I told you about our new staff a month ago but I want to tell you more. Pedro, Shayla, Ryan, and Hannah have all come from our ministry on various campuses as student leaders. They've graduated and decided to do the Focus Apprenticeship for a year to see if campus ministry is where they're going. They're young, dedicated, fun, and loving. I enjoy working with all of them very much. There's a steep learning curve to campus ministry, and they've all thrown off anything that weighed them down and begun to climb that steep curve aggressively. It's been so cool to see. They're leading leaders, they're staying up late to be with students, they're ministering to everyone they come in contact with, and they're studying the Scripture with diligence. During the past few weeks they've seen their first Welcome Week from a staff perspective, and they've been great. I'm so excited to see them continue to grow in their relationship with God and people, and continue to learn how to be ministers.
I'll wrap up by just telling you about our first two large group meetings (what everyone just refers to as "Focus"). I've never been interested in numbers and am weary of counting lest I become wrapped up in it as a way to measure success. I'm interested in Christ being known and his community bringing light to our campuses. With that said, I'll simply say I'm amazed at the involvement we've experienced. It's beyond what I expected, and can only be God's work. People are coming to be loved, to love, and to hear the Word of God. For that I thank God. Thank you, also, for your continued prayers, your support, and your generosity to helping us be on campus to do God's work. Please continue to pray for us, I can tell you it makes a huge difference. We have been on the receiving end of your prayers and God has blown us away.
Yours in Christ,