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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Hear how God worked in Emma's life thought Summer Training Project, and why it might be a valuable experience for you and your relationship with God too!
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.
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.
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.
Many of us, when sharing our testimony, speak about a moment that occurred when we first believed in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. We'll often refer to that moment as the time in which we "were saved." The interesting thing about salvation, however, is that it is not merely a one time event but also an ongoing process.
On December 28th, 191 students from Minneapolis headed out to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Seven hours later they arrived, along with students from Charleston, South Carolina, Central Illinois, and East Lansing, Michigan.
And the 2015 Milwaukee New Years Conference began.
Over the course of five days, students had plenty to do: they attended rallies, seminars, and breakouts; they played spikeball, basketball, and volleyball; they enjoyed games, conversation, and worship music. Most importantly, though, the students saw Jesus work in their lives and the lives of those around them.
We've released our 2015 COM Annual Report! Page through this new publication and see all that God has been doing in our region this past year.
This past weekend students from the CO Minneapolis region took part in the CO Sent conference. This conference focuses on the three areas students are ‘sent’ to after graduation— City, Campus, and World. We had a chance to hear from Wayne Grudem on viewing business as mission, Paul Poteat on what it’s like to be on staff with Campus Outreach in Minneapolis, and Laura Watkins’ experience in international missions.
Wayne made the point that business in and of itself is good and glorifying to God. When God created the world, He created humans to flourish(Genesis 1:26-31)and business is a means for us to do that. Business is a way for humans to create value out of things that didn’t have value before;a way to love our neighbors by creating something that brings them joy, convenience, support, or benefit. Businesses allows people to be reached in closed countries for the gospel as well as creating job opportunities through sustainable businesses in an effort to end poverty in developing countries.
Paul talked about the value of college ministry, which being an audience of all college students, made a lot of sense. We have all seen the impact that college can have on our walks with God, and seen the way that God works in the lost hearts on our campuses. Paul talked about what a strategic time college is in life to reach people with the gospel. College is a time when a lot of big life questions can come up as we figure out what it is like to live on our own. A lot of those questions can be answered as we grow deeper in our relationship with God and we see what our true reason for life is— to glorify him.
Laura told a little bit of her story of how she got from a college student who was not very interested in CO, to going on staff in for CO Minneapolis for 5 years, to going across the world to be on staff with CO Thailand. God’s desire is that people from all nations will one day worship him (Revelation 7:9, 1 Timothy 2:4) and Laura’s story was a small glimpse into what that looks like. God uses average people that don’t necessarily have a strong calling to the world to draw people to himself.