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Celebration of Lights

I hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving and are looking forward to Christmas and the other approaching holidays!

Celebration of Lights

SMU has an annual tradition where the Monday after Thanksgiving Break, they'll have a ceremonial lighting of Christmas lights at Dallas Hall & the huge Dallas Hall Lawn at the northern end of campus.

You can't see them in the darkness, but a group of students from FOCUS ran into each other and watched with me. All together there were probably over 2000 SMU students who attended the event!

Before lighting


Just before they turned on the lights, we concluded the ceremony with a massive candlelight service.

From China to America

Meet my friend Jerry! He was raised in Beijing then came to America for high school and now college. He found Jesus in America and has been one of our most consistent freshmen this year! It's been such a pleasure getting to know him. He's funny, WAY too competitive, and extremely passionate about our Lord.

One thing he's still figuring out is his sleep schedule...

Taught him how to play disc golf yesterday!

Also, since writing this, he told me that he just lost a family member back home that he was close to. So please be praying for him and his family as they mourn. Hopefully he'll find his friends in Focus to be safe and caring people for him to process this with.

Thank you all for your support and for praying for students like Jerry. My prayer is that through our joint efforts, hundreds more like him will experience Jesus's love and go on to proclaim the good news to whatever workplaces and nations they find themselves in over the coming decades.

Your brother,


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