First Month of Campus Ministry
Oh my WOW!! What a month!
Thank you all so much for your prayers, they really helped me through these last few weeks. God has been shaping and reshaping and growing and stretching me each day and through so many people. I am so appreciative for your support in praying for God to give me strength, peace, and deep love!
Finally On Campus!
Last week was the first week of classes at Brookhaven, and the first bit of evangelism and outreach that we did at Brookhaven! It has been a bit slow going due to the shift from Brookhaven College to Dallas College: Brookhaven Campus. Brookhaven has been joining the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), and is currently in the final stages of changing over all of their policies and structures. This has made becoming a registered organization at Brookhaven a bit confusing, both for us and for the college staff! However, God is in control and went before us to make sure that there was an amazing Christian leader involved in the Office of Student Life (OSL), named Okneca(Oh-nee-kah), at Brookhaven who has helped us so much in getting involved even though we aren't officially a registered organization yet (there has been a lot of confusion and a lot of discontinuity between staff members).
So with the help of Okneca, Sirak, Sandra, and I set up a table in the entry of the main building of campus and began to meet students! It was such a blast to finally get to start meeting students and introducing them to this wonderful thing called FOCUS. In the first week we got quite a few student contacts and I have been keeping up with a lot of them since!
During Welcome Week we had a few events planned to engage with students. Our first event was on a Tuesday night, and it was deemed Field Night! Joey and I worked together to get this event planned, and everyone helped set up in a field at Richland College for soccer and volleyball. We had lots of fun and formed stronger friendships with each other and the students.
Our second event was at Braum's where we brought board games and FOCUS paid for any student who came to have a free ice cream cone! This was another wonderful time of fellowship where new friendships were built and relationships were deepened.
Also last week, we had our first large group Thursday meeting (called Thursday Night Thunder aka TNT)! It was such a great blessing and encouragement to see so many students there eager to meet each other, sing praise to our Lord, and learn about Jesus!!
- For students at Brookhaven to be willing to engage in the events that we've planned and be caught by the love of God in us.
- For Brookhaven to finalize their policies from this shift to Dallas College so that the logistics of being an "official club" don't stand in the way of doing fun things on campus.
- That the Spirit would continue to fill me with motivation, courage, boldness, and deep love for the students at Brookhaven. Without Him, I can do nothing.