Student Institute of Campus Ministry

 Hey everyone!


I hope your summer has started off right! I wanted to update you all on what has been going on in our Denton ministry lately!

SICM

A couple of weeks ago we were able to return to our yearly ministry conference in Bellingham WA. We typically take around a hundred students up there to be trained for campus ministry with a group called Campus Christian Fellowship. They've been doing campus ministry for over 50 years and we have been so blessed to be able to partner with them every year to learn from them and equip a new group of students to come back and be evangelists on their campuses. It's hard to overstate how impactful this trip usually is on our students. Year after year when we take people, we see the fruit of their growth on the campuses next year as they come back and are energized and equipped to meet students on campus and invite them to follow Jesus. 

Here's the group of students we took this year! They are from all of our campuses. Denton, Dallas, Arlington, Ft. Worth. 
Me and these guys stayed together for the week with a family from the church who showed us incredible hospitality by taking us in for the week. Thank you Sims family!!

We did a hike before the conference started and it was beautiful. This is a lot of the students that came from Denton!

Seminary

Another exciting part of my work lately has been working through a seminary class. It is a class called 4 Short Letters from Paul, and it covers 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Colossians and Philippians. Myself and a few of our other staff did the lectures remotely on zoom, and that just finished up so we're working on the final two papers now. It's been a really helpful class, not just for familiarizing myself more with those books, but also giving me a lot of helpful content to think through and utilize more in conversations with students and preaching. I'm excited about the prospect of continuing to work through seminary in the coming months/years if that continues to be a possibility. 

Family Life

Jude just turned 1 this past week! It's crazy to think that this little guy has already been with us that long, time has seriously FLOWN by. 

He got to go to the Denton splash pad on his bday and obviously loved it. 

We love him so much. Nicole is doing well. She is still working as a wedding photographer and doing an amazing job at it. If you or anyone you know needs photography work done, check her out! https://catherinenicolephotography.com/

 She is also such a good mom, I'm so thankful for her. Jude and I are very blessed to have her in our lives. our life is super hectic right now with both of us working so much and raising a kid now, but I'm thankful to be partnered with her in this. God is good!
He was having fun most of the time. 

Fundraising and Thank You!

The other big project for this summer is fundraising for this coming year. I'm still a ways to go from my goal, so if you know of people you can refer to me who might love to be a financial partner with a college ministry, please let me know! 

That brings me to you guys, and a big thank you is in order. You all are the reason I am able to continue to work on the campus to minister to and reach college students, so thank you! I hope you know that your generosity is so very much appreciated. 

Ryan




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