Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Let the light keep a-shinin'

"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His image with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."

As this month has passed I've felt the Lord bring me back to this verse. I've noticed Him working to transform my thinking especially. I've noticed Him remind me of the freedom that comes from fixing my eyes on Him. And I've noticed the life He gives anyone who gratefully receives His blessings. 
Here are some of the whereabouts of my month:

Hannah and I here during Spring Break with some of our students. We made it out of the "Hour to escape room" with 20 minutes to spare!
One of my dearest friends Ray and I at Casey's wedding, one of our admins and pastors at Wylie Northeast! In case you can't tell, Ray caught me while eating a chocolate covered strawberry.
During worship at my church- Wylie Northeast.

Impact week
We've learned volleyball really brings people in! A Collin rec center employee sets this net up for us on a weekly basis. They're excited that it facilitates student life.
Katie and I, from the IMPACT crew, asked people walking by if they wanted to guess how many gumballs were in the jar and invited them to hangout with us. Can you guess how many there are?
We had a carnival themed hangout at the Preston Ridge Campus that attracted a lot of new people!

6/7 of the Bellevue College Chi Alpha group with Hannah and I. 
The last week of March we, as the Collin ministry, got to host a team of 7 from Bellevue, Washington! This week was called IMPACT week. Jack and Lindsey (pictured in the back) are on staff out there at Bellevue College, a community college, with a Chi Alpha ministry and the rest are students in their ministry. Believe it or not, these students decided to spend their Spring Break down here spending hours on the three of Collin's campuses, each day, reaching out to our students expanding their experiences interacting with their peers. Not only did they get to see God at work down here, in reaffirming and new ways alike, but they also got to learn from our staff and corefas (and of course we got to from them too!) It was neat to hear our corefas share of how encouraged they were by the IMPACT students commitment to letting a love for God drive the way they used their time. Some of the corefas I meet with weekly shared of how much more motivation they had from the example those students had set. I'm thankful that God does in fact work all things together for our good. Not only that, but that He invites us to get to know Him more intimately through what we do and watching Him at work around us. Their ministry is still relatively new but it's clear that God used this week to give them a bigger vision for the possibilities at their campus. 
Will you please pray that God continues to give the faithful students and staff out there direction for His work? As well as a more exact view of who He is and what He can do? 


Spring Showcase

Sarah with the people that came out to support us at Spring Showcase!
The full FOCUS 2016-2017 staff! Thanks so much for enabling us to do what we get to do.
For the last three years, we've gotten to put together a fundraising/performance-based event called Spring Showcase. We put it on to raise money for our, typically close to 100, students who get invited to learn more about doing campus ministry at SICM. Throughout the spring semester, these students reach out to their family and friends to invest in their trip. God always comes through and provides in one way or another; this event helps make sure they all get to SICM. We have a plethora of performers from our 9 ministries make up the two acts. I'm big into just about every fine art so this event helps satisfy a lot of that love for me. This post is actually named after a verse from the song that I got perform in, as a part of the choir. The song is called Free- hope it encourages you! I'm thankful to have gotten to see some of you there, continuing to invest in God's work through our community. Our 23 Collin students will certainly benefit from your support. In case you haven't gotten to and you feel lead to give a gift towards the students going on this trip you can do so here!
Please pray that they, because of God's great love for them, aim to please Him in every way and point others to that same source of constant goodness.

It's beyond me that we're in the 9th month of the 10 month apprenticeship, that God has raised up 23 potential student leaders for this next year at a community college, that He is so merciful and patient, and that more and more students at Collin are gaining a vision for the work God is doing on our campus! By no means can I or our staff take credit for this. It's all always been God's doing and will continue to be. He is so good and faithful. You have been a part of this and will hopefully continue to be.

Yours on the campus,
Pedro

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Halfway there

And just like that, we're about halfway done through the semester!
Hey again! Thanks for taking the time to read about what your support is enabling and a part of on the Collin campuses! Some of you have told me that you have been encouraged by God's work, what a blessing! I pray this month's reflections do the same.

Parent night
It was so neat to get to meet so many of the parents of the students that we get to work with on a weekly basis. It really is true that so many parents have laid a foundation for us to work with, often instilling things we couldn't in our limited amount of time. I constantly look forward to this night because we get to share our vision for the parents kids not only as students but as disciples and members of the Body. That's one of those nights where all I can think of is that “there's no place I'd rather be.” I'm beyond grateful that you guys give me the opportunity to do what I do.
We had a lot of students parents show up for Parent Night! You have no idea how blessed they indirectly are by you!

Holy Spirit’s work
New students
This is some of our students hanging out with new students at the Spring Creek Campus
Here's a 360 shot of some of our students playing a game at the Preston Ridge campus

Community
Here's our students at Steak n Shake after our Thursday night fellowship service!

I took a day trip to Austin with Cody and Troy and Alex, who i lead a small group and studied Focus On Jesus with, respectively, and Josh who is a corefa and spends weekly time with Cody. It was relaxing and fun!

Every week we have Discipleship Class on Friday's at noon, It's a lecture based class, this semester, on the book of Genesis: from Creation to The Flood. How neat that these students make the time to learn beyond their general studies!

Baptisms
“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”
-Titus 3:4-6
God has all year been drawing people to Himself. We've seen it in the way they've sought to “honor one another above themselves”, given expecting nothing in return, bear one another's burdens, and pursued Him alongside other who also call upon His name (2 Timothy 2:2). For a few, they've also highlighted His in their work in their lives through baptism!
Here's a few of our new brothers and sisters-
Sam
Sam helps us at the Preston Ridge campus. Her parents shared how they have started to make their way back to the Lord because of the growth she has experienced. Praise God! 
Johnny
Johnny studied Focus On Jesus with Austin, one of our corefas. His desire to serve is admirable! He'll be attending SICM this year!
Sammy
Sammy studied Focus On Jesus with Matt C, a corefa and one of the guys I spend weekly time with. His decision to follow Jesus has been followed by him engaging with our campus in spiritual conversations as well as with the people in our community. He's been so encouraging to have around!

SMU
We had our first event down there to pray about what God is calling us to. We already have personal connections with a number of interested students from this event and from other connections, and Laurence will be following up one-on-one with each of them. Please pray that God will show us exactly what He's calling us to, will continue to open doors and provide connections, and will get us ready to launch something awesome in August!

Pizza Theology on Race
We get to put one of these on a semester. It's a handful of hours of teaching and learning time for all of the students from our nine campuses. It's great to get to unite all our students to get a holistic understanding to something difficult to wrap our minds around or controversial. Previous ones are also on the following link. If you'd like to listen to our students, and me share, as well as a talk on the biblical and sociological approach to race click here! If you'd like a copy of what I shared please let me know!

Monthly student testimony

Looking forward:
We are going to start fundraisers for the students that we've invited to SICM, please pray they're able to raise their funds. To be honest, God has always provided so we have great expectation He’ll do the same this time around.
Speaking of God providing, I can never thank you guys enough for stepping alongside me to work God’s field at Collin. That being said, Ive been offered and have committed to at least a handful of years on our Collin Staff! Starting my freshmen year at Winter Camp, through my time at SICM that spring, to the first leadership conference I went to with our church in 2013, through my first year as a corefa, and up until my apprenticeship so far, I've felt God continually invite me to join Him on the college campus as a minister. The more time has passed, the more I've learned to pursue Him, the deeper I've had to dig and change to be more like Him, the more I experience His grace through the people around me, and the more I get to interact with and disciple His people, the more I feel certain about this role moving forward.
For those of you who are on my support team already, I'll be in contact with you just to put that on your radar. If you're not currently on my support team but are interested, let me know so we can have a conversation about that!

Please let me know how I can uphold you in prayer, it's the least I could do!

Yours on the campus,
Pedro

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Kickoffs


Winter Camp 2017 included about 630 people deepening and developing friendships, being nudged by the Spirit to pursue God more, and worship to the One who has done so much for us! All 9 campuses are pictured here (UNT, NCTC, TWU, TWU- Dallas, Richland, UTD, Collin- Spring Creek & Preston Ridge, and UTA)!
Hello again!
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope it encourages you as you work within your community to impact people directly and indirectly! This month, more than those prior, I've been amazed at what a neat opportunity you guys enable me to experience as a campus minister. My days and "workplace" and interactions are so varied and it's in large part thanks to your support of me as I do Kingdom work on the college campus! I've been constantly reminded of how the Spirit of God is the one that leads, strengthens, helps, and gives life to me as I daily ask Him to use me in the ways He has planned. As I experience the relief of faith over simple belief, I'm learning to be truly grateful in that truth. 

Let me catch you up on all the things that kicked back off this past month...


New semester
Every semester we get all 120 or so of our student leaders together to start the semester on the right foot. They really do so much of the work, please keep them in your prayers as they lead others.
Every Tuesday morning we spend time in the middle of campus inviting students to hang with us. You'll see Shayla on the far left and Hannah on the right!


Our corefas invited students from their classes to play volleyball with us at the Spring Creek campus apartments
Our Thursday night fellowship is up and running again. Join us in praying for the many more students we'll get to befriend and help guide towards Jesus this semester!

Our students, classes, and work is back and going! Our corefas are back in the "beginning of Fall semester" mindset in the sense that they're consistently making new friends and inviting them into community, while getting back in the swing of completing homework and assignments, and, for most, working. Our 1:1 Focus On Jesus bible studies have resumed and many have decided to get baptized, as a result of the Spirit's work! They're also working towards goals that will help them cast their nets, as well as the vision for the campus, the students they're spending time with, and themselves.
God has truly been answering prayers as we've had more students hang out with us at the Preston Ridge Campus and express a desire to seek out a better understanding of Jesus and His people! While we can say our loving students energy and efforts are the driving force, we'd be completely ignorant to the fact that the Spirit truly is stirring and opening hearts to make them receptive to what He's doing through our community! He truly is faithful. 
Speaking of His faithfulness, we will have a kickoff meeting for our new SMU plant this weekend! God has continually paved the way for this opportunity- pray that we keep walking in His plans for this and that the students who He wants to be a part of this do!

Winter Camp
Jason, one of the corefas that I spend weekly time with, got baptized at camp by Cody

Finally, here's a picture with all of my roomates (plus Karlo- our official, unofficial, roomie).

This is Keanna Barber, she is one of the teens at the CTF (Christian Teen Fellowship) ministry at my church, Wylie Northeast, and is also a great friend of my sister! It was her first year at camp.

We got to sing "Jesus we love you" by Bethel in English plus Mandarin and Spanish.

Most of the alumni that went to and helped with camp this year (I'm now a part of this group)!

Most of the Collin group this year plus some alum who are now at different campuses.
This was my 5th year at Winter Camp, since my first year as a part of the focus community. I remember that year God communicating two things clearly 
1)to get to know people. He reminded me that He works in everyone all the time! And because that and more, they're totally worth knowing 
2)that He was hard at work on the college campuses, specifically Collin College, and wanted to invite me to work alongside Him. Prior to that realization, I was under the impression that real and impactful ministry could only be done internationally. After getting a glimpse at myself and those around me I learned that could not be further from the truth!
This year, in the middle of the most stretching and revealing (about myself and God) years of my life at Winter Camp one of the biggest things I was reminded of is how from God and His people, we expect [you fill in the blank] (disappointment, frustration, disgust, indifference, etc.) but then instead receive love! I've been consistently overwhelmed by this reality as I've allowed myself to experience those moments. I earnestly pray that I can reflect His love as purely, sincerely, and consistently as I receive it from Him. There were so many other encouraging statements made by each of our speakers. To listen to any of those, click here! They'll certainly enrich your car ride, run, or down time. 

Please don't hesitate to let me know how I can bless you!

THANK YOU!
Love,
Pedro

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Consistency

Happy new year!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post; they're all for you guys to feel looped in to the Kingdom work God is doing through your support and to encourage you in your day to day!

Having on more layer of clothes now than I did just about a week ago, I'm reminded of the natural inconsistency of our own lives. Growing up, I used to love change and being able to have some sort of say in that. Unlike most people, I went to four elementary schools, two middle schools, and three high schools. Although some of those were natural (Jr. High to Sr. High) others of them were by choice (4th grade to 5th grade). I hardly had consistent friendships or activity based involvements. This past year I've gone from leading a small group every week to meeting with a handful of guys that do instead, from feeling like it was all on me to hold myself together to knowing that there's a reason why God gave each of us His Spirit and real friendships to experience Him through, to facing the reality of His ability to love me with all my inadequacies and lack of trust. Those things and more have only been used to greater highlight God's consistency; His faithfulness, relentless mercy, and liberating grace. I can never thank you enough for your support and how it's been used to enable me to know God in more intimate ways!! Here's some insight into our last month:


Staff retreat
During the break, at some point in my conversations, the students I spent time with would ask me "so, when do you technically go back to work again?" I always laughed saying, "well, technically, January 2 but we're going on a four day retreat so it won't really feel like it!" I've never spent as much day in and day out time with the same people for as long as I have our Collin staff this school year. Although some may get tired or want new faces around, I wouldn't trade any of our times together for the world. This retreat was neat for a couple reasons; 1)I got to hangout with staff from the other campuses that I normally wouldn't get to. Matt and Aaron, my past peer team leaders as well as Cody, my past roommate, were especially great to kick back with. We spent a couple sessions going over a book we'd been reading over the break for the retreat called "The Signature of Jesus" by Brennan Manning (definitely worth adding to your list this year!) One of the quotes that really stood out to me was that "my Abba is no threat to me." As I face more the gravity of my sinfulness, I am relieved to be reminded that all the change He brings about and that He invites me to is for my own good, because He is good. Another is an excerpt from the book that I encourage you to take to God in prayer.
"The opposite of conversion is aversion. The other side of metanoia is paranoia. Paranoia is usually understood in its psychological terms. It is characterized by fear, suspicion, and flight from reality. Paranoia usually results in elaborate illusions and self deception. In the biblical context paranoia implies more than emotional or mental imbalance. It refers to an attitude of being, a stance of the heart. Spiritual paranoia is a flight from God and from our true selves. It's an attempt to escape from personal responsibility. It is the tendency to avoid the cost of discipleship and to seek out an escape route from the demands of the gospel. Paranoia of the spirit is an attempt to deny the reality of Jesus in such a way that we rationalize our behavior and choose our own way. Each time we let go of the past to embrace the future we relive the paschal journey of Jesus in our flesh. Each time we allow our fears or selfishness to die, we break through to new life. Each time we open ourselves to the Spirit so that He can break down the walls of suspicion and bitterness, we come home to ourselves, the community, and the Lord. "I die daily," Paul wrote. He might have added, "and daily I am raised up to new life." To write the letter of our lives above the signature of Jesus is to recognize his dying and rising as they are traced in our actions and carved in our hearts. In such a context, death will not be a new experience for us, nor will resurrection!"

This is all of the apprentices and I at a Secret Santa party.
NOLA
The week leading up to Christmas I got to go to New Orleans, for the third year, to serve a local ministry out there (Jesus Project Ministries). I love so many things about that week but my favorite this time was getting to bless the Honduran individuals who have mostly been there for anywhere from a couple months to three years. We held a dinner for them where about 8 of us who speak Spanish got to further interact with them and their kids and share some of our testimonies. I got to piggy back off of my friend Adriana, who is Mexican like me and goes to TWU, by encouraging the parents that their efforts at providing a better future for their kids was not without effect. Adriana and I both came to the United States when we were little and both truly encountered Jesus during our college years and the community in FOCUS. We reminded them of how blessed they were to have JPM there for their kids to grow up truly knowing Jesus. Thank you for the prayers for that trip, please continue praying for the work God will keep doing out there through the women leading that ministry!

Cassandra, Lorena, Adriana, Alex, me, Eddie, and JR with a couple of the kids at the dinner!
A couple of us holding the receipt after having bout about 700 gifts for the Christmas drive!
Lorena and I with three of the new kids from Honduras 
The whole 2016 NOLA team
Shayla and Hannah got to join us in NOLA for the first time! Ryan is the only Collin apprentice missing.

KFG- Keep FOCUS Growing!
I mentioned this fund that we're trying to build up last month but want to remind you in case it slipped your mind through the holidays! Thanks in advance for your continued generosity! I look forward to telling you guys about how we met our goal of $55,000!

I'm so thankful for these friends I made during my time at Collin!
3/4 of my roommates! Matt, me, Jeremy, and Stephen 
Christmas party
At the beginning of the month we threw an end of the semester Christmas party, to spend time with a majority of our students and be reminded of the joy that came in Christ's birth. We had them go on an instagram scavenger hunt, where they got to let loose with a randomly paired group, and post their videos- you can see those here. This is one of those events that the students always look back on and remember, this year probably because of how silly we dressed as a staff!

A lot of our Preston Ridge students and us! Some of these students had never even gone to our weekly fellowship services during the semester.

Your awkward Collin staff. You can read Garrett's blog here!
These are the five guys that I spend weekly time with that lead their own small groups
Matt C, Matt P, Caleb, Jason, and Michael

Prayer requests
Please join us as we pray for...

Winter camp next weekend (the 13th-16th)
This is where I truly got a vision for the work God is doing on the college campuses; few things shed light on the Kingdom more than having hundreds of students come together to deepen their friendships and understanding & experience of God! Ask the Lord to make the students hearts receptive to encountering Him and further reopening themselves up to His ways!
SICM (Student Institute of Campus Ministry)
This is a 10 day long campus ministry training trip to Washington state with a campus ministry out there called CCF. Every year we invite students who we think have caught the vision for campus ministry and are willing to take part in understanding it more and becoming better ambassadors. Ask the Lord to guide us as a staff as we invite students to experience this opportunity in May!
Spring semester
Just that our corefas will build off the momentum they created in their small groups and 1:1 relationships last semester as well as for our students to embrace representing Jesus day in and day out!

Yours on the campus,
Pedro

Friday, December 2, 2016

Join Him!

Hello again friends! I hope the Thanksgiving Break provided y'all with an opportunity to reflect on God's goodness through your friendships, relationships, and His continual provision to give us what we need (and often more!).

This is some of our community worshipping at one of our ministry houses. I hope it encourages you as much as it does me!

Even though this semester is coming to a close, we are ecstatic and humbled by how God has lead so many new students to our community! They've gotten the opportunity to grow in their understanding of Him through studying the scriptures 1:1, being a part of a small group, but most of all experiencing Him through His people. You guys have gotten to be a part of that through your support! Thank you for enabling us to invest in the Kingdom and sow and reap eternal rewards. Here are a couple reflections and things to be in prayer for!

Hundreds of students attended our Pizza Theology event!

Pizza theology 
Once every semester we have an event called Pizza Theology. All nine of our campuses come together for 5 hours to eat pizza for an hour and talk about a theological topic for the rest of the time. This semester our topic was "Hearing God's voice." One of the most impactful things that God communicated to me that night was that I need to make it known to myself, more than to Him, that I'm desiring to hear from the Almighty Father. David Knebel, our speaker from our sister ministry up in Washington (CCF), gave a phrase to say to God to develop continuous awareness and conversation with Him; the phrase is simply, "Speak Lord, for your servant is listening." Often we go to Him and say something that's the other way around, "Listen Lord, your servant is speaking!" How silly of us. This has allowed me to be more aware of His direction, encouragement, and overall goodness in my life, despite my inclination towards comfort, believing lies, and the path of least resistance. This is one of my favorite events of the whole year since our students continue to talk about the topic for months to come and begin and continue to have conversations with their peers and mentors. I'm humbled and encouraged to remember that He is continuously seeking us out, therefor, He simply wants us to join in His existing work.

KFG-  The "Keep Focus Growing" initiative
This is our third year having this campaign. The money we raise will go towards our general fund so that we are able to join God in whatever work He calls us to do this coming year, as well as have the resources to continue to support our existing nine campuses. As it is, we are prayerfully considering starting a plant at the SMU campus! Please consider joining us in making sure we are pursuing God's agenda!

We can hit our $55,000 goal if
200 people give $10 
200 people give $20 
100 people give $50 
30 people give $100
20 people give $300 
25 people give $500 
10 people give $750 
5 people give $1,000 
2 people give $2,500 
1 person gives $5,000 

Drew, the taller guy in the middle, came into town from the Air Force Academy! Him and I studied the scriptures three years ago. The girls on the sides of him are with our ministry at UTA, the guys behind him are at UTD or have graduated, while Josiah on the opposite side of me is at Collin!

Sammy is studying with one of our student leaders that I get to meet weekly with!
Prayer requests 
You guys already bless me so much through your support but here are some more specific ways to be in prayer for our campus and I! Please pray for...
  • The end of the semester: our students are heading into finals week and, if they're anything like I was, are feeling the stress of completing final assignments and finishing strong.
  • Our Keep Focus Growing initiative: that we get to experience another year of His provision to do the work He's called us to.
  • My family- mom, dad, sisters (14 and 2 years old)
  • The trip with Jesus Project Ministries to New Orleans! I'll get to serve alongside that ministry for the third year the week before Christmas! We'll be tutoring the kids in that community as well as preparing for the big Christmas drive where we'll distribute thousands of gifts.

Sometimes we have our apprenticeship classes outside! This one was during our spiritual disciplines class, which recently ended.
Click the links to read Kristin, Hannah, and Ryan's blogs!
 Thank you for being one more thing that I can thank the Lord for! 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Feels like... October?

Hi hey hello!
We're almost halfway through the year, ah!! Here are some exciting things that happened this month and things to be in prayer for-

Mingling time before the celebration service
So many different stories in this room, all pointing at God's faithfulness!
20 year celebration 
About 700 of our focus alumni, parents, donors, and students showed up on a Saturday evening to reflect on what God has been able to do through willing people! This served as another reminder of God's abilities to use just about anyone to make disciple-makers. Not only that, but how neat and transformation occurs in His Kingdom is among us and when His agenda being pursued. I've been so much more blown away by how God has led me to where I'm at. I'm so grateful He was working in others lives and using them, before I came to Him, to build a community that would years down the line bless me beyond measure and give me a bigger vision of what life in the Kingdom of God is about. He's brought us all this far and still has so much further to take us, how neat that this will be for our sake but also for that of the people around us now and down the line! My prayer is that "I will praise Him, the Lord my God, with all my heart; that I will glorify His name forever." (Psalm 86:12, paraphrased)

My shirt stands for "The Beautiful Exchange," how fitting for a baptism!
Devin's baptism
Do you guys remember me mentioning Devin on the September blog post? Well this past month he decided to commit to a life where the only thing that is certainly true is that Jesus is Lord! I studied the scriptures one on one with him last year at UNT, as he was starting his freshmen year. I can't begin to explain to you how much he's allowed the Lord to grow him in just a year! This year he gets to be a corefa at UNT. I'm so thankful I got to spend two years out there and am even more glad to know that God used me to impact people like Devin who now get to impact others!

This room was filled with all of our student leaders (ballpark 125) from 9 campuses and adults from the Denton North, Wylie and Garland Northeast churches!
Leadership conference
Once a year our whole ministry and family of churches come together for a conference on a specific topic. This year the topic was "The inner life of a spiritual leader" and focused on our devotional times with the Lord as well as areas that taint our view of Him (like selfishness and distractions). It was yet another time for me to be reminded of the importance of continuously practicing the acknowledgement of the presence of God. He invites us into a relationship with Him that is genuine, always loving, and very deep; oddly enough these are ways that I've been learning to grow in my relationships with others! I'm thankful we work alongside God as people whose only good is found in who God says we are.

OT Class
Our Old Testament class has officially come to an end, meaning we've now finished studying the whole Old Testament (at an introductory level)! I'd love to have conversations with any of you about how this class helped deepen my understanding and appreciation of our Creator. I ultimately was amazed at how faithful God is at the promises He makes with His chosen people and how much of what He did for them was focused on them being a blessing to those around them. It's challenged me to reflect on what ways God has and is blessing me. Ways that I choose to be selfish with, instead of reflecting the character of Christ, and ways that point people to His abilities and life, not my own attempts and accomplishments.

Our favorite things to do are play Spike Ball, in the foreground, and a modified version of volleyball, in the background 

Prayer requests
  • We have continued to spend time on the Preston Ridge campus on Tuesday's by having lemonade to attract people as well as asking different questions to elicit conversation AND fun games. We've had quite a few people join us! It's neat to meet people who have been looking for people to spend time with and also to develop friendships with. Please pray that we are bold in meeting students and inviting them into community!
  • Our 1:1 bible studies have been in progress some since about the first week of school and others as of this week! It's exciting that we are empowered and able to study the scriptures in efforts to better understand and relate to God. Please pray that the students who are studying the scriptures, diligently, most, for the first time, come to know God much better and as a result seek godliness.
  • Our corefas have committed to carving out an average of 20 hours a week or so to minister to the people God has allowed them to work and interact with personally. It really is incredible how much they do despite them being full time students and working par time jobs. Please pray that their ministry is rooted in the love of Christ and their desire to make His goodness known, despite their need to be vulnerable and uncomfortable through challenges and the need for good time management.
  • The new students that we'll get to interact with and be Christ's aroma to. We have many events and activities in place to engage with students so we're constantly in need of an awareness of His presence.
  • Our staff consistently needs the Spirit's direction as we make decisions and think through what is best for our students. Please pray we are in step with the Spirit and responsive!
THANK YOU! I couldn't do what I do without you guys.  
Yours on the campus,
Pedro