|First Friday Night Fellowship of the semester!|
At NCTC this past week I met a student there who told me he had the choice to go to UNT or NCTC. He said he chose NCTC over UNT. I asked him why, my though was probably to save money. He told me ever since he started coming to NCTC last semester he has been talked to by so many students and he said the campus feels like a community. This was such an encouragement to hear! When we started reaching out to the NCTC Campus three summers ago, students did not want to hang out or participate in events on campus. They wanted to go to class, finish at NCTC and transfer to a university. Each year this dynamic changes more and more as we continue to be persistent in meeting students, hanging out with them, and building a community there. The Spirit really is working on this campus! I think there are big things in store for NCTC.
|This was on our first day at NCTC this past week. Pedro, Eryka, and Kasey are students who attend NCTC and help me lead that campus.|
|This was taken at the end of our cookout. It doesn't very well capture the amount of activity this event brought about, but we fed close to 200 people and were able to meet so many students!|
|Some of our UNT student leaders at Move-In Day|
Two of the guys I meet with this year are Seniors. They both help lead on our Worship Team this year and have been Corefas (small group leaders) in the past. While meeting this week we started talking about 'mission fields'. In some ways their mission fields are starting to change now that they aren't leading a Core group and will be graduating soon. The transition out of college proves to be a challenge for most students, even those who are active disciples as college students. For these students in our ministry it's hard to transition into the workforce and know how to implement the tools they were given for making disciples as college students. The tools can translate to the workforce but how you use them is different. The way of life of a college student is vastly different from a 9-5 lifestyle, you have to have a different strategy for meeting people and building deeper friendships. When I was talking with David and Nathan about this, it was such a great reminder, that no matter how many people we have attend our Core group or how many one-on-one studies we do, Jesus doesn't evaluate us by our abilities and the number of people we have impacted. He wants us to be obedient in whatever phase of life we are in and do our best to reach out to others. He wants us to reflect his love to those around us and we should be diligent and hard working in doing so; not because we need to prove ourselves to Him, but because he loves us and we should want everyone to know the love of our Father. So, whatever phase of life you find yourself in, work hard to reflect the love of Jesus to those around you for the glory of God.