Hey guys!

Hope your week is going well. I don’t know about you all, but it is the point of the semester when I am officially exhausted all the time. Although I am tired, I am absolutely loving everything I am doing that is making me exhausted. Yes, I am busy, but each class, organization, and friendship I am in is a huge blessing. One of those things that I love yet is adding to my lack of sleep is Missions Conference.

Every year the Student Missionary Union (SMU) puts on a conference to inspire and mobilize Biola students to live ministry-focused in every day life. Missions Conference takes place during second semester every single year. It falls right in the middle of the semester, so it is a great break and time to refocus on why we are at Biola, which is to be able to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. This year, Missions Conference will take place March 15-17. Students are required to get 5 credits, which equates to about a day of sessions. A lot of students choose to go to more sessions beyond what is required which translates into chapel credit.

Each year, Missions Conference picks a theme that the Missions Conference directors and staff (all students!) believe is needed in the Biola community. For example, past themes have been Greater, Echo, and Proclaim. Each theme, although mission focused, addressed a different perspective for the Biola community to consider. The theme has not been announced yet, so in a few weeks I will write a recap for you guys about Missions Conference.

In addition to having several days to refocus on God and our purpose, Missions Conference is really exciting because we have special guests from around the country and from around the world come to Biola. For example, this year we will have Kings Kaleidoscope coming to Biola to lead worship. Along with these guests, there are dozens of missionaries and mission organizations that come onto to campus. Campus is transformed into an interactive experience that allows students to learn more about our city, our state, our country, and the world.

Come on guys! It’s so amazing that at Biola we are able to stop everything we are doing to focus on what God is doing in our lives and think about what the Lord can do through our lives. To me, it shows that Biola truly cares about us as students. They desire for us to truly live out the mission of Biola University to “impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.” Missions Conference plays an amazing role in mobilizing Biola students to live out the Great Commission despite your personality type, your major, or your background.

Weekly Update:

I know I say it a lot, but I am just loving life right now. I especially mean that this week. God has been teaching me so much, and I feel like I am growing in my faith significantly each week. With that being said, there is still some frustration on my end. I am weighing a lot of big decisions on things to apply for or areas of my life to put myself out there. In the midst of fear and the unknown, God has been so constant and so good. Biola is such an amazing place to grow but also to struggle.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out in the “ask me a question” tab below!

Chris M