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Thursday, April 28, 2011

April 28 Prayer requests

Please keep the students in your prayers as they continue to try and both serve the Lord and stay motivated to complete schoolwork and jobs.  As finals approach, many are drained and tired, and it can be difficult to make this last big push. 

We are also preparing to set up our summer small groups, game nights, and our mission trip to Mexico along with several other projects for the summer and early next semester.  Since it is such a busy time, please pray that we all stay sensitive in the Spirit and get done that which needs done (based on His plans for us, not on our planners).  Thank you for your prayers and support!!!

April 27th update

Thank God for a glorious evening.  I was on a panel at Encounter (another college ministry) for the second week in a row.  Members of the audience were allowed to directly ask us questions or anonymously text questions to a computer.  The questions led to some very Biblical discussion.  Afterward, I had the opportunity to encourage several people and take part in some Spirit-led discussions about the topics that had been brought up.

Perhaps most interesting, however, was the next opportunity.  I was invited to sit in on a women’s group that shared their highs and lows in their week.  What followed was an excellent time of openness and sharing.  I will not mention any specifics about anything shared, but I will say that the Spirit enabled people to share very authentically what was really going on in their lives.  I was also very blessed and honored with an opportunity to pray for the young ladies.  I don’t have great words to explain it, but it was one of those times when I could just feel the Spirit move and knew that it should be, and I was truly honored and joyful to be used.   

They are amazing young ladies, the whole night was very good, and I thank God for a glorious evening.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April 13th

It seems to be a week of afternoon and late night one-on-one conversations...  These have ranged from conversations that have encouraged fellow ministry leaders and me to numerous one-on-one chats with college-aged individuals going through rough things in life.  The stuff shared in all of them is too personal to share even on a prayer blog, but I'd strongly request that you pray for a number of young ladies who need to draw their definition and value in Christ and God's love for them and for a number of Christians who are needing to listen as they walk with friends in need.  I would also ask that you pray that leadership in a variety of regional ministries listen, follow, and obey God...  He's doing some exciting things right now, and some of these things are difficult for some people to go through--but a necessary part of growth.

Thanks for your prayers and support!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Apr 6 Praise and update

Oh PS--small group went very well last night!  We had a VERY good time in the word and had a new person join us!  Please keep the small groups in your prayers!  Also, if you don't mind them being 'text only', feel free to check out some of our archived newsletters at our website!

End of the long silence April 6

Hello everyone!
   I apologize for the long silence and will do better about keeping this site up-to-date.  We have been having live conversations with many of you and have continued to send out the newsletter (if you do not receive the newsletter and wish to, please email and with subject 'add to newsletter' and we will send you one), but I have not been updating this blog.  Prayer support is absolutely key, so I will do a better job about keeping this current.
   The remainder of the week still involves two more small groups, two game nights, and a number of meetings and conversations in preparation for our Mexico mission trip this summer and the 'Get Plugged In' event next semester.  Please feel free to be in prayer for any of these and all of these.  On a personal note, I have been fairly sick for over a month and am finally feeling largely better.  Please keep me (Brandon) in your prayers, as well.
   We have the go ahead to purchase the equipment to turn game night(s) into game night(s) with a coffeehouse (Common Grounds coffee house) this month, so please pray for discernment and that we follow God's lead on that as we search for an appropriate espresso machine.
   Things have been going well in the community--many of our young ladies are getting together and supporting each other, and some of our young men are helping each other through some very difficult, personal struggles.  God is growing each small group community well (both in strength and numbers), and several exciting new opportunities are on the horizon (if you don't get the newsletter, sign up to get some more details about that)...
   Thank you again for your prayers and support!