Chalk Art and Surprise Parties

Hi friends and family!  Thanks for taking the time to read my blog update for the month.  I've got some cool stuff to fill y'all in on with more pictures this time!

As always, I sincerely thank God for all my donors' support, whether financial or spiritual.  It's such a great opportunity to reach the college campus for Christ.


Core

At first, it was hard for me and James to get our core guys to where they feel comfortable around each other, but God has been hard at work with that this month!  Our guys have been talking and joking with each other like they've known each other for years.  Forming relationships with the guys in your core is definitely what I enjoyed most when I was in a core my first semester in FOCUS and last year when I first led a core.  It's such a great feeling to start forming strong relationships with these guys that you spend a day every week with.
Our core was also featured on our Instagram page recently! Check it out!

Classes

We recently finished up our Old Testament Foundations class.  To conclude, we had an online Q&A with Iain Provan, an Old Testament scholar and professor at Regent College, who's lectures we used throughout the course in addition to textbook reading and discussion with the other apprentices and Brandon and Victoria.  It was such a cool opportunity to ask Iain some questions we had throughout the course that Brandon and Victoria didn't know the answers to.  While it's honestly pretty cool that I can now say that I've read the whole Old Testament, I certainly don't have quite all the theology and ideas nailed down.  I remember Brandon telling us at the beginning of the class back in August (wow, time flies) that it's ok to only get 10% of the material (which honestly is where I feel I am) and that it's 10% more than you had before.  This class has reminded me that we are lifelong learners, especially when it comes to learning who God is and what he is wanting to teach us and show us through Scripture.

Here's a screenshot from our Zoom call with Iain (bottom left)!  He is so wise and knowledgeable as well as funny and engaging.

Outreach

We were able to do some small outreach events on campus this month, which really consisted of small games and activities that we could safely do together.  We would ask students walking by if they would want to join us, and we got more yeses than I anticipated!  Something that is still coming more and more clear to me is just how hungry students are this year so far to have connection with others.  I remember when I was in college and having very few friends and desperately wanting someone to reach out to me to start a friendship, and now I can only imagine how much more students may be wanting that.  

One of the activities we had for the students was coloring.  Yes, adults like to color, too.  Honestly, it's quite relaxing.

Some of the more artistically-inclined students made some chalk art.  I wish I was just as talented.  I can hardly draw a stick figure :(

Relationships

One of my favorite things about the apprenticeship so far has been the relationships I've been able to form with the other apprentices.  We spend multiple times a week with each other for class, and we've grown to be such close friends over the past few months.  Joey, one of the apprentices at Collin College, had his birthday mid-October, so we decided to throw him a small surprise party during our lunch break on one of our class days.  

These guys are some of the sweetest people I've met in my life.  They're fun, vulnerable, loving, caring, and God-loving.  I can't wait to spend the rest of the year with them.

A screenshot of some us in the waiting room before an Among Us game together.  I never got to play imposter, but I am somehow good at making everyone think I'm the imposter.

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for continued protection from COVID.  Our ministry has stayed very healthy since the beginning of the school year.
  • Please continue to pray that we will be able to meet new students throughout the year.  Our outreach events this month have been a powerful testament that so many students are being missed this year.
  • Please pray for guidance for my path at the end of the apprenticeship.  I have an idea of what I may want to do at the end of the apprenticeship, but please pray for continued guidance and wisdom.

In Christ,

Jacob



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