Oh man! We have just gotten off fall break, and let me tell you, it was much needed! We have been going and going since early August, but I wouldn’t change a single thing about it. We have been on 2 missionary summits, held a fairly large retreat at the beginning of school, have helped put on 2 evening retreats, moved in freshman, signed people up for bible studies, started leading bible studies, and have invited people into discipleship…It has been such a wonderful experience so far. But today, I want to share with you the people that I met back in June, my team. There are 6 of us, Sean (far left), Julie (right side of Sean), Janna Clare (to the right of Julie), Allison (to the right of Janna Clare), Nathan (far right) and myself. The Lord has truly blessed me with each of them, through what the have taught me and how much joy they have brought me in this radical time of change!
Sean – Sean is our team director, which is really no surprise. Sean has such a great zeal for this mission and the University of Louisiana. As a team director, he has really helped me in understanding what the heck I am doing here. As a brother in Christ he is hilarious, he has some pretty sweet dance moves and always seems to have something witty to say. What really inspires me about Sean is how in love he is with Christ and the mission, he really does bring the mission into every aspect of his life and, even he, admits that picking up our cross is this mission is hard but it is worth it. Thank you Lord of the gift of my brother Sean.
Julie – Julie is a December grad (almost a ULL Alum!!), and sadly, she will be leaving us to go spread the word of God to another campus in January. Julie has been student teaching since school has started, she wakes up every morning but on her super cute teacher clothes and teaches an 8th grade English class at a local school. She often comes home and has some hilarious story about her students doing something crazy (oh middle school!). Julie has taught me that it is okay, and often times needed, to embrace ones emotions. Her and I have had some pretty great heart to hearts where one of us has cried (sometimes both). Lord, I am so thankful that you have put my dear sister Julie on my team!
Janna Clare – Or as we all call her JC!!! Janna Clare is like that little sister who is always excited and ready to go! She makes me laugh all the time and just brings the team up with her goofy facial expressions, the crazy things she says, and most importantly her wild dance moves! JC and I are extremely different when it comes to a lot of things, for example, she is very much a morning person…I, on the other hand, am not! But we have found so much common ground, and above all, her and I both love Jesus. She has done such a wonderful job here on campus and I am so happy that she has become like the little sister I always wanted (she even lets me wear her clothes!!) Oh Lord, thank you so much for the gift of my sister Janna Clare, she brings so much laughter to the team and brings me so much joy!
Allison – Allison is a part of Varsity Catholic (all of her disciples are competing athletes for ULL) and it very much shows. She is an athlete through and through. Allison is very driven when it comes to her girls and it is really always so fun to hear her stories and conversion for her soccer girls. Allison, is most definitely the mom of our group, she helps Sean in anything that he needs but she is also so available to us (mostly me and all my questions about things), but she is also such good friends with all of her disciples…which I mean is the goal here! She has taught me that as much as we have to be available to our students, we also have to be here for one another as a team, we have to help each other excel just as much as our students. Lord, thank you for the gift of your daughter, and my sister, Allison and all her words of encouragement.
And last, but most certainly not least, Nathan – Nathan is very much the silent but deadly type. Most of the time Nathan is somewhere out in space and we don’t know what happens on those little trips he takes during meetings, but when he comes back down to earth he has some hilarious to add or something super profound. Nathan and I have been in the same boat for a lot of the past 2 months, not knowing exactly why we are are here but loving every single minute of it. Nathan has such a passion to learn more about the faith and help others to want the same thing. The other day I took him to the airport and with a huge grin on his face he told me about how he asked one the guys here, Jo, into discipleship. The pure joy that came from him was so incredible to see. Thank you Lord for making Nathan apart of this team, for his humor and his heart.
Lord, I ask you to keep blessing team UL and helping us all learn and grow from one an other. Thank you so much for these beautiful, funny, passionate brothers and sisters! I could not do it without them.