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To Pursue, Or Not to Pursue? That is the Question

It’s relationships week at project and the subject of “proj crushes” has substantially shifted in meaning. Relationships week is devoted to discussing what it means to be in a Christ-centered community with mixed genders. There’s a guy-girl breakout session where the girls can ask questions on how we are supposed to love our brothers in Christ while guys ask questions on how to pursue loving relationships with women. The number one thing that is stressed throughout the week is the constant need of Christ and how He is our first and only love. The only way to be in a God-honoring relationship is to allow Christ to be our foundation.

However, many people aren’t used to hearing about what Christ-centered relationships look like. Project crushes have already developed and genders have been responding differently to the messages have been given throughout the week. The boys are second guessing themselves; “Is she the type of woman I can spend the rest of my life with? In what ways may I be leading her on? What does my community have to say about this?” The ladies, on the other hand, have their own questions; “Will he pursue me after project or during? Is he a spiritual leader? Can he articulate the gospel? I just really want him to pursue me!”

It’s interesting to watch the guy-girl dynamic of project change as feelings of opposite genders are being… revealed (notice the ‘revealed theme’ pun). But in all seriousness, I think we have all learned a lot this week. Eric and Holly Lonergan gave the two-part relationships talk on Monday and Tuesday. I was left with a lot of time to process what it means to be in a Christ-centered relationship.

Growing up in a conservative, Christian home, a lot of my focus has been on finding a good, Christian boy who can lead me in my faith. Throughout my life, my mindset has been to “be pure for my future husband.” I believe that it is good to live a pure life, but the more I learn about God, the more I see how I can’t live a pure life.

God is my Purity. He is my Righteousness. He is my Love. He is my Pursuer. My focus has always been on living for my future husband instead of living for my Savior. As I fall in love with Jesus the subject of relationships possesses a whole new meaning. No longer am I living for a future husband, but for the Creator of the universe. God has been revealing to me the blessing of my brothers in Christ and how to see them as His children instead of potential suitors. I look forward to hearing how God has changed the hearts of others as they learn more about Jesus and His gift of relationships.

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A Journal Entry from a Walmart Employee

We’ve officially been at project for 12 days and we northerners are burnt from head to toe. Perhaps we underestimated the power of the southern sun. Thankfully, long hours at Walmart have protected us from taking advantage of the beach freedom.

I have been a proud Walmart employee for an entire week now. I work in the toys department which basically means I press all of the “try me” buttons and ask the magic 8 ball questions for 8 hrs. Don’t tell my parents about the magic 8 ball though; they’re Baptist and wouldn’t be happy with me. 

Just kidding. I do actually work, too. This week was spent organizing shelves, building crates, crushing boxes, and chatting with my new pal Walter. Walter is a 60 year old man who has the sass and wit of a high society Southern Bell. I have absolutely loved working with him and hearing him comment on customers and managers. I haven't had much of a chance to talk about Jesus with him, yet. Hopefully tomorrow I can ask him more about his faith. I want to build a friendship with him first since we’re working together all summer. 

Aside from the toys, I have loved visiting my friends in their different departments after I finished organizing the toys section. I don’t think the other employees are quite used to our high energy and youthfulness, but hopefully we can bring out their inner teenager by the end of the summer. 

I think the biggest adjustment for me has been working 40 hours a week. I went from working part time and going to school to being at a superstore for 9 hours, 5 days a week. It’s easier to have a good attitude and have fun when I am working with people I enjoy or can have good conversations with, but some days are harder than others. One way I’ve decided to use my “downtime” (moving around merchandise or stalking shelves by myself), is praying and processing the talks we’ve had. God has been a companion to me when there’s no other co-workers around which has been so sweet. 

Tomorrow begins another week at Surfside Wally-world. Stay tuned for quotes from the toy departments main man, Walter. Thank you all for your continued love and support! 

 

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With Thanksgiving

The words “with thanksgiving” have been stuck in my head. I am so often discontent. In a sense, discontentment is a good thing because we are not yet home and things are not yet as they should be. However, I am realizing that much of my discontentment stems from forgetting we serve a real God who has done great things for us and is providing for our every need. As I have applied the simple command to be thankful to my life and prayers, I have been blown away by how kind God is toward us, and it has made me a lot happier. 

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Evangelism is Relational - An Update from SCSU

One of the highlights of this past year at SCSU was an investigative Bible study we hosted. After months of building relationships and having one-on-one conversations, we started inviting students to have dinner and then discussed spiritual things together. We had anywhere from 10-20 students showing up every other week, and there were many fruitful follow up conversations.

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God's Been Faithful at the U

Movements do not change overnight, and what we’ve observed at the U of M has been a slow, but steady, increase in desire to share the gospel with those who have not heard it. This has resulted in a lot of gospel conversations happening over the course of the last year. We feel excited as a staff team about how God could use our small team of staff and students to reach many on the campus this coming year.

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"I Took a Pill in Ibiza", Getting What You Want, and Discontentment

Mike, after his first few hits at the age of 22, had it all. Or so he thought. He had money, girls, success, fame, but something strange happened when he finally got what he wanted. He wasn’t happy. In fact he felt depressed. This doesn’t make sense. He had everything he ever dreamed of, things many of us dream of, how could he not be satisfied?

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Summer Project Blogs

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Summer Project Blogs

Did you know we have a few other blogs that are specifically focused on our summer projects? Over the summer, we hire a few students as interns to help out with various aspects of making each project run smoothly. Our summer communications interns are excited to be able to write about their experiences.

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2016 Cross Culutral Project

The 2016 CCP Team is traveling to our partnership in Sheffield, England this summer. We're excited to once again go to Sheffield with a team of students from the Twin Cities to train them and to do evangelism on university campuses.

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Building Laborers

Our summer training project in Myrtle Beach is barely five weeks away, with about 100 students from colleges around Minneapolis headed to South Carolina for all of June and July. This trip requires a substantial amount of planning, both on the administrative side and in preparing our students spiritually for the two-month trip. 

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Relaunched Resources

If you go to cominneapolis.org, you’ll find a new tab on the top right corner called “Resources.” Click on it, and you’ll find a grid of 20 categories. Click on the category of your choosing, and you’ll find several articles, reformatted and in PDF form, related to that category. They’re ready to be read, printed, shared, and enjoyed by anyone. 

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Student Story: "Third Time's the Charm"

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Student Story: "Third Time's the Charm"

If my summer was going according to my plan, I would be writing to tell you that I am interning as a business analyst with an IT consulting company here in Minneapolis this summer. While that would not have been a bad way to spend my time, God had a different idea about where I should be investing my summer, and I’m so thankful that is the case because He knows what I need far better than I do.

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UST Goes to South Carolina

On this trip, we experienced God’s majesty as we witnessed the vastness of our country, the beauty of the Smokey Mountains, the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, and the joy of being in community. However, the greatest display was looking at Jesus and the work he did for us on the cross.

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Bethel on Spring Break

This past week, 3 staff and 12 students from Bethel went on a spring break trip to South Carolina. Two months ago we were praying that God would bring 4 freshmen girls and 4 freshmen guys on our spring break trip. God answered our prayer with a "yes" and he brought 5 freshmen girls and 4 freshmen guys.

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Sand & Sun for U of M

Last week 5 of the U of M staff were able to go to South Carolina with 18 students for spring break! We were really excited for the opportunity to spend so much time with students we had met this year. We were hoping to have lots of freshman and sophomore students come on the trip and especially some who don’t know Christ. The Lord definitely provided on this trip for us.

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What is the Twin Cities Project?

TCP is a Summer Opportunity for CO Students to learn what laboring in the workplace looks like. Students and graduates can taste and see what it's like to be a laborer off the campus in the lost neighborhood or workplace.

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Gospel Grace in Marriage

In my short time being married, I have already experienced how deeply sanctifying this relationship can be. Mike and I started dating shortly after I graduated from college and were quickly and happily engaged. We got married in May of 2014. I knew that marriage would be hard and we’d have conflict, but I never knew how much I would learn about myself and the Gospel so quickly.

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Valentine's Getaway 2016

I don’t know exactly why, but college students LOVE to stay at hotels. Maybe it’s because they are looking for any excuse to get out of their tiny dorm rooms. Maybe it’s because being at a hotel without their parents for the first time makes them feel more like adults. Whatever the reasons are, they were sufficient to bring a crowd of 120 Bethel and Northwestern students to the St. Cloud Holiday Inn for our Valentine’s Day Getaway last weekend.

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The Best Summer of My Life

It was my sophomore year of college at NWC now the University of Northwestern St. Paul. I said yes to go on a Summer Training Project, not really knowing what I had signed up for. Andrew, this staff guy who at points felt like a “used car salesmen”, got me to sign up. I always wondered why Andrew really pushed me to go (and had been now for almost two years), and it was later that summer when I realized why.  My life would forever be changed.

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