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70% Through the Apprenticeship!

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This scripture has been on my mind a lot recently:
Philippians 4:4-9 (NIV)
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."
This scripture has been written on a whiteboard in my room for almost four years (it won't come off anymore). God has used this constantly throughout my time as a Christian to give me peace, objectivity and…

The Church Is Not a Building

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Approximately 600 people from across the 11 FOCUS campuses attended Winter Camp 2019. Despite being my fifth year, God used Winter Camp to again show me the value of community and serving people. 


As before Fall Camp in September, one of the leaders at Preston Ridge again generously offered to host a guys night at his house. We again played games, ate a LOT of pizza, and had some good time of fellowship.

Thanks again to Sterling and the DeWitt family for feeding us and opening their home to our two guys cores!

2018-2019 Collin FOCUS at Winter Camp! These people are one of the biggest reasons why I love my job and serving the Lord. (Go Cougs!)


Some of the guys from Collin and I's core who went to Winter Camp! It's neat to reflect on how these guys have grown and changed throughout the year through their friendships and relationship with Christ. 



Reading for our New Testament class while keeping an eye on the printer. We've been learning about the Greco-Roman world and cult…

Christmas Break Update

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Hello! I hope that you've been well over the holidays!
The college campuses are on break, and the FOCUS staff were also on break for two weeks during the Christmas and New Year holidays. However, this doesn't mean that we went MIA.


Before the Christmas break, we hosted a Collin FOCUS Christmas party. Each core (small group) also had the opportunity to build a Christmas blanket fort and participate in a fort contest. 

Some of the guys from Collin and I's core as we show off the comfy fort we made together. It had a twin mattress and some lights on the inside. 


The 2018-2019 Collin FOCUS staff!  These guys have been such a loving and supportive group of co-workers and friends.


The 2018-2019 FOCUS apprentices!  These guys are such a joy to learn and grow with. It's hard to believe that I didn't really know 75% of them when we started this adventure less than a year ago. We've grown to become some of each other's biggest fans!


The apprentices were prompted to s…

Family

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Through ministry this month, the Lord has been teaching me much about family. I've been so blessed to have been given such a supportive spiritual and biological family by God. I reflected much on the family I was born into (and even the one I’m soon marrying into!). They’ve done so much for me and continue to be persistent with me, even when I can be difficult.

I was constantly reminded by God that I'm loved and supported by so many people. The people I get to work with and serve in ministry are also my family, my brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s such an eye opening experience to recognize that you’ve also been grafted into a new family of believers, one that consistently seeks to love one another and point each other to Christ!


Snapshot of Brandon, Tony, and Pedro working on assignments at a coffee shop. These guys have been so encouraging in the way they live their lives with people they encounter and befriend.


We had guest speaker Bill Watson come speak at a Pizza Theol…

Relational Ministry

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Campus ministry is a heavily relational vocation and lifestyle. For this month's update, I primarily wanted to highlight some people I spend a lot of time with during this apprenticeship. Their friendships and willingness to pour into me in different ways has shaped me so much over the past few months!


A picture from our yearly leadership conference, featuring the FOCUS ministries and our parent churches from Garland, Wylie, Denton, and Arlington! This year we discussed using scripture and the stories in it to minister to people.  So many people at this conference impacted others who poured into me, and thus indirectly influenced who I am. It was amazing to look around and think about how God has used all of these relationships to impact so many lives both in and outside of that room. 


Cody, my pastoral supervisor. He's also become one of my best friends this year. I love meeting with him every Friday morning and talking about our lives, one on one ministry, and sitting on tre…