Hello from Lubbock!

Hello everyone! Wow, it has been a while since we have sent out an update so let me fill you in. Lubbock had it worst blizzard in a very long time during the Christmas break! It was a very different sight in Lubbock with deep snow, cars stuck everywhere and pretty cold weather. There are still come mounds of snow hanging around that are slowly melting. The current AIM class arrived a week after that blizzard so they weren't affected by it too much. As you know it is Mission Term around here which means no driving, no eating out and no video entertainment for the class. The challenge is for them to stretch themselves in dealing with things that are inconvenient and take longer while keeping a good attitude the whole time. So far it seems they are doing well but it has only been a few weeks. Keep them in your prayers over the next month as they are challenged by these things. Camp Adventure Weekend starts in just a few days and we are really looking forward to it. Our theme is "Out of the Wilderness" from Isaiah 35. So far we have over 30 young people signed up and we think even more will show up on Thursday. We want these few days to be both challenging and positive for everyone involved so please keep us in your prayers this weekend. Camp Adventure Week is March 12-17 and we have Eli Hooper and Geoff Dunn coming to once again share some great lessons with us. If you know of anyone in High School or College-age that you think may like to come, tap them on the shoulder and tell them about it. They can get on our website and register for it. For the 2013 AIM class we want to remind you that our Re-Entry seminar begins March 9th so please do your best to be here for those few days before graduation to be a part of it. Your graduation banquet is on Saturday, March 12th and we really want to see you here for that. This may be your last chance to see your whole class back together one last time so please make the effort to be here to spend time with each other, swap stories and re-new those relationships. It is good for us to hear your stories and hug your necks too! Can you believe it is already that time? We would also like to hear your votes for the speaker at your graduation. If you have someone in mind please email the AIM office and we will keep track of that. Please let us know in the next week or so who you would like to speak at graduation. The banquet will be catered so we will need to know how many are coming so we can tell the caterer. All of the tickets for the graduates will be covered but all other guests will need to buy a ticket which is $14.00. Please email or call Barb in the AIM office and let her know how many of your family or friends may be coming so we can make an accurate count. I just talked to someone today who was trying to reconnect with someone from the very first AIM class. He told us a neat story of how this person in the first AIM class asked him if he wanted to study the Bible. As a result he ended up becoming a Christian and his life was forever changed. Here he is, 43 years later still so thankful for what that AIM student did for him. I hope you are praying for and constantly looking for opportunities that God puts before you to be that kind of person in someone's life. Can you imagine 40 years from now someone still talking about you and what you mean to them because you brought God into their life? Be that person for someone where you are now. Keep us all in your prayers. We leave for Mexico in a week and a half! This is such an important trip each year but it does take a lot of people working together to make it happen. Pray for safety, open doors and open eyes. We want everyone to come back changed for the good in appreciating other cultures and challenged by the overwhelming need for more workers. AIMing with you, Kris Smith