FCA has been going well. We have a strong core of students that have been helping us plan it. We have moved it from Thursday nights to Monday nights at the suggestion of some of the athletes and coaches. This seemed to work better schedule wise for our athletes. With the change, we had the biggest night of the semester.
Our Dinner and Discussion’s have been going great as well. We have definitely grown greatly since last year. One of the topics we discussed this past month was “What do we do when terrible things happen?” and what does the Bible say about it? We had students write moments they have had with that in their life, things they still struggle with on a notecard without their name. It was heartbreaking... rape, molestation, relationship unfaithfulness, waking up drunk and naked in the middle of the street lost, pulling a good friend out of a car wreck only to find him decapitated. Those things are a lot to carry. We don’t always have all the answers but I’m thankful that Rachel and I can be there for these students.
On a lighter note, we had a pretty awesome Silver Mountain Camp and Climb. We hiked, camped, and hiked some more. We even had a church service where the topic was “The great things you can do when Christ is your guide.”
You can find a full report on our website but I thought I’d leave you with the kind words of one of our students who commented without our asking on our Silver trip report.
“I was a student who went on this adventure and it was one of the best experiences I have had in Durango so far. Many of us pushed ourselves to a new limit that we have never experienced before. There were so many times during the hike when I thought ‘I am not sure that I can keep going without stopping’ but being surrounded in God's beautiful creation gave me the breath and the strength to keep going. At one point I got tears in my eyes because so many times this world puts limitations on us that weigh us down...but on this trip it was almost as if God gave me the wings to fly. Having these outdoor adventures really touch my heart because I tend to feel God's presence most in natural environments. I can't thank Mike and Rachel enough for all they have done in my life, let alone for leading these amazing adventure trips. So thank you to all of the supporters for making this possible and please know how much they change lives and bring students closer to God. It really is beautiful.” -Kim Heald
--For the students Rachel and I are meeting with one-on-one, that they would desire to know God more.
--Pray that God would soften students’ hearts for the Gospel and that the Holy Spirit would convict.
--For open hearts, for many to join us prayerfully and financially to bring the Gospel to Fort Lewis.
--That God would continue growing us closer to Him and help us not neglect our first ministry; our marriage.
Thank you for joining with us to reach Fort Lewis College in with the Gospel! -Cheers and God Bless, Mike & Rachel