1.23.2011

Summer Projects

Here is a quote from a national director about the importance of summer projects:
After this inspiring video was played at the recent Summer Project Directors Training in Dallas, Mark Gauthier shared that SPs are "freeze-dried CCC in a summer" – they encapsulate our DNA of winning, building and sending in order for lives to be eternally changed around the globe.
Here's a video shout out that I'm passing along to all of you who pray and care about our ministry...thanks for making it all possible!



Please pray for us this semester and our students as we seek to mobilize a student labor force to make a kingdom impact both this summer and life-long!

1.10.2011

Encounter Recap

Here is a video recap of the winter conference. Maybe it will bring back memories from your time in college or it will make you say, "those college kids are crazy."  Haha, thanks for making it all possible!

1.02.2011

Lessons from Encounter 2010

"Your life changed, changes the world."

That was the theme from this years conference.  I think it was one of the better winter conferences that we've had recently.  I heard many students talking about how challenged, inspired, and changed they were after this week.

April, posted a few pics of some of the ambiance and creativeness found here on her blog.

Crawford Loritts talked about the importance of hope and how Jesus spoke to our hopelessness.
Think about this, a person can live approximately:
40 days without food
3 days without water
8 minutes without oxygen
but not 1 second without hope (and the sustaining life provided by God)

Therefore, our hope needs to be ultimately anchored in Christ alone.  This isn't the speculative or wishful meaning of hope that we commonly use the word to me.  But rather, a resilient, undeniable, confident assurance that gives us the courage to act in faith.

If you've never been through anything, then your hope is borrowed.

We are called to place our hope in God.  As God has granted us peace, access, and a future with Himself.

Furthermore, we can have hope in our circumstances.  God promises to work all things together for the good of those who are called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28).  However, don't we often despair when things don't go our way?  This teaching is quite significant, b/c everyone has moments and thoughts where it feels like either God is not in control OR for us.  Those moments of trials, doubt, and difficulty are rather a tool used to bring us a greater good.  God often drags a tribulum (spiked grain threshing tool) through our lives so that he can produce character in us.  Therefore, we achieve maturity through trials and should expect them.

God has placed this hope in us.  We have the promise of hope, the presence of love, and the power of the Holy Spirit available to all who believe in Christ.  Even in the difficult times, God has promised to be there with us.  If God is for us, then who can be against us (Rom. 8:31)?  It's not that God can't identify with our pain or difficulties.  On the contrary, "He who did not spare his own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things" (Rom. 8:32)?  Jesus went through trials, rejection, and ultimately to the cross so that even when we can't see Him, don't feel close to Him, or it's hard to believe, then we can have hope!
1Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.    Romans 5:1-5