First, know that I am SO thankful that you are reading this! It is such an honor to have your attention for a minute and I am incredibly eager to share with you what I've been up to and what God is doing.
I just completed the first week of doing my apprenticeship with F.O.C.U.S. and man has it been a long, but very rich one. College courses have not yet begun for students on the campuses we minister to, so right now the apprentices have just been learning...and learning...and learning more! We have read from Genesis to Joshua in the past week while also listening to Iaian Proven's lectures (from Regent College) in addition to having our own class discussions (shout out to Brandon and Victoria for leading those- they have been great!). It's been a pretty hefty work-load, but I have already gotten so much out of my experience. I have been challenged (and will continue to be) to think about and wrestle with parts of God and things in scripture that make me very uncomfortable, but I know this is valuable and I am deepening my understanding of God's goodness. I also am so glad I get to do it with such a sweet group of people by my side.
Here's the apprentice ladies:
We've only really known each other (apart from some Zoom interactions) for about a week, but I am already so excited for the fruit these relationships will produce. Having this small group to walk through this season will be such a blessing.
Side note: We also got ordained this week! It is encouraging and empowering to be a woman in ministry.
I also wanted to say- even though I have only been doing this for about a week, my preparation began long before that, especially considering fundraising. For those who don't know, I have fundraised my salary for this year to be able to do my apprenticeship with F.O.C.U.S., but I would imagine many of you reading are actually supporting me, so
I have been so in awe of God's goodness and provision for me through the generosity of His people. I hit my fundraising goal and even got to increase my budget a bit because of how generous people were. WOW. I still can't get over the fact that so many people have demonstrated love for me and to God's kingdom work by giving financially.
To my supporters: Y'all are incredible and I cannot begin to express how thankful I am. Your generosity has made me more generous.
Can you believe I wrote so much and it's only been a week? I look forward to sharing about this next month with you all! Here is the biggest thing you can be in prayer for right now:
- WELCOME WEEK! This is a time where we typically meet new students who are moving in and fresh to campus. It's a great opportunity to invite people into loving, Christ-centered community, but this year is going to look very different due to the challenges Covid-19 poses, so please pray for our wisdom in going about how we reach students in these times and for receptive hearts as we invite people into friendship!