Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Happy New Year!

I hope you're having a happy 2018 so far! The new year is off to a thrilling start for FOCUS.

Keep FOCUS Growing

THANK YOU to everyone who gave to our annual Keep FOCUS Growing campaign in 2017. We raised an INCREDIBLE $64,000, far exceeding our goal! This money will empower FOCUS to meet the challenges of 2018 fully equipped and free from financial worries. We are beyond blessed by God's gracious provision through generous donors like you.

Staff Retreat

Me, Isabelle, and Sloan
Every January, our staff takes four days to spend on a retreat in the beautiful Texas hill country. Our time is filled with fun activities like hiking (pictured above) and playing games, as well as praying together and discussing a book that we've read. This year, our team left retreat feeling refreshed by the message of God's grace presented in The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. We also left with stronger bonds as a team, which will allow us to work hard this semester with full confidence in our teammates.

Winter Camp

The rest and relaxation we enjoy on retreat is the calm before the storm of our biggest event of the year: Winter Camp! This year, we will gather over six hundred students from our ten different campuses to a campground called Sky Ranch. These motivated young people will spend a long weekend worshiping and learning together. Guest speakers Geoff and Jessica Mumley will be traveling from Washington to preach to our group on the theme "Send Me."

Please pray for our Winter Camp, especially these specific needs:
- Pray that students would be open to hear from God this weekend. For many of our students, Winter Camp has been a catalyst for change in their relationship with Jesus.
- Pray that students would deepen relationships with one another this weekend. They will have ample opportunity to talk and play at camp, and the relationships they grow here may last a lifetime!
- Pray for safety. With this many people traveling to camp and participating in activities there, we ask that you would pray for absolute safety for everyone.

Thank you so much for the prayers and support you give to me and FOCUS. I cherish them!

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