I hope every one of you had a merry and blessed Christmas full of joy! I had an incredible Advent season and Christmas surrounded by family and friends.
I have had an eventful month which started out with inviting students to New Year’sConference and having conversations with our student leaders about their summer plans. Last time I sent an update I told you about New Year’s Conference and all of the students from Campbell who were considering coming. God was faithful and six of those students in that email signed up for conference! Thank you so much for the prayers! Each summer we ask our student leaders to either be on the leadership team for the Summer Orlando Project or go overseas for a Cross Cultural Project. This year Campbell has 10 student leaders in Campus Outreach committed to spending their summers deepening their walks with God and learning how to lead others to Christ. It is incredible to see God save students and then see them grow throughout the year and especially on these summer opportunities.
After that I had staff training for three days in the triangle. December staff training is focused on developing our staff team in our personal walks with God while August and January training is focused on planning for our outward ministry on our campuses. We spent three days learning about the body of Christ by looking at how God views his church and how people should see and interact with the church. It was extremely beneficial for me and I learned how important it is for me to be invested in a local church. That being said, I am excited to announce that after a semester of searching the Campbell staff team has found and committed to investing in Grace Community Church in Angier, NC. We were previously attending the Summit Church in Cary but it was too far of a drive for our staff team and our students to really invest in the church. I am really excited to start attending Grace, serving the church, and having an older generation of believers discipling me.
After staff training I came back to Campbell for a few days and spent some time packing up and saying goodbye to students. I then had the opportunity to speak at a missions dinner at a local church in my hometown. This was an incredible opportunity and allowed me to reflect on the grace of God in my own life through how Christ saved me and also the grace of God I have experienced in my first semester of staff at Campbell. After that I went home to my parent’s house and spent some time catching up on rest (I can’t hang with the college student sleep schedule anymore haha). After returning to a normal sleep schedule I took a short tour of eastern North Carolina and visited a few family members and friends. I spent Christmas with my family in Sanford catching up with extended family and eating too much. This Christmas may be the first Christmas where I really focused on and celebrated Christ’s coming. When I am at home it is really easy for me to fall out of my routine and stop having daily time with God but this break was different. I was doing an Advent Bible study (which I highly recommend) and it really helped me focus on Christ’s birth and how big of a deal it is that God left his glory and was born as a man. Christ came to earth knowing that he would be hated and despised by the people He came to save- but He did it anyway because he loved us so much. It is so easy to go through the craziness of Christmas and forget to stop and consider the miracle of Christ’s birth but I am so thankful God allowed me to really experience and savor Christmas for the first time.