WE MADE IT THROUGH FEBRUARY! WE DID IT, Y'ALL!
Whew. What a whirlwind of a month. February is to the spring semester as September is to the fall semester: lots of events, lots of things to prepare for, lots of feeling like I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off (this is only a mild exaggeration).
It's almost laughable how much I need to be reminded of the Lord's grace. He wills this work to happen. He provides the grace to make it so. He hasn't failed me yet. And yet my human faith is so fragile sometimes!
February was basically four weeks of this exchange between the Lord and I:
Me: Father, there's no way this is going to work out.
The Lord: Oh, really? You don't think so?
*everything works out*
Me: ....right. Sorry. Please help me to trust in You more.
Thankfully, because we have a merciful God, He used nearly everything that happened this month to teach me something different about His provision in my life.
Minnesota Banquet - Celebrating 30 Years
Saint Paul's Outreach has been reaching out to college students for 30 years. THIRTY. YEARS. SPO started seven years before I was born. It is mind-blowing and incredible. Since Texas does not have a benefit banquet as of now, the Minnesota Banquet was my first experience at this kind of event; and it definitely did not disappoint! There were over 630 people in attendance - some had never heard of SPO, and some have been supporting this mission since the very beginning. In my own life, the Lord used this night to remind me of how much I love working for Saint Paul's Outreach, and how blessed I am to be apart of this incredible ministry. The Lord reminded me of His tangible provision, as I was able to meet so many of the benefactors and donors who are so generous with their money each month to make sure that I get to be on campus, showing the love of Christ to students. One of the women in my formation small group, Jazlyn, wrote a blog post for the SPO National website about her experience at the banquet. I encourage all of you to check it out, as well as this video shown at the banquet that literally gives me all of the feelings:
We have an awesome team of students planning each of our Women's Nights this semester. Earlier in February, we had an 80's Zumba night. Zumba is my favorite kind of exercise - the kind that doesn't really feel like exercise at all - and everyone had a blast! One of our SPO alumni gave a talk on living a healthy and balanced lifestyle in college with Christ at the center, and the women really enjoyed it. God has been using these nights to provide a space for women to be themselves and to experience His love through the sisterhood we share with each other. We have another Women's Night coming up on Friday and we're talking about everyone's favorite subject...RELATIONSHIPS! Please pray for us!
Fan Into Flame
When your boss tells your team over and over again that all of the work we have done this year has been leading up to this one weekend, you can start to feel a lot of pressure. Thankfully, we were also constantly reminded that it's really not up to us at all - it's the Lord's work, we are just His instruments. Our Fan Into Flame retreat two weeks ago was a great reminder of that. From the early stages of our planning, we had a sense that the Lord had more in store for this weekend than we could ever plan or even imagine. Of course, He was right. For many of the students on Fan Into Flame, this retreat served as a way to recharge their faith, to help them go just a step or two deeper into the Father's heart. For others, though, this was their first retreat, their first time proclaiming Jesus as Lord of their lives, or simply just their first time experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit. No matter where students were at, the Lord blessed them, and I was once again reminded of God's powerful provision. If we take but the smallest step, the Lord will still provide the grace.
In just 11 short days, our Alaska Mission Trip begins!!! I can hardly believe it! In the next few days, I have much to do for this trip: talks to write, worship songs to practice, hiking pants to buy (where even do I start with that?). I am so grateful to all of my supporters that donated to make sure I was fully funded for this trip. The students coming on this trip were also able to experience the Lord's provision in this tangible way, as He provided donors and funds for each of us. We are all so grateful! Please pray for us as the trip draws nearer and nearer!
To all that regularly read my updates and support me in every way, I am so grateful for you. Another newsletter is on the way!
To Jesus through Mary,
My name is Rebecca. This blog is a documentation of my life as a missionary with Saint Paul's Outreach - in Minnesota, Florida, and everywhere in-between. Thanks for stopping by!