Wrapping up 2021!

Happy Christmastime!! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. My parents and one of my sisters, Kelsey, came to visit us in Plano this year which was a fun change - though I certainly miss our annual Campbell family Thanksgiving feasts. The last couple months have flown by for me and I can't believe our students are in their final week of the semester! It's been so nice to be back in person with students and to get to spend more time on campus together. I'm still blown away by the growth our community at large has experienced in one short semester.


Throughout the semester, we continued spending a bit of time on campus every Tuesday to meet students and invite to hangout with us. One of my favorite activities we did (thanks to our apprentice Renee) was bring super mini lego sets and invite people to come build little animals they could take home with them! I loved getting to know students while we did such a creative hands-on activity!


For the last several years, Collin FOCUS has not had a room to meet in on campus for Thursday Night Fellowship. We had been using the back of the cafeteria which was an odd shape and we always had to get there really early to set up everything in order to make it a functional space. This semester we were given a space to meet and it is incredible! We are very thankful to our school for giving us a space that makes it even easier to meet than before but one that is still inviting and practical for Thursday Night Fellowship! Adriana and I took this selfie with everyone one of our first few weeks there!


In November, we had our fall Pizza Theology called "How to Think Like a Christian". The point was not to tell students what to think, but to help them grow in how they think. We wanted to give them resources to be deep thinkers and good learners. This was our Pizza Theology in person in years and I was so amazed by the turnout! It's encouraging to see so many young college students eager to learn and use their minds.


The picture above is all of our girl corefas (student leaders) at our corefa Christmas party! I get to meet with five of the students in this picture one on one every week and I couldn't be more proud of the work they have put in this semester! Every one of them is a hard working student, has a job, and spent around 15 hours volunteering as student leaders for FOCUS this semester (and will continue in doing so next semester). Remember when I mentioned going from 13 students and 10 campus pastors to around 100 students in my previous update? Well a huge thanks is to these girls for letting Jesus be the center of their lives and loving people at Collin college so well. I am incredibly proud of each one of them and have loved getting to know them. They are genuine and fun to be around and have the biggest hearts!

This semester has not been short of its ups and downs in our ministry. As we have grown, we've also been pruned. But the Lord has been steadfast and faithful and I am hopeful that he will continue to be just that!

Prayer Requests
  • For our students as they go on a month long break
  • For our Winter Camp that is one month away (January 14th-17th). It is more expensive than usual for our students so please pray for their fundraising efforts if they need that over this break
  • For the Collin College faculty - they have had a rough go of it this year and we want to be as supportive as we can to them as an organization on campus
Please let me know if there is any way I can be praying for you! I hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year!
  
With love,
Jacy

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