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A summer beach project video specifically for parents. You can hear, from a parent's perspective, about campus outreach minneapolis as well as summer beach project:
For our final theme talk, Andrew Knight shared about trusting in the to gospel to not miss opportunities to advance the gospel back on the campus. [display_podcast]
As many of you know, the COM van had a new transmission put it. Because of this, the van and trailer will be delayed.
Luggage pickup will be tomorrow, Friday July 31st from 8-9 a.m.
Luggage will be moved upstairs to the 2nd floor in the Campus Outreach office and locked after 9 a.m.
If you can't make it between 8-9 a.m. call brie at 612.455.3449 to arrange pickup. (church office closes at 4:30 p.m. on Friday)
This morning all of the staff and students woke up at 5:15am to head back to Minnesota and Michigan. We woke up, ate breakfast, prayed, and hit the road by 6am.Last night we had our final meeting where Andrew Knight shared with us about not missing opportunities to spread the gospel back on the campus, but by faith trusting God to do big things through our lives. That talk will be available online next week. At the meeting we also revealed the project video and t-shirt. The video will also be available online next week. In the coming weeks, we will put some quotes from students about all that God did in their lives this summer. Thanks to all of you who followed our blog all summer and prayed for us down at Myrtle Beach.
Only two more days left. This morning project had Return Training with John Saunders, Charlie Brooks, and Eric Lonergan. They emphasized the importance of being intentional with their down time as they prepare for the coming term. Later tonight, they are eating out as rooms for the last time. During the final Campus Time, disciples ate subs and played games liek signs, kickball, and the human knot. After that, they had the opportunity to share with others about what they had learned over project and pray together.
Yesterday disciples enjoyed their last campus time. It was a neat time to share how and on what areas God has been working throughout SBP. As for today, in a few hours project is gonna be having one of the last meetings from 10 to 12 pm, "Return Training." Keep praying for these last meetings and last hours of project. Pray that disciples will have the energy to finish strong.
1 Peter 5:12-14
[display_podcast] Mike Polley on his last talk at Leaders Training about taking what we have learned this summer and applying it back on the campus
[display_podcast] James Gisler speaking about how not to waste time at College during Evangelism Training.
[display_podcast] Mike Polley on his last theme night speaking about Suffering.
[display_podcast] Josh Schrock talking about the importance of Meditating in Bible Study Training
[display_podcast] Reid Jilek speaking about how to hold loosely to Circumstances in Life Training. (Sunday 19th)
Since yesterday was the last day of work, many disciples jumped into the pool last night with their job uniforms on as a SBP tradition. Today is a free day and disciples are heading different directions. A good amount of disciples are visiting Charleston, others are going to be visiting North Myrtle, and some are just going to stay around project and enjoy the day.
Staff came back late yesterday much to the excitement of project. There was also a Job Social where disciples entertained co-workers with skits and also had the chance of sharing the Gospel and the reason they were on Beach Project and working in SC. All of project went through a time of evaluation and reflection this morning as disciples continue to prepare for their return to their campus. After that disciples went back to work or relaxed, knowing that their job this summer is over. Activity on project is indeed growing as more and more people are finishing their jobs and isntead spending time with each other and the staff.
Last night the U of M students gathered at the beach to pray for their campus, after enjoying some goodies made by the girls."It was Amazing" says Charlie Schumacher. As for today, Staff should be arriving project around 5:00 pm, which makes the disciples excited. Furthermore, the project social is gonig to be having special visitors. We are expecting a great number of co-workers from the different places that disciples have been working throughout this summer. This social meal will be followed with a Gospel presentation led by Justin Richardson. So, we would appreciated if you pray for tonight's activities.
(students enjoying the sun set after a group date)
This is a short clip from Theme Night.
Wednesday this week is a little different. After evangelism, instead of debriefing, disciples will be cleaning in anticipation of the returning staff. There will also be a communal time of prayer held this evening. Continuing last week, James Gisler will share with us during Evangelism Training. He will be speaking on "The Gospel and the Campus."Otherwise today is pretty standard, the team leaders are just getting back from their Leadership Training Session. Until training today, disciples have been getting in the word and meditating on what they have learned from last night. There is still so much to be done and be thankful for even on the last week of project.
During Bible Study Training, Josh Schrock focused on Meditation. He shared on its significance in the Christian walk, that as needy people, Christians need to constantly meditate on Scripture and internalize its truths in order to grow. There was Team Time after that. Most of the teams got their team shirts today and many disciples wore them last night before curfew.
Mike Polley will be leading the final Theme Training today. He will be sharing on "Suffering: Living in Exile."
Tonight we have the final Bible Study Training headed by Josh Scrock. These last couple days will be directed toward reflecting and focusing on our vision for our various campuses in the coming semester. Natin Moreno says, "Please be praying for courage and boldness as these dashing young students are impassioned by the grace of our loving God." For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain -Philippians 1:21 (ESV).
...and nine days later we will all be back home. Feels like another great weekend coming to a close. Disciples spending their time going on group dates, swimming in the ocean, doing laundry, and a fun game of mafia under the tent. Besides the reports from the fireworks and the cheers of people riding the air-launched swing next door to us, it is very tranquil here on project. Rev. Okey is once again sharing with the disciples after a worship session led by Dan Harper.
Some of the disciples had lunch with their co-workers on project today, a little taste of the job social to come. There are a lot to look forward to this week, including the return of the staff later this week.