Whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (James 1:25)
Greetings from Kent! For some strange reason, I enjoy the month of February. Part of that may be because my birthday falls at the end of the month — but there’s more to it than that. Even though February can be one of the coldest months of the year (making my bicycling around town and on campus quite uncomfortable), I really enjoy the increasing hours of daylight. Maybe you haven’t noticed the phenomenon yet — but the lengthening days have a noticeable, visceral, effect on me that I can’t fully explain. This can be a really beautiful time of the year, with snow and sharp shadows. I love to hear the sound of the cardinals in the treetops. I thrill to see the first sprouts of crocuses, often poking up through a snow cover. I also find there’s something pleasant about getting into the rhythm of a new year. In any event, I hope you’re finding some joy in February.
I’m going to keep this month’s prayer letter brief — for a few reasons: (1) I was rather late and lengthy in my last prayer letter, leaving me eager to get back on track sooner rather than later with regular, easily-digestible updates to help you pray with us and for us; (2) This is a busy month of extra ministry activities with our “H2O retreat season;” and (3) I want to leave space for more personal follow-up with by e-mail with as many of you as possible this week.
So here’s my biggest prayer request for you this month: Please pray with us for God to powerfully work in and through our upcoming men’s and women’s retreats!
Our men are heading out of town for “ManMaker” on February 19-20; the women will have their “Women’s Weekend” a week later, on February 26-27. We’re still promoting and recruiting for these events. They seem to have a higher threshold for student involvement — being specifically geared towards men and women, respectively, with a higher- and more specific level of challenge for the unique circumstances faced by each group — but we’ve also seen God yield significant fruit through these annual events. Please pray for the individuals making their decisions to attend. Pray also for our men and women to hear God’s voice during the retreats, themselves. Pray for a strong culture of brotherhood and sisterhood. And please pray that those of us on staff will be able to get at least a little bit of sleep on those weekends! Seriously, though, we really look forward to seeing what God will do in this retreat season.
If you find yourself wishing for more news from Kent, following this brief update, I wanted to let you know that you can read a special letter, recently compiled by several of the Kent staff, sharing a broad overview of everything that God did in Kent in 2015. This letter can be accessed on-line at http://goo.gl/E7i8IC. In addition to this, we’ve just started the season of Lent, and with this in mind our staff team created an original H2O Lenten Devotional for our church. If you would like to utilize this updated resource for your own engagement with God during Lent, you can download it for free at https://goo.gl/f015DF.
We’ll be in touch…