Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas season is really here, y’all!

Hey y'all!

With the holidays coming up, things are winding down a little bit with the students wrapping up their semester. It has been a tremendous honor and blessing to be able to do ministry with these students. Thank you for providing support for me and praying often so that I can focus all the attention I am able to on this opportunity!

Two of my sweet friends and corefas at UTD, Joseph and Sarah, got engaged this past week. This is a picture of the group that got to celebrate with them that afternoon!

Pizza Theology
Pizza Theology is an event we do once a semester with all of our campuses together. We spend five hours together: four hours in a lecture environment, and one hour in fellowship eating pizza, hence the name! This year, our topic was Hearing God’s Voice in the Modern Age. I think this topic was really able to minister to all of our students in some way. It is so easy to get caught up in the daily grind and spend a good amount of time using technology. This can impact us to a degree that we lose sight of the Kingdom and feel isolated from God. Our guest speaker, David Knebel, who flew in from Bellingham, WA, is one of the campus ministers at Campus Christian Fellowship, a ministry that we work closely with in training our leaders. He was so fun to listen to, and really effectively communicated ideas about the value of silence, praying for God’s will for other people, and practicing various spiritual disciplines.

Around 450 students showed up for Pizza Theology!

Parent night
Once a year, we set aside a night to invite our students’ friends and families to come see what FOCUS is all about. It is always so encouraging to hear from parents about how they’ve seen God working through their child’s life, and how it has impacted their family as a whole. This year was no different. One of our student’s mom spoke in front of the community about the conversations her and her son have whenever they get to spend time together, and she just continuously expressed her excitement that he desired to talk about God with her. She claimed to not be a great public speaker, but you'd never know that with the joy that radiated from her that came from God’s work in her son. Our sponsor at TWU-Dallas actually came to this event, and I am so glad she did! She left feeling so encouraged from hearing these parents' testimonies and is super excited that God invited her to be a part of this organization at TWU-D.

One of our TWU-Dallas core's friendsgiving. I love getting to know these girls and their hearts!

Some encouragements
This month, one of our campus pastors spoke about God’s grace amongst other things at Friday Night Fellowship in relations to 1 Peter 3: 8-12. She ended her sermon with a time for students to come up and respond briefly to the statement “Because of God’s grace, I can…” I want to share some of the encouraging ones to me that help encapsulate how I’ve seen God’s grace working in so many lives, including mine.

“Because of God’s grace, even though I am broken and I am messy, He can still use me to serve His people.” -Nathan

“Because of God’s grace, I don't have to expect everyone to be perfect.” -Emma

“Because of God’s grace, I can stop worrying about who is loving me, and instead focus on loving other people.” -Rhett

This is the card a girl who visited our core for the first time made for us. She was so kind and encouraging, and I am excited to get to know her more!

Keep FOCUS Growing
I am so excited to share about our 3rd annual campaign, Keep FOCUS Growing, with you guys! We just celebrated our 20 year anniversary, and this campaign will allow us to be ready for what God has in store for us in the next 20 years. For example, some of you guys may know that we are prayerfully considering planting FOCUS at Southern Methodist University. If this is something God calls us to, this fund will allow us to be ready to send campus ministers onto the campus to reach out to many more students there. Our goal this year is to raise $55,000! I want to invite you to join us in prayer over this campaign, and to consider making a gift at  Please like our Facebook page if you have not already, and share the exciting news with your friends and family.

God is doing wonderful things, and I hope that you are able to see a glimpse of the impact He is making through these updates. I am so, so thankful for each and every one of you, and I am praying for y’all as we move into the holidays. Merry Christmas and love you lots!!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness Kristin! I love the photos this month. What a feast your Core had for Thanksgiving! And a girl wrote you a thank-you note after visiting your Core?? How precious. You may be the first friends to reach out to her at school. What a neat opportunity. Love you Kristin!