Tuesday, November 11, 2014

There are so many things that I could write about this month.  There are just that many things happening right now.  There are stories about studies that are happening, events that we are doing, interns to tell you about, our big fundraiser, and of coarse my trip to Europe.  So many exciting things!  I will start with my trip to Europe since I am on the plane headed back and it is so fresh in my mind.

Andrew and I went with Brandon and Casey to Paris, Venice, the Cinque Terre, Rome and a quick night through London.  It was so great and I got to see so much.  I wish I had time to tell you about everything that I got to see and experience.  I got to see several of the world's most famous churches.  St. Mark's, St. Peter's, Notre Dame are all great buildings.  So beautiful on the inside and out.  Each has unique architecture, art, statues, and history.  So much for me to take in.  I am so thankful for the experience to see these great places.  Upon reflecting, on the churches specifically, it has made me so thankful for people like you who consistently give to this ministry.  This ministry isn't great because of the impressive buildings, art, and statues.  I am so thankful for people like you who share in the vision of investing money into people.

I was prepping a sermon a few minutes ago out of John 15 for next Friday night.  We are doing a series on dicsipleship.  I was struck in verse 17 when Jesus simply says "This is my command:  Love each other."  Of all of the things he could have told us to do, he commands us to love each other.  Your generosity has made it possible for us to show these campuses what it really means to love and be loved.  I think that is what will outlast the fancy buildings which take so much money to upkeep.  Your generosity is changing lives everyday.

This leads me to a very specific prayer request.  As you know, our vision is to be on the campuses in the DFW metroplex and we are considering when to go to UT Arlington.  We are thinking that God is leading us there in the fall to start a ministry.  This means that we have to figure out who to send and that God will lead some students to go there as well.  Please be praying that God will open doors and make it clear who should be there.  We will also be doing a fundraiser, in the next couple of weeks.  I will post specifically about that in the next couple weeks but one of the things we really want to do with the money that we earn from this fundraiser is start the ministry at UT Arlington.  Please be praying about this!

UTD is going well.  I have really enjoyed the series we are doing on discipleship.  The sermons have been so challenging and the students have been responsive.  I can't wait to get back and hit the ground running.  I have a busy weekend with Friday night Focus and Pizza Theology all this weekend!  Good thing I had a vacation.  My girls asked that I post on Facebook so you will see a bunch of pictures there from our trip.

Please email, call or text me anytime and I would love to tell you more!  Thank you so much for your support and partnership.

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