Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Finishing Well!

Hello, everyone! Hope you all are doing well amidst the pandemic. October was a great month! Keep reading to hear more about why! 

Deep Dive 

Deep Dive is our Friday night service that we do every week. Rhett has been taking us through the gospel of Mark, and it has been SO GOOD! I am including a couple clips from his teaching times below. If it's something you're interested in watching in it's entirety, check out twitch.tv/utdfocus! 

Worship Night Round 2! 

We did another worship night this month for our students, and it was awesome. There is something about worshiping in the community of believers that is so refreshing, especially since we haven't been including it in our services. We spaced out chairs on a lawn and required masks. We had some reflection activities and worship led by student volunteers. Overall, it was a great night worshiping God together! 

Finishing Well 

The university is ending classes the week of Thanksgiving so that students traveling home for the holidays do not have to come back to campus. Finals will be totally online. Crazy! The last day of classes is November 25th. That means that we will be following suit and wrap up a couple weeks earlier than we normally would. In our community, we use "axioms", which are basically short statements that are easy to remember that have deeper meanings. One of these axioms is titled, "Finishing Well." The meaning behind it is that if we start something, we want to leave it better than we found it. This means we don't just give up because we are tired, discouraged, or quite frankly, lazy. We should seek to do our best when finishing things because how we finish is likely how we will be remembered. I've been thinking about this in terms of this semester. It is wild that we are now in the same month that our students' breaks will start! There is more work to be done this month, more people to get to know, more people on this campus to be reached out to. I think it is a good reminder for our students and our staff to finish this semester well! Please be praying for this next month, and that we would be a ministry that seeks to finish well before the Christmas break starts. 

Keep Focus Growing!

While our missionaries raise their own support, that doesn’t provide money for evangelistic events and materials, administrative costs, or money to seize new opportunities that come up during the year. The extra investments from our annual fundraiser make sure we are poised and ready for what God is doing on campuses around the DFW area.
God has already done so many incredible things, but we know we’ve hardly scratched the surface of the real need! Only a small fraction of the students on our campuses are involved in a Christian ministry, and many schools in DFW are void of Christian community altogether. Even among the students who have experienced real transformation in Christ, we know He isn’t finished with them. Your investment makes a difference. 
So that you know the money you give here is managed and spent well, we have been accredited by the ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). ECFA accreditation is based on standards of financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance, and ethical fundraising.

Can’t give today but want to take part? Make a pledge by emailing casey@anyfocus.org.

Thanks for tuning in this month. I appreciate all of the love, support, and prayers!