Wednesday, September 6, 2017

We're Up and Running!

Guys. This past month has been a whirlwind of experiences where God's faithfulness and provision have been on full display in our community!

Maverick Stampede

There is no way I can fully express how many awesome students God brought into our community and how many meaningful conversations and interactions He allowed me and the rest of our leader team to have with them during Maverick Stampede at UT Arlington. Mav Stampede is a two-week series of events hosted by the university in an attempt to connect students to each other and to student organizations, which provided such a great way for us to make friends and invite people into our community.

This was taken at the Big Howdy, where we danced the night away to Hindi music with our new international friends. It was lit.
From university events like the Big Howdy or the Welcome Back Splash pool party, to passing out popsicles on campus, to sitting with random students at lunch, we have gotten so many opportunities to provide spiritual friendship to those who are lonely or depressed, those who are in a new country and don't know anyone, and those who are being called by Jesus into intimacy with Him (even if they don't know it yet).

Thursday Night Fellowship

Our first TNF of the year! Most of these are new people. Are you kidding me?!
Last Thursday we met for our first Thursday Night Fellowship (TNF) of the year. We were kind of bummed about not having a room on campus in which to meet, but God still made it an awesome night where so many connections were made! We worshiped alongside our new friends, discussed the fullness of life that Jesus wants to bring to each one of us, and totally took over our local Whataburger afterward (for the Kingdom!).


Finally, I wanted to take some time to tell you about our first core. Core is our weekly small group where we seek truth (read: Jesus) and genuine love (read again: Jesus) alongside brothers who may or may not be believers yet. My cofa (co-facillitator), Cole, and I hosted core at my house this week and it blew my expectations out of the water.

You may need to turn up the brightness on your device for this one. We had to take a panorama shot to fit everyone in the picture!
After all these years of core, I am still blown away by God's faithfulness every year. We had over twenty guys show up and we all hit it off so fast! For this first week, we discussed what true friendship looks like and compared the model we are fed by the world to the model we are given in Jesus. It got so vulnerable so fast. We had Christians, Hindus, Muslims, atheists, and agnostics opening up to each other on day one and finding truth in the words of Jesus, some of them encountering Him for the first time. I am SO excited about a great year with these guys.

Thank you!!

Thank you so so much for your direct investment in the fruit being borne in our community. God has taken our prayers and finances and done exponentially more with them than we could ever do on our own. Please continue to pray that our students would be brought face to face with Jesus in huge ways this year and that our leaders and staff would be faithful in pursuing these students with God's wisdom and love.

With love and gratitude,


  1. Hope and I loved reading (listening) to how your first few weeks at UTA went. It sounds like God is most definitely present and moving there. Super excited to keep up with it through you!
    Much love and gratitude from Denton and Dallas,
    Kristin and Hope

    1. Haha I can't tell if you're making fun of my use of "love and gratitude" but I'll take it ;) Glad this could serve as an encouragement to you guys!
      Much love and gratitude from Arlington,

  2. Jalen!

    So great to hear about how stampede and first core went! I'll be praying for you as you continue to invest into these people's lives!


    1. Stefan!

      Dude, it was great indeed! Thanks for the prayers, man :)


  3. Hey Jalen! What a thrill to meet so many people who are open to encountering Jesus through Core. I am eager to meet more of those guys and see how God works through you and Cole in their lives. I am thankful to have you building God's kingdom at UTA! Love you bro!