Thank you for your support and for reading my blog this month. It's been such a blessing to see God working in the lives of students (and my own) so I'm incredibly thankful for your generosity and your sharing of the same Kingdom vision that I have!
At the beginning of the month we had a staff development retreat! Most students were home for the holidays so we had some extra time to get together as a staff and get to know each other more and prepare for the semester. I really enjoyed this time. The Focus staff really feels like another family for me, so it was awesome to get to spend extended time with them, which has been so hard to come by this year because of the pandemic. We spent a good chunk of our time together discussing this book called Money and Power by Jacques Ellul. If you want to read something that will shake up the way you think about using money, go read this and get back to me about it!
Like I said, as a ministry we are focusing on the value of prayer and a consistent prayer-life for our students. The goal is that our students would "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
The half-day prayer retreat is going to be really special. We basically planned a time for the students to get away from their routines for a short while and invest in their relationships with God. First we will help teach them how to pray and then they will spend most of the half-day in solitude with the Lord. What an exciting opportunity! I'm pumped for these just for myself.
The prayer challenge one was actually my idea - each week at "Deep Dive" (more to come on that) we'll be handing out a new challenge to remind our students to pray and to grow their hearts for other people around them.