Sunday, July 1, 2012

July Update

Well this is the last month of my internship with FOCUS.  That hasn't changed much of my workload since I will be moving to Denton soon to do ministry at UNT.  There are many things to do in preparation.  I am very excited to make this change, but I'm also pretty nervous.  I will have a lot more responsibility being one of two campus pastors up there.  Please be in prayer for me in that regard.

When I look back on my life I couldn't have imagined while coming out of high school that I would end up where I am now.  My dream back then was to become an electrical engineer and live a life of comfort and materialism.  It has been interesting to see how God changed that during my time in college.  I never would have chosen this for myself and I think that truly validates it, at least in my mind.  It gives me courage despite my insecurity.  Please pray that God uses this opportunity for me to lead a college ministry to do His will.

This Thursday we will be continuing our "Fired Up" sermon series.  Last week Amy Knoles, the other new campus pastor at UNT, talked on being "fired up" about spiritual growth.  This week I will be sharing my thoughts on "fired up" prayer.  I'm really excited about this subject!  Over the past few years I've struggled a lot with trying to figure out what prayer is and how to use it.  That's mainly why I chose the topic.  Ultimately, I believe prayer to be much simpler than we make it out to be.  It's all about finding ourselves in the presence of God and relating to him as Father, Creator, Healer, etc.  We use that time to center ourselves on Him.  It's no wonder Paul taught to pray without ceasing.  Now I ask you to pray that God uses me to speak His words with fervor to the students that night.  I think it's important that they be engaged by this topic so they explore it more on their own after they leave.

We successfully took the second group of 8 students to SICM (Student Institute of Campus Ministry) a couple of weeks ago.  The June conference was quite a bit different as there were the same number of students total, but we were the minority (if you don't remember my post from last month, we took 49 students).  This year I was reunited with a couple of friends who I had originally met and developed friendships with when we had attended the conference as students in 2008.  They were there as campus pastors as well!  How cool is that?  Here is a picture of us:

Me, Liz, and Kristin

Like I've said before SICM is where we take our potential student leaders.  Now that the conference is over we are working hard to develop our leader teams for the coming school year.  The leader team at UNT alone could very well be close to 40 students total.  Just imagine the impact that many young people can have on their campus, especially considering these guys and girls are committed to making disciples of Jesus.

We want to be a light to the campuses and through them change the world as Jesus did in his time.  Pray that God uses us in whatever way necessary to make that happen this year and every year after.  Thanks again for all of your support!

Yours for the Campus,

Matt