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Last night I had a great realization of all that God has allowed me to steward in ministry. As college students from a variety of ministries on UT’s campus gathered to worship together and hear God’s word taught from my College team, I was overseeing baptism, communion, worship and prayer that the Connections team had architected. Simultaneously, another one of my teammates was out coaching at a sports camp and engaging some young women in desperate need of the gospel tangibly demonstrated and declared to them.

It struck me that God has done more than I could have possibly imagined in so short a time, and that I am in awe of the fact he would allow me to serve him like this. I’m blessed beyond words, and grateful for the men and women I am privileged to lead. May God’s grace abound all the more, and his kingdom continue to expand in Austin!

By Todd Engstrom

Although I was raised in the church and had a knowledge of God, I didn’t embrace Jesus until I heard gospel preached and lived out by some Young Life leaders. God has proven faithful and good to me since that day, even in great suffering and loss. I have learned to treasure Romans 8:28 as a wellspring of hope and truth.

God has blessed me with an amazing wife (Olivia), three sons (Micah, Hudson and Owen) and a daughter (Emmaline). Growing up in the northwest, the thought never crossed my mind that I would have four children who are native Texans. Despite landing in the south, I still watch Notre Dame games with my children every Saturday in hopes they will land at my alma mater.

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