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Wonder | HBD 2017

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This past year has been a wild ride with many twists, turns, highways, byways, landmarks and glorious views! I never would have guessed that the journey through this past year of life would lead me to such an incredible destination back home in Texas. I am very much looking forward to growing more in my faith, relationships, and passionate pursuits this next year of life. Even the things I’ve been able to be a part of these past 3 months have given me a glimpse of some beautiful possibilities moving forward. Some of the notable things I’ve been able to be a part of here so far are:

SERVING ALONGSIDE THE AMAZING EIKON STAFF

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Last Sunday, my niece sat in the Eikon Church lobby and said, “That wall is my favorite because it says, ‘Everyone is welcome, No one is perfect, and Anything is possible.’” That’s not just how I feel about being part of Eikon Church, but also being on such an incredible staff. I feel it every Monday when we grab lunch together, every week during Staff Devotionals, and while we are hanging out at Staff Family Night. I also feel it in the way we interact during staff meetings to build a safe, caring, and faith-shaping church where truly everyone is welcome because no one is perfect and anything is possible. I’m also deeply grateful for the opportunity to team up in a more focused way with my great youth assistant (Daniel) and my intern (Zach). Since joining this team, I’ve been trusted to do some pretty big things and given opportunities to try new exciting endeavors—I LOVE it!

LEADING AND LOVING THE EIKON YOUTH FAM

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Being surrounded by a team who owns their role and shows up to consistently invest in the next generation just lights the biggest passionate fire in my heart. It’s a blessing to lead, know, and love these incredible leaders.  Equally as awesome is the opportunity to lead, know, and love these beautiful Eikon Youth High Schoolers on a weekly basis. They are hilarious, adventurous and watching them intentionally pursue a growing faith brings so much joy to my heart. I love this crew! 

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SPEAKING AT THE SMHS FCA FIELDS OF FAITH EVENT

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If you were to tell me I’d have an opportunity to speak to a group of over 200 Middle & High Schoolers on a public school football field, I would have just thought you were retelling a dream to me. Then October 11th came around and I got a chance to see a dream become reality! I am looking forward to all that God will continue to do through the FCA and all the other local churches as we endeavor to influence faith and discovery in the lives of teens in the San Marcos/Kyle area.

REDESIGNING AT EIKON CHURCH
I’ll definitely post more about this specifically with another post soon, but one of the first projects I was entrusted to tackle once I moved down here was to redesign the entrance spaces to Eikon Church. That included the new Mission Coffee Shop (where all proceeds benefit Eikon Missionaries), the eKids space, a Parent Resource Wall, and the Info Center. It’s been such a joy to see how those attending are being blessed by all the work we’ve put in to creating fun and inviting spaces to make meaningful connections.

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FALL FUN WITH EIKON

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A big passion in my heart is to be a part of a church family that is FOR the community, and Eikon is that plus more. This was their first year hosting a Fall Festival and participating in the City of Kyle’s Center Street Trick-or-Treat, and I got the opportunity to run point on both events. As a team, our staff put in so many hours of hard work and planning to provide our church & local families with these fun community events, which made facilitating them a great experience!

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SATURDAYS WITH MY NIECES

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When I first moved back home, I made it a point to establish a rhythm where I could spend more meaningful moments with my nieces so that they could have a wider circle of positive influence and I have not regretted one moment of it! Saturdays are our days to get together and create memories that keep us laughing and building a stronger relationship. Each moment spent with them feels like Heaven.

HANGING WITH AMAZING HOUSEMATES

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This photo of my housemates dressed as Joyce Byers and the Wall from Stranger Things is only the tip of the Awesomeness iceberg that David and Kat live on. I love them so much and treasure all the fun moments we get to share. From dance parties and sing-alongs, to design talk and housemate dates, this dynamic duo makes my life much more vibrant!

Again, these are only a sampling of the things that have kept me going since the move back to Texas. I’m looking forward to even more opportunities to grow spiritually, mentally, physically and relationally as I follow God through this magnificent journey called life!

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Author: Amanda Martinez

I am a mexican chick, born in Germany, raised in Austin, TX, lived in Seattle, WA, and now back home in Texas! I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a graphic designer, a youth pastor, a comedienne, a songwriter, a screenwriter, and a lover of music, art, people, and the world around me! Join me on the journey as I share with you my thoughts, dreams, passions, and experiences!

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