Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Another Semester in the Books!

Friends, the end of the school year is already upon us! As I look back over what God has done this year, I am overcome with gratitude for his faithfulness. He has demonstrated his goodness in all the ways he used imperfect, broken people who merely said “yes” to being used by him to do SO much more than we could ever ask or imagine.


I have been so blessed by my core this year. I’ve never been part of such a consistent, genuine, loving group of guys who have been willing to go out of their comfort zones to grow in their relationships with God. God took freshmen who came in with expectations of being poured into and turned them into ministers who pour into those around them. He took students who reluctantly dipped their toe into ministry because it seemed like it might be a good idea and gave them the desire to declare him as Lord through baptism. He took students who were at one time asking, “How much evangelism do I need to do in order to please God?” and gave them a genuine drive to be a part of seeing their classmates get to know Jesus. God used our core this year to do more than just provide a place for people to come and make friends; rather, he was interested in using our community to win people’s hearts with his love and spur them to look more like his Son.


I have also been so blessed by our leader team this year. Between my relationships with the other core facilitators and with the other staff, God surrounded me with a community of leaders where mutual encouragement to persevere in the face of trials and to rejoice in ministry could be found.

I’m going to miss both of these groups very much next year as we move on to where the Lord is calling us and as we invite new faces and hearts into our community, but I am so excited for what he wants to do next!

Moving into the summer, I would like to ask that you please pray for our upcoming student leaders as they attend SICM in less than a week. This ten-day leadership conference in Washington is always such a crucial time in the development of our leaders as God equips them to pastor their classmates on campus.

Thank you guys so much for your support of our ministry this year and of me throughout this apprenticeship. You played such a huge role in everything God’s done through this ministry to bring Jesus to UTA!

With love and gratitude,
Jalen