Happy new year, y'all! I hope you've had a wonderful and safe Christmas and are feeling refreshed. I know I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and getting to meet with students again!
I thought I'd continue on the train of introducing more of the girls in my peer team! Each one of them really does bless me so much.
I've mentioned Maddie before, but this is my cofa (we lead our core together)! I didn't know Maddie really at all before this year but I'm so immensely grateful to have gotten to spend so much time with her. We counted and most weeks we see each other up to 8 or 9 hours! Maddie is studying music therapy at TWU and this is her first year being a corefa. Maddie has been so willing and ready to learn how to lead and love people well. Last semester was difficult for her because she is immunocompromised so there is some risk for her to continue doing campus ministry during this pandemic. She has had to walk the line between using wisdom and discerning fear over and over again. And she has done so faithfully and prayerfully. The corefa role comes with a certain measure of responsibility that can be stressful. On top of that, while we take all of the precautions we can, there are some necessary risks when it comes to investing in students. She's getting that glimpse into what it means to suffer for the Lord - to willingly step into stressful, uncomfortable roles and to pursue obedience to God. Spiritually, I have seen Maddie grow a lot this year, especially in being others minded and really choosing selflessness in a world that tells us to take care of ourselves first. And she's a good friend to boot!
Moriah, or Mo, is a senior at TWU, studying occupational therapy. This is her first year as a corefa as well. As you might be able to tell by her bright smile, Mo is so much fun to be around! She brings so much energy to the room (or backyard, more likely) and she is really good at fun ice breaker questions. ("If a giant taco monster was attacking your house, what one thing would you grab on your way out?") Mo has been learning so much about how Jesus did ministry. At the beginning of the year, she was pretty nervous to be a corefa and to do one on one Bible studies since that was all new to her. But she has really pushed herself and the Lord has faithfully shown up in her ministry.
Jenna is at TWU too, leading a core with Mo. This is also her first year as a corefa. Jenna started out in FOCUS at Collin College before coming to Denton to study Interdisciplinary Studies. Jenna and I couldn't communicate more differently but I'm so glad I get to spend so much time with her. She's learning so much about following Jesus no matter what people will think or what they expect of her. It's so cool to see that shift in students as they realize the difference between what God wants for them and what the world tells them is good. Jenna is learning to love people based on their needs, not what they want to hear. What an important lesson to learn! I'm so proud of her!