Another year to a close

This year, our club has made changes and added events.

We have served near and far.
[From Honduras to Haiti to Champaign, IL]

We held the first of many Fall Retreats.
[8 girls + John in a cabin in Indiana]

We ventured to Knoxville, TN, for Real Life Real Impact.
[We had 17 people make the trip]

We adopted a Field Staff member.
[Dr. Lauren Charles is such a God-send]

We switch Bible study to Mondays.
[To the dismay of many leaving 4th years]

But most importantly, we grew closer to God and further into His mission for our group.

I truly believe that our purpose is to reach out to the closet Christians and the non-believers in the veterinary community to, both, show them the light and to strengthen their faith. We were joined by many new people throughout the year and their commitment has helped increase our presence in veterinary medicine in Illinois and across the world (as many of them are going on international mission trips this summer).

Only one word can describe this year.

Thankful.

~Bri

17 shoeboxes

This year we decided to expand collecting for Operation Christmas Child to the whole school. We wanted to introduce the rest of the school to this awesome organization and give them a chance to bless a child with a shoebox this Christmas. There were stories of “I used to do this with my church back home when I was a kid” and “I always wanted to do something like this but never got around to it.” After 3 days of collecting whole shoeboxes, monetary donations, and donated items (which really turned into 4 days), we had been given:

  • 11 full shoeboxes
  • Enough money to put together another 6 shoeboxes
  • Enough money to add $7 for shipping to all 17 boxes

A total of 17 shoeboxes is what was brought to the collection center yesterday. I never would have thought we would have been able to bless 17 children this Christmas season. ┬áIt just goes to show that God has no boundaries and no limits. Never put Him in a box…

[but it’s ok to put Him in a shoebox]

~Bri