At the beginning of October, I busily prepared for the wedding of two dear friends, Danni and Ryan. I've mentioned Danni in my blog before, but just to remind you, she came to the US as an international student from China. I met Ryan when we were both students in FOCUS. I introduced Ryan and Danni, and they started dating pretty quickly. They went through Pre-Engagement Counseling together, where they worked through marriage issues ranging from family roles to sex to money. In FOCUS and our churches, we encourage couples who have been dating exclusively for a while and considering marriage to go through this counseling with an older, married couple as their guide. We do it "pre-engagement" instead of "pre-marital" because this allows the couple to really consider these serious issues before a ring has been bought, a date has been set, and the stress of planning a wedding has set in. Anyway, Ryan & Danni celebrated their marriage in a beautiful, intimate ceremony that I got to share with them. I rejoice to know that each of them has married someone fully committed to following Christ, because the Lord is the only trustworthy foundation for a marriage, or truly for a life at all.
|Two of my dearest friends got married in October!|
|Two Chinese students carving a pumpkin for the first time|
On October 25, all of the FOCUS campuses, along with our three churches in Garland, Wylie, and Denton, met together for our annual Leadership Conference. Anyone who leads in worship, in small groups, in Cores, or in one-on-one studies was invited to this event. I was amazed to see how many people showed up and declared their intention to be leaders in our kingdom mission! Our theme for the day was Vision. Different speakers from our churches and campuses shared how they caught the vision for ministry and how we can effectively share that vision with others. It was an inspiring day spent together with some amazing leaders. We ended the day by sharing our prayers for God to inspire us with His vision and clear away the barriers that keep us from pursuing that vision.
|One of our interns, Sarah, shared a poem at the Leadership Conference.|
|A Leadership Conference selfie with interns Cody and Rachel|
|Mile 9 and still going strong!|