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Spring is here!

One Year Later...

     This update is going out a year after we headed back to Texas for spring break. We planned to be in Texas for a week but we didn’t end up back in Mississippi until May. Over the past year, we have all experienced a pandemic and the anxiety and isolation that comes with that. The past year was a surprise to us all, but not to God.
     In Psalm 3, David is also going through something unexpected. His son Absalom has taken his kingdom away from him, the kingdom that God had promised to David. David is back on the run after being betrayed by his own family and now they want to kill him. David laments the loss of his security and safety and also the loss of his identity as king. While there has never been any certainties in this world, we all have felt that more this year as we face the unknowns of this pandemic.
     David responds to his own lament in verse 3 of the psalm by reminding himself of who the Lord is: His shield, His glory, and lifter of his head. The Lord was a shield around David wherever he went. This did not keep him from going through dangers and trials, but the Lord was there surrounding David with His presence as he passed through them. Tim Keller relates it to following the thread that the Lord has placed in our life. We know what is at the end: Jesus and eternity. However, the path to that isn’t an easy one. It takes us through paths we never thought we would take and through circumstances we would never dream of.
     I doubt David ever thought he would be on the run from his own son, just like we never thought that we would have experienced a pandemic. But just as the Lord was the shield around David, He is that same shield for us. The Lord’s presence is all around us as we journey and follow our own threads, remembering that the Lord is faithful to bring us through trials, so we can echo like David prayed in Psalm 3, ‘Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people!’

Large Group

     Like last semester, we have been hosting large group events at the local PCA church, Grace Presbyterian Church. We are so grateful for Grace and their hospitality toward the ministry of RUF. Due to Covid guidelines, we have once again been holding two services in order to accommodate the number of students attending large group. 
     This semester has been special because we finally have a full time campus minister, Joe Johnson! It has been a joy to hear from the same speaker weekly and we have loved getting to know him and his family. This semester we have been working through the Psalms. 
     On another exciting note, we will be having our first large group event on campus this year on March 17th! This will allow us to hold one service, rather than two, and allow students to meet on campus. This is crucial for our ministry, because it gives us the opportunity to share the Gospel directly on the college campus.
First large group of the semester.

The Ice Storm

     As many of you know from experience back in Texas, we were hit with a record breaking ice storm in February. This was quite surprising for us, to say the least. Due to the road conditions, students took online classes for a week and were not able to drive. Ministry for that week looked a lot different than usual for me and Anne Michal.
     One of the cool events we held that week was a pancake breakfast. The day before the storm hit, Anne Michal and I rushed to the grocery store and bought supplies for homeade pancakes. The next morning, while the roads were icy, we hosted a pancake breakfast for the students who were within walking distance of our home. 
     This breakfast was totally funded by your donations to the ministry of RUF at Mississippi State. We wanted to say a special thank you for allowing us to continue ministry during an ice week and allowing us to feed many hungry college students! 
After eating pancakes, the students had a snowball fight in our front yard. It was fun to watch from the comfort of a warm home.

Preaching at Large Group

     I (Grant) got the chance to preach at large group in February. After many hours of rigorous study and practice, I preached over Psalm 27. This is one of my favorite Psalms because it is primarily about waiting for the Lord, even when doing so is extremely difficult. For those who want to watch, there is a Facebook link below where we live-streamed the service. (Note: the audio cuts out about halfway through the sermon). Sermon begins around 32:50 in the stream.
     I want to thank you all for allowing Anne Michal and I to do the RUF internship because the Lord has used it in our lives to show us that the Lord is calling us to full-time ministry after the internship. Preaching at large group is one of the many ways we feel this calling. 
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A 3rd Year & Future Plans

     We feel called to continue work on the campus of Mississippi State for one more year. There are many reasons for this decision. To name a few: to help with the transition for our campus minister, Joe, as he is still adjusting to campus life at Mississippi State, to continue discipling students that we have known for two years, and to welcome new freshmen onto campus this upcoming fall. 
     To add onto doing a 3rd year of ministry, I (Grant) am planning to take part-time seminary classes at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi in the fall. It will be a busy fall semester, Lord willing. 
     We ask that you would prayerfully consider coming alongside us financially for a third and final year of ministry at Mississippi State. As of now, our accounts are healthy and will allow us to finish out the rest of the semester, but we will need to raise some funds to make it through a third year. 
     Over the coming months we will reach out to you all directly to update you on where we are, but until then we thank you for your partnership and ask that you would consider maintaining this for one more year. 

Prayer Requests

We ask that you would pray for:
  • Covid cases to continue declining so we can return to normal ministry work on campus.
  • Joe Johnson and his family as they adjust to Starkville.
  • Anne Michal and I as we raise support for a third year of the internship.
  • Students who feel isolated. Pray that they could find community in RUF and rest in the Lord. 

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