me to catch up with each of you, my ministry partners. The way that you invest and pray for me and this ministry means so much to me. Not to mention the impact it has on the University of North Texas and God's Kingdom! 

A Student Testimony

I'm not sure if you get to read these each month (they're normally on the main page for staff updates on our website), but I wanted share this with you! This is one of our students from UT Arlington. I think she casts a clear vision of how important it is to be reaching out and welcoming the incoming students. This is a lot of what we've been doing at orientations this summer and will be doing hardcore once school starts in August!

Please take note of the prayer requests and join with me this month in lifting those up: 

-Fundraising: Our apprentices are pretty far behind on their fundraising, which is nerve-wracking for them. Pray that God brings in all of the funds for them and for our staff so that we can all be full time on campus with students. 
-Student Leader Team: It's our goal to have that solidified this next week, with hopefully around 60 leaders. 
-Incoming Students: Pray that their hearts will be open to the Lord and that they'll get quickly connected with friends who will help them engage with the Lord throughout their college experience.