It’s gray and dark as it always is during this time of year in Northwest Ohio but that is definitely not the case at ACT UT!

This past month we have focused on two specific passages of Scripture to guide our January theme: “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7 (NIV) and “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18 (NIV). Our focus is on the fact that no matter the sin, God has the power to wipe the slate clean and make us all “white as snow.”

Our January First Friday Film Festival movie of the month was “Ben Hur” which we all agreed was much better than the media and critics made it out to be. Great discussion starter in case you might be interested in seeing it yourself.

Our new Student Leadership Team (SLT) has met for our first Spring Semester meeting. Plans are underway for many different outreach events with a goal of bringing more people to Christ through the ministry of ACT. Our Prayer Team is also developing several projects to incorporate more prayer into the lives of students.

Many students are reading through the Essential 100 Bible passages using the youversion app. Those who complete the full 100 passages (50 from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament) are invited to a special congratulatory dinner at the end of April.

Our Wednesday night Bible Study is working through the Gospel of Mark. This particular book that was actually shunned by many in the Early Church is a bare bones but powerful book. Our Wednesday night discussions about the book of Mark have been vibrant and fun! As always, we begin with a free dinner at 5:30.

Our special events have included a Gingerbread House Building Contest (using Graham Crackers) and a Game Night and Indoor Snowball Fight. We are always trying to find ways to bring in new students!

At the end of January we welcomed ACT BG up to the ACT UT Campus House for a combined worship service. We have many more combined events planned this Spring!

Our ladies have begun a new Small Group study on Thursday nights using the book “Women of the Word” as their guide. We are excited to bring in more new leaders as we reach out to new students!

Our weekly Prayer Walk has returned on Thursdays. Students walk around the campus stopping at different places to pray over the students, leadership, administration, professors and teachers.

In February we are excited to welcome our BG brothers and sisters up for “Football Sunday.” We will begin with a half hour worship service featuring testimonies from many players actually playing in the Super Bowl. Following that, we will sit back, relax and watch the Game!

God has opened up the doors to many opportunities. We thank you for your continued support as we discern where God is leading next!