James 1:17

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
These past three years with Mississippi State RUF have been a gift from the Lord. We know that we will look back on this season with much fondness and gratitude. When we originally heard we were placed in Starkville, we were nervous about how we’d like living in a small Mississippi town and working for a much bigger RUF than the one we went to in college. The truth is we didn’t know how many good things and good people were right around the corner, how much personal spiritual growth we were going to see in ourselves and in the students around us, and how hard and sad it would be to leave after three years. 
We lucked out not with one but two great campus ministers and campus staff wives. We are so thankful that our time in Starkville overlapped with them and the Nolens (our amazing admin assistant). There is much I could say about them but Grant and I will always be thankful that they are who the Lord put into our lives as staff during our time in Starkville. 
The Everitts and some of the interns they had during their time at State
The Johnsons, Nolens, and us at our last end of the year staff dinner. 
We also are thankful for all the students. Grant and I were reminiscing the other day and realized that between us we have met with over 300 students in three years! That is over 300 different ways we have seen God at work! When I look back on the internship, seeing God working in the lives of over 150 girls, has grown my view of God and how He works. Going into the internship, I was aware of God working in my life and some of my close friends. But what I learned from my students is how much God cares about the individual and how creative He is in His work. He is at work in everyone’s life but in ways crafted to who that student is as a person. My view of God has grown because of the students I have had the privilege of meeting.  

Below are some pictures of students we now have the privilege of calling friends. We are especially thankful for our juniors and seniors. We went though COVID together and we are proud of the people they have become and the ways they love and pursue the Lord and the people around them.
This is my friend Sarah. She was the first student that I met for coffee at 929 (pictured behind us) and she was the last. Sarah is always looking for ways she can love her friends better and I haven’t met someone who thinks about what she believes and why she believes it so much. She is off this summer to work with Joni and Friends in Thailand and will be teaching kids in Mississippi post graduation!
My first year of the internship Elliott sent me Eli’s number and told me to text her about meeting up for coffee. We didn’t know each other at all (not even what each other looked like!) but in that first meeting, Eli asked me just as many questions about myself as I did her. She is the most intentional friend who really cares about what is happening in her friends’ lives and she WILL cry with you and sit with you when you are sad. Look for her to be the next great intern to some lucky freshmen!

Summer Conference

Our last event with RUF as interns was to summer conference! This is a week long conference at Laguna Beach, Florida where students from all over come with their schools' RUF to worship together at night, learn from different campus ministers during morning seminars, and fellowship with each other at the beach. I went for two weeks; the first week I went with Mississippi College RUF. It was fun to meet many of the students who I will be working with next year. It was also a sweet time of fellowship with other interns and hearing how God has been at work at their campus. 
Some students from MC that I got to hang out with my first week at summer conference!
The second week was a sweet week of hanging out with Mississippi State students and reflecting with them about the past semester over meals and beach walks. I’m also happy to announce that State represented well in all sporting events winning six different competitions. To top it off, our men’s basketball team beat Texas in the final game. It was a great ending to our time with Mississippi State RUF. 
Grant (on the far right) got to lead worship with our music team one last time!
Large group on the beach
Our music team led worship all week! Due to some unforeseen circumstances, they had to lead worship on the basketball court and the beach. They did such a good job flexing and leading us in worship even when unplanned things happened. 
For our night out we did an arm wrestling challenge. Of course I beat Grant ;)
One of our students brought his flag pole from his on-campus job. We definitely had the tallest flag on the beach. 
Lots of volleyball was played!
Our last night of summer conference, Grant ordered pizza and cookie totes for everyone. It was a fun and sweet way for us to end our internship with everyone hanging out together. 
Our whole group at the beach!!
Another sweet part of RUF summer conference is that my two of my sisters (Liz and Emma) and Grant’s brother (Jackson) came with A&M’s RUF. RUF has not just had an impact on mine and Grant’s spiritual walk but on our families as well. We are all different people but RUF has ministered to all of us and been a big part of our time in college. It was fun to come together this week at the beach!
This job was such a gift from the Lord and once again we have to thank everyone reading this for how you have prayed and supported us over the past three years. We pray our newsletters and individual conversations have encouraged you in how the Lord is at work on Mississippi State’s campus. I know I’m encouraged every time I write a newsletter, because if God is working this much in a small town in Mississippi, how much more is He at work in every other part of the world!?

I will continue writing from this account as I switch over to campus staff at Mississippi College. I’m excited to share with y’all how God is at work on a different college campus. But for now, thank you again for walking this journey with us for the past few years. 

Signing off one final time from Mississippi State RUF,

Anne Michal and Grant Carter
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