Gearing up for a great year of ministry!
|Myself, Miriam Freeman, Danielle Clark, Matt Clark, Brittany Tydlacka, and Cody McCarty. Our UNT, TWU, and NCTC Pastors at our summer retreat.|
|Our student leader team for UNT, TWU and NCTC at the Leadership Prep|
Welcome Week: The Monday after our leader prep weekend we start off all of our outreach efforts by helping move freshmen in. During that entire week the campuses have several events set up for people to get involved on campus. We also as an organization host several event to meet students. Out strategy during this week is to meet as many people as we can. From there we continue to invite them to large group events, out to lunch and just generally get to know them and introduce them to our community. From there we start gauging who is interested and consistent and we offer one on one bibles studies to anyone who is interested. This past week we started our small groups. One of our small groups had 17 international students come. That makes me so excited! We are reaching out to the nations right here on these college campuses.
|A group of us helping move students in on move in day!|
|This picture was taken at one of the girls small groups this past week!|
|We did an "Identity Board". Students could draw, or write something that defines them. This created great dialogue and helped us to meet a wide range of students.|
|Lawn games with free hotdogs and burgers.|
|We had a booth set up at the end of the week at NCTC's "Welcome Back Bash" we talked to people about our ministry and I did free face painting. It was as a hit.|
"I came to college knowing about God but not knowing God. I didn’t grow up as a Christian but went to youth group with friends in high school. As an overachieving perfectionist I saw church as a place to prove myself. Religion was a set of rules explaining how to be “good”. As is all too common, I had completely missed the point of Jesus.FOCUS quickly turned my attitude about God upside down. Seeing so many people who were willing to say “these are my flaws. I’m not good, but God is” was life changing for me. These people clearly knew God and had a relationship with Him. Yet they weren’t perfect and weren’t pretending to be. It’s still difficult for me to remember that I can simply accept God’s grace; He wants me to have it. I constantly have to remind myself that I’m not responsible for earning grace on my own. God has a sense of humor. Shortly after leaving UTD, God called me to Thailand. I now live in a country that is 95% Buddhist. I am immersed in a culture that is obsessed with earning merit. I see the Thai people worship idols and give offerings, and it breaks my heart. Then I look at my own life and see that, in my own way, I am trying just as hard to earn merit. God is so strategic. He puts you exactly where you need to be. He knew I needed to be in FOCUS. And now he’s brought me to Thailand to minister to people who share the same heart struggle as me. FOCUS changes students’ lives and then sends them out to minister to others. And because of that, I truly believe FOCUS will reach the world."