Hello friends and supporters!
It's hard to describe how it's even possible this semester is almost over; it all seems like a blur. These past 6 weeks have been a mixture of insanely busy weeks and one very relaxing week. Since Thanksgiving was just last week, I'll start by sharing about that a bit.
Erika and I were blessed to be able to host my parents and brother alongside some of our student leaders and international students. We're incredibly thankful to have a house so we always jump at the opportunity to host events and invite people into our home. We had two students who had their first Thanksgiving there with us, one from Rwanda and one from Taiwan. They were great fun to have over and they loved it! Thanksgiving is a cool opportunity to be with people who are dear to us, and I couldn't help but think how amazing it is that the bond of Christ allows us to be close to people from different nations and cultures.
In mid-November Focus hosted an event for our students across the metroplex called Pizza Theology. We have one of these once a semester. The basic outline is that from 4pm-9pm on a Sunday we invite students to think and learn, in depth, on a specific topic and eat some pizza in the middle. This semester we taught about how to think like a Christian and drew heavily from epistemological and philosophical concepts relating to theology. We had around 400 students show up and we received very good feedback from them. Isn't it kind of crazy that that many students would show up for 5 hours on a Sunday evening to learn about Christ? Yeah, I think so too.
These past 6 weeks have been trying. As many of you know I also teach Sociology at Collin College, and I'm teaching 3 classes in addition to ministry this semester. At times I have felt overloaded and helpless in the face of large workloads, multifarious demands, and unclear objectives. But at no point have I doubted that God had/has it. I've certainly given in to selfishness and missed the mark along the way, but I've seen God provide exactly what I needed when I needed it and I can say confidently that he is faithful in the midst of all. He is so very good. As this semester draws to an end I'd like to take the time to thank each of you for investing in me and allowing me to do ministry this semester. Your prayers and your financial support are very much appreciated. I pray that God would continually bless you with love and depth as you pursue him in your own lives, and I thank him for putting me in contact with you.
Yours on the campus,