December Reflection

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.

Top- These are some of the students that are coming to New Year's Conference at our house helping us decorate for Christmas, Bottom Left- This is Mary, a student leader in our ministry that has committed to going on a Cross Cultural Project to Thailand this summer, Bottom Right- These are a few of the student leader girls after we went to dinner.

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.

Top Left- This is our entire CO Raleigh staff team after training, Right- This is the Campbell Staff team at the Summit Christmas Party, Bottom Left- For the Campus Outreach Christmas party we had a costume contest- needless to say the Campbell staff team won with Mary, Joseph and the 3 wise men and their camels

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.

Left- Me and one of my best friends Becca at the Christmas Party, Right- This is my cousin Lucas who I got to spend a lot of time with over break (He's just so cute he needs to be in all of my updates)

While this semester has had its ups and downs, it has honestly been an incredible season of life. I have never felt so fulfilled than I have this past month and in my job working for a campus ministry. I have fallen more in love with Christ and more confident in his faithfulness. God taught me this past semester that I don’t have to know the right things to say to students or have everything in my life in order or have the most experience sharing the gospel. He’s taught me that the more I realize I don’t have everything under control and the more I call out to him because I don’t know what to say to a student, the better. I have learned that crying out to Him asking Him for help is the best place to be and the place He moves the most. I learned that the times I don’t cry out to God I feel distant from Him and am less effective at loving students and pushing them to Christ. When I reflect on this semester I see God’s grace all over it and I am so thankful for every student I met, every verse I studied, and especially every cry out to God I made. I am thankful for God’s faithfulness and love in my own life. I’m thankful for God organizing every little baby step towards Christ that Campbell students have made. I’m thankful that God loves these students way more than I can even fathom. I am thankful that God allows me the opportunity to do ministry as a full time job and that he has given me all of you who generously give to me.

Prayer Requests

Tomorrow I will be headed down to Greenville, South Carolina for New Year’s Conference. Campbell has around 30 students coming and some of these students are not believers who will hear a clear gospel presentation for maybe the first time. The conference is one of my favorite times of the year and it allows me to cast vision for what I want to be true of my year and gives me a spark to start out my year engaged with God. I would love for all of you to be in prayer that God would be moving in the students’ hearts over conference. Here are the names of my friends that do not know Christ that I would love for you to pray for- Tori, Kayla, Monique, Travis, Ethan. Pray that the student leaders on this conference would develop a passion for reaching the lost at Campbell. If I have time on the conference I will send a short update with specific prayer requests for each student.

Thank you so much for the prayers and for supporting me throughout this semester! I am praying that God would bless each of you and your families in this next year!

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