First, I'll start off with an update that I posted to Unite's blog...
The small groups are going very well (we currently have four meeting—two in the Union, one in Semolinos, and one in Coffee Rules). We’ve already has several people come up and chat with us in different groups, and we’ve been able to pray for them. We’re also finished with the two starter studies we use and have completed week one of ‘Firm Foundations’ from New Tribes. I’m excited to see how this study progresses over the semester.
Possibly more exciting, we have seen several prayers for individuals within the small groups answered. Half of our small group time (45min) is devoted to study, and the other half is devoted to prayer and encouragement, with time to share what God’s been teaching us individually and/or anything we feel led to share with the group. During this time we’ve had several important opportunities to pray for each other, and I’m excited to see God answer. One individual was freed from some strong temptations to turn back to nicotine, another from illness/exhaustion, and several other prayers have been directly answered.
We have also received a starting $900 towards coffeehouse renovations/operations. We need two more final bids to come in, but it looks like the whole phase one part of the project will run around $6,000 (for an industrial coffee machine, plumbing, cabinetry with a sink, and taking out some windows). That’s an exciting beginning and another answer to prayer.
Game nights have continued to go well—many of the same people are coming back, and we’ve had between twenty and thirty-some attend most nights. International-themed game nights are much smaller, but some important connections have recently been made that may help those increase. Thank you sincerely for your continued prayers!