Thank you for praying for our welcome week!! Welcome week is the first week of school where we put on/ go to events to meet students and invite them into friendship and community! UTD is special in that we get to have two weeks of welcome week, and are on campus the week before school starts to welcome the freshman who are moving into the dorms on campus! I said this last time, but the first few weeks of school really is so crucial in meeting students, since that's when they're most receptive to friendship!
There are so many sweet stories from welcome week, but here's one of my favorites that I'll share with you. One of the first students I met at welcome week was shared with us, "I moved in at 10am this morning and have been bored and trying to make friends ever since. I even went around and knocked on people's doors so I could meet them and make friends. This is the first event I've gone to where I feel like people want to be my friend back!". Like, oh! My! Goodness!! My heart!! How sweet, but also sad! So many students are in that same boat-- especially after the year we've had. It makes me think about how organizations and colleges can put on as many events as they'd like, but that doesn't mean students will be met with people who want to love them and be their friend-- aka, it doesn't mean they'll be met by people who are like Jesus! What a sweet gift that Jesus transforms our hearts and minds to look more like Him.
Friday Night Fellowship Kickoff!