How is your summer? Welcome to my blog if you are new to my support team this year. And thank you for your support, it means so much for our students and for me. I'm so honored to get to spend my time in ministry to college students.
Here's some sweet moments from the summer so far.
Baby Jude is our honorary 8th member of the Denton pastoral staff team. In other words he's our team lead's son and hangs out with us at meetings. We celebrated his 1st birthday at the splash pad!
A sweet hug and ice cream with my buddy, Anylah
Some of our students hosted a night of worship at their house
My friend Aileen (left) decided she wanted to be baptized! Aileen is one of the students in our ministry who is a testament to God's work on the college campus. She entered our ministry a few years ago not knowing who Jesus was and through friendships she built and studying scripture with Claudia (right) she became a Christian!
This is Rikk Watts (bottom left corner). He's a New Testament professor at Regent College in Vancouver. Our pastoral apprentice class has been listening to his lectures this year as we study the New Testament and he offered to zoom with us once a week to answer our questions. So kind! This was our last zoom call with him.
A common phrase we hear Rikk use about the Gospel is "it's about life". It's a simple phrase, but it has shaped the way I think about the Gospel, about Jesus, about my relationship with him and with others. The good news of Jesus is not about doing the right things or being good; it's about life.
Jesus offers us life, plain and simple. John 10:10 says, "the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly." Everything else vying for our attention - security, acceptance, being relevant - will not satisfy or bring us true life. Only in Jesus can we find abundant life and that's the Gospel.
Thank you for reading! Let me know how your summer has been and how I can be praying for you. I'd love to see some of your photos as well!