|Hannah and I tabling outside the UTA library, |
interacting with the students who pass by!
Wow, I cannot believe it has been a full month already! Where did the time go? I'm not sure, but God has really been using it. First off to my readers and supporters- THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS over Welcome Week at UTA! Prayers answered ten-fold, let me tell you all about it: Just about each night of the past week or so (beginning with August 22nd and still happening), we have been having informal hang outs (outdoors and masks required) on campus. We have been throwing frisbee, playing volleyball, and making crafts while inviting new people in to join us. It's incredible how many have been receptive to this invitation! We have been able to befriend so many students here. I believe this is partly the result of COVID-19 and the desperation people are feeling for social interaction because of it, but I believe even more so that this is due to God's spirit working in hearts all around us. We even had to split up our core-fas (our student leaders) around campus because too many students that we had met and invited showed up- what a blessing of an issue to have! (Don't worry, we were able to keep people in small, socially distanced groups!) I am beyond excited to share about the students who choose to stick around and invest more time in our ministry. I eagerly await the fruit that comes from new students being actively discipled by our returning students and staff members. Keep praying over those sweet souls we've recently encountered and are pursuing right now!
|First TNF! Filming and streaming from the Northeast Church.|
Things are really just getting started, but I do not doubt I'll have more specific and awesome stories to share in my next posts as the school year gets rolling.
- Over mine and Sam's core! We will start Tuesday September 1st and will meet every Tuesday from here on out. Pray for girls to experience community that models the kingdom of God and for Sam and I to be faithful disciple-makers.
NEWSFLASH: I am going to start including testimonies from FOCUS students at the end of my blogs to celebrate what God has done in our ministry and encourage those of you who support me or FOCUS with real examples of how your contribution is making a difference for God's kingdom!
Deanne's Prayer Requests:
- For our pastor's to have wisdom and perseverance to minister in these unprecedented times
- For our university and college administrators- that they can make both a safe and positive environment for students in the decisions they make.
Thank you so much for reading, praying, and supporting!