Sunday, January 10, 2021

He Deserves Our Trust

With another winter break in the books, I've been reflecting a lot both on how worthy of our utmost trust God is, as well as where else we might be tempted to place our trust if we don't take time to remember what he's done.

We rounded the Fall semester off remembering how God worked in our ministry over the past few months, and I couldn't help but be overwhelmed with gratitude for how God has been at work. In spite of the crazy year 2020 was, and the unknowns that came with doing ministry during a pandemic, God showed us time and time again that he is the one sustaining us, not our ministry events, nor our talent as ministers, nor favorable circumstances for ministry. 

Our staff met for a Secret Santa gift exchange (^look at how cute we are^) before going on break and it was so meaningful to reflect together on how this year God gave us our most successful fundraising season ever, brought UTA students into brand new relationships with him, brought community-less Christians into our FOCUS family, gave students a desire to explore what they think about Jesus for the first time, and matured spiritual leaders in our community as he has year in and year out. My hope is that in future seasons of uncertainty, our staff can remember this most recent semester and turn to God with confidence in his sovereignty over our ministry.

Our winter break just concluded with a four-day staff retreat outside of Austin where our staff came together to worship with one another (above) and discuss with one another a book by the name of Money and Power (below). Speaking earlier of how worthy God is of our trust, this book really challenged some subtle ways we put our hope in the false god of money. It was such a helpful read as our staff goes on campus and ministers to students who already come from some of the richest families in the world and who are on the cusp of accumulating wealth of their own once they graduate. My hope is that our community would be a generous people that holds our wealth with open hands, ready to do whatever it is God wants us to do with it as we put our trust in him.

I would like to close by asking you for prayer -- prayer that our staff and students would continue to be faithful to God during another semester of COVID-affected college ministry, prayer that God would use our time of reflection over the break to help us put our trust in him as opposed to any other false god (especially money), and prayer that God would be glorified this semester as we see his work around us.

Thank you so much for making this all possible with your own generous use of God's money. I am so so grateful for a community of supporters like you guys who are committed to using your resources to see hearts turned to God.

With love and gratitude,

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