on the bus – mobile blog

i hopped on a bus this morning at 430 am with 30 students from the austin stone to head to mephis. we are working with an organization there called service over self, a ministry dedicated to urban renewal through home repair. they are located in the binghampton neighborhood of memphis (google search it to find out more), and god has certainly done some amazing things through sos and the other ministries there.

i am genuinely excited for students to gain exposure to the ministries in the neighborhood, and praying that god will change the course of lives this week and call each one of us on the trip to radical obedience. please pray that our week would drive us to cling to the gospel more fully, and that christ’s love would flow out from that.

also, please pray for our students who are serving in the st. john’s community in austin this week as they put on a day camp for children in the neighborhood. pray that god would use them powerfully!

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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