Wrapping up 2021
Happy New Year! As we wrap up 2021 it’s encouraging to look back and see how God has been leading us and where He has been working. One of our prayer requests in our last newsletter was for small group Bible studies to get off the ground. We now have a consistent group of high schoolers that meet on Monday nights to study God’s Word. What a praise! Please continue to pray with us that this group will grow deeper in their desire to know God and apply His Word to their lives. We are also praying for more transparency in the group and deeper sharing as the kids get to know each other and the leaders better.
Club / Outreaches
We had a great turnout of kids for our November outreach. Kate, one of our college student leaders, gave a powerful message about trusting God during discouraging times. She used a combination of recent stories from her own life as well as scripture from the book of Job. All eyes were focused on Kate as she shared some of her own hardships, discouragement with health issues, setbacks in her athletic career, as well as relationship struggles. This led to some deep discussions and prayers during the small group time. Our motto for our outreaches is: ” A party with a purpose!” We want the kids to bring their friends, have fun AND hear about how much God loves them and wants to free them from their sin. Below is a picture of Kate giving her talk at Club.
We continue to see new faces at our monthly outreaches and pray that these students want to keep coming back to hear more. God has also blessed us with two potential new leaders from another small college nearby, St Mary’s of the Woods (SMW). One of our current leaders spoke at a local high school FCA group last year & connected with Ava, who was a high school senior and president of FCA at the time. Ava is now a freshman at SMW college and one of the college students who is now coming to help with our events! So amazing to see how God works through connections!
Ready for 2022!
Shannon is starting the new year off by taking several of our college leaders on a leaders retreat to the Passion Conference in Atlanta! It is an amazing conference geared towards 18 to 25-year-olds and encouraging them to make their lives count for Christ. The worship is fantastic and the lineup of speakers includes Louie Giglio & wife Shelley ( hosts of the conference ) as well as Tim Tebow, Sadie Robertson, and several others. Please pray that God keeps us safe on our travels and uses this time to fill & refresh us as well as guide and direct us. If you would like to make a financial donation towards our trip you can do that here:https://www.disciplebuilding.org/give/greg-hammond/
Thank you so much for partnering with us in this ministry! May the Lord bless you with His peace and His joy in 2022!
Greg and Shannon