Happy fall y'all!! This semester has been flying by, but I'm trying to slow down and take in the day to day moments I get to be part of with so many sweet people. The picture above is from Fall Camp which we had at the beginning of October. We had around 70 students show up and that's a pretty big deal to us. You might think that's unimpressive or numbers don't mean anything ~ and don't get me wrong, if only 5 students came to camp we would've been over the moon excited and that would've been successful to us. But being at a junior college means our ministry has very high turnover. Students join for a year, maybe lead for a year, but typically transfer after 1 or 2 years. COVID, for many obvious reasons, plus our turnover rate, really meant we were dwindling coming into this school year.
I'm genuinely blown away by the hard work our students have put in simply to invite classmates and friends into community and then the response we have had to that. God has taken an unimpressive little group of people and faithfully used their efforts to multiply. How cool that you and I get to be part of this little corner of the kingdom?!
Every Tuesday, we host Tuesday Hang on campus simply to give people a space to spend time together on campus. Occasionally we have discussion questions posted and facilitate some deeper conversations, but oftentimes, we show up to give people something to do while they wait in between classes. In the picture above, some of our students are teaching new friends how to play one of my personal favorites - Dutch Blitz.