September Update



The Fall Camp Episode!





Hello and good morning friends!

I am so excited to get to share what God has been doing this month. Things have been crazy but in such a good way. Everything is finding its rhythm little by little as school starts to settle in and the students are finding their patterns. This means we have been able to get our Cores (small groups) started and established well, and I've gotten to start studying the Bible one-on-one with a few of the students here.

A couple of the biggest things that happened this month were Fall Camp and a car accident. Read on to see more.







We had about 30 students from Richland college come out to attend our Fall Camp, which is one of the biggest events of the year for Focus. This was the biggest group that has come from Richland, so this was the first year we had our own camp separate from UTD. During the camp, one of the students told me he hadn't felt God's presence in his life like he did here since he was a kid. God opened his eyes and started working powerfully in his life and camp this last weekend was a catalyst for that. Many of the student leaders (corefas) have been encouraging each other with his story. Another guy spoke about how it is usually hard for him to open up but he saw real love here and was so happy to get to interact with people he knew would be his real friends and who he could already tell would become life-long friends.




Finally, and sadly, Buttons (my car) got hit on the way back from fall camp. I am trying to get that figured out right now. Everyone was okay, but it was a little scary. God had His hand around us and protected us. The car doesn't look that bad from the photos, but because it is old and I got it for pretty cheap, it is totaled, so be praying for wisdom and provision as I try to figure out how to re-obtain a means for transportation.


Guys thank you so very much for all of your prayers and support. I don't know how to adequately express how much it means to me to know that you guys are in this with me. God is doing so much and I love that we are all working in His harvest fields together. I hope each of you has a great day today and I pray He continues to show His favor in your lives.

Peace and Love,
Jesse Bales

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