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Welcome to the Carnival!

Greetings from South Carolina! 

Three days later, we are 1,084 miles from home, burnt from head to toe, and decked out in Walmart gear; welcome to Summer Training Project 2016! Praise the Lord that everyone made it to South Carolina safely. Everyone was so excited to get out of the car and onto the beach. 

On Friday, we had our very first project social. The theme was “Awkward Family at a Carnival.” Each guy and girl room paired up and creatively decided what their theme was going to be. This year we had a lot of different types of families in attendance. Minion, Olympic, hillbilly, hood-rat, Noah’s Ark, and zombie-nurse families tried their hand at multiple carnival games. My favorite awkward family was Krista Bain and Benjamin Greener’s room who dressed as the Duggar family. 

At the end of the carnival, the “Balla-Shock-Calla” family, Alexis Garcia and Erin Bankson, won ice cream sandwiches in a name drawing. Minion family Mariam Amirikian and Thomas Luichinger also won 10 tickets for best costume. 

The carnival concluded with a dance party in all of our costume attire. What a site it must have been to see Noah’s Ark and the Duggar family doing the cupid shuffle in 90 degree weather. All in all, the carnival social was a success and students are stoked to hear what the next social will be! 

Thank you to all who have supported and been a part of our Summer Training Project. The first social is just a taste of what is to come! 

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Time to get Social

          STP sync swim socialThursday nights are a special time at Project. The weeks are packed with work and trainings, and it’s not uncommon for students to burnout.

But Thursdays are different.

Thursdays are rejuvenating.

Thursdays are socials.

Project socials are weekly opportunities for students to spend time with each other on some sort of crazy adventure or embarrassing escapade. Let me give an example: Last week was this summers’ first Project social. Each room was told to dress its room leader as a Disney character. There were standard results – a prince here, a fairy there – and there were also those who thought a bit more outside the box, like Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast and a paper boy from the Newsies.

Dressing up like characters from our childhood (who am I kidding, we all still watch Disney movies) was simply step one. Next, all 110 college students marched half a mile down the Myrtle Beach boardwalk, 40 of us still fully Disney-fied, to play an 18-hole round of mini-golf. Did people stare? Of course. Did we care? Nah. The confused looks on people's faces adds to the fun.

That was merely one example of a Project social. I asked around to students who have attended at least one Project before to find out which social was the favorite. Three popular responses were Synchronized Swimming, Boat Social, and Broadway Scavenger Hunt.

Let's start with Synchronized Swimming. Throughout the summer, rooms of guys take rooms of girls on group dates (that’s a blog for another day), and Synchronized Swimming is a chance to mix it up. First, the rooms of men have to create a synchronized routine to perform in the pool in front of all the ladies at Project. One female room in particular will be deciding if the routine was ‘worthy of a group date,’ which they always are. The room of girls will then take those men on a group date they have previously planned. This social is always hilarious, and girls love the opportunity to plan a group date, which is a task the men usually take on to bless their sisters.

Another crowd-pleaser is the Boat Social….literally, a crowd of passers-by gathered last year to see what on earth was going on. The different teams on Project break up and plan a skit to perform for the rest of the Project. Here’s the twist: the scene must involve some sort of boat, whether it be a ship, a raft, a steamboat, or a canoe. This boat must be crafted within the allotted two hour period, and the finished product must stay afloat from one end of the pool to the other, while at least one student stays on board at all times. Not your average skit anymore, is it?

That leaves us with the Broadway Scavenger Hunt. In the heart of Myrtle Beach lies a magical place called Broadway at the Beach. I would deem it as a cross between Mall of America and Disney World, but on a much smaller scale, of course. There are countless restaurants, shops, and random attractions scattered throughout the designated area. The social we have come to love is the scavenger hunt in this chaotic environment. Again, we have a twist: the hunt is not just for items, but for people. While groups are attempting to find and take pictures with countless items on the list, students are walking around as ‘bonus points’ if they are found. And let me tell you, the bonus is well worth the hunt. About 20 students from the CCP team dress up in any way they want (hats, sunglasses, fake uniforms, and dyed hair are all fair game) and can walk around as we search for them. If your group spots one, you discretely walk over, ask for the token, and they hand over a small golden medallion. The group with the most points at the end wins.

So that is a glimpse into Thursday nights at Summer Training Project. Socials are wild, a bit crazy, usually embarrassing, and often some of the most fun memories students have at STP. If you want to know more, ask students you know about their favorite socials. And as always, entertaining pictures of our adventures will be posted throughout the summer!

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four teams and four corners

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.

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16-17

Wednesday night, project had guys and girl's time once again. Disciples really enjoyed their time. Girls and guys met at their respective meeting locations and spent time asking questions to a pnel formed by team leaders. As for Thursday, after a long day of work it was show time. Guys had to perform a synchronized swimming routine for the ladies in order to win a group date for the night. However, because of a storm the show had to be stopped, nevertheless, every guy's room was paired up with a girl's room for the night.

Disciples are starting to work on cleaning. They have been given a list with the different tasks that need to be done before everyone leaves project.

synchro swimmin

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syrup- one of the four main food groups

During last nights social, disciples had a lot of fun exchanging gifts, making gingerbread houses, and watching Elf. Each room dressed up creatively as angels, reindeer, shepherds, jingle bells, elves, and even a manger. They also had the chance to sit and take photos with Santa and Ms Claus, Mike Polley and Emilie Toll respectively. <The gallery> which has lost some momentum the past couple weeks will be going through a major update sometime today, look forward to pictures from the past socials and more.

even more sharing

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Christmas in July

Students are surprised with the thought that in three weeks project is going to be over. However, most of the students are excited to go back home and keep developing these new friendships.Yesterday, at evangelism training, James Gisler talked about "Mercy Ministry" being a part of our every day life.  Later on, students did something different.  Each room read an article about the doctrine of Hell, then spent time at the beach praying for people and meditated on "the  hideous doctrine may grip our souls in dark terror and make us weep, but let us be sure it also prompts us to holiness and compassion." (John Thomas). As for tonight, social is taking place at project.

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Team Leaders (Reid Jilek, James Gisler, Josh Schrock)

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wednesday has two d's and e's

Mike Polley shared during Theme Training on discipleship, encouraging disciples to keep the chain going. The definition of discipleship is one's intentional living and sharing into another person's life to push them towards Christ. Mike Polley talked about his personal experience as a disciple and a mentor observing that the relationship is not one of tutor and student, but something closer to father and son.

James Gisler's team is leading the theme for this week.The theme is Christmas in July. Disciples on his team will be washing and cleaning the cars on project for the week's encouragement.The Social Time on Thursday will include a white elephant gift exchange, dressing up according to an assigned Christmas theme, plus many more "seasonal" events to celebrate Christmas in July.

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friday talks about yesterday mostly

Disciples enjoyed looking for the CCP team members during the Broadway at the Beach Social Time on Thursday night. Teams left at 7:15 then came back at 10:00 after walking around and taking pictures of each other following the crazy directions of the scavenger hunt. Jeff Wiesner's team surfaced as the winners of a night full of entertainment to the disciples as well as the bystanders who got to watch or even take part in the antics of this week's social. Look forward to some great updates including pictures from the CCP Broadway at the Beach and another week's highlights video. We have also prepared the sessions from this week for your hearing pleasure: <Reid Jilek's Life Training> <Jack Thompson's Bible Study Training> <Elliot Stokes' Theme Training> <Adam Evers' Leadership Training> <James Gisler's Evangelism Training>

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Broadway at the Beach

Today the CCP group is organizing an adventure for today's social. Students are going to be sent to Broadway Beach on a scavenger hunt. However, the catch is that CCP members are going to be hiding in different places around Broadway. Therefore, teams are going to be rewarded if they find any of the CCP members.In regards of the talk from yesterday at Evangelism Training by James Gisler, please watch this powerful video of Matt Chandler:

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salsa puts the "spice" in thruspiceday

Disciples ate guacamole and danced salsa during yesterday's social. After dinner, Natin Moreno led the project in a quick salsa lesson. Everyone in project enjoyed their taste of Hispanic culture as they ate guacamole, danced, and cheered as they broke colorful piñatas open. Campus Time was led for the first time without the CO staff who left at various times on Thursday. Many of the campuses spent their time by breaking up into groups and praying, sharing testimonies, and contacting friends outside of project, or praying one-on-one on behalf of the other person.

This week's encouragement verse is from Romans 8:18-19.

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in which colby feeds the 5000

The Theme of this week's Social was Southern Country. Dressed as hicks and preps, the disciples sang along as Paul Poteat led them in a string of country and not-so-country songs.True to the theme, the Project Dinner for Thursday was a Low Country Boil. The smorgasbord consisted of boiled sausage, corn, shrimp, onions, and potatoes prepared by the staff and the A-team. The night was spent eating food from the table with their hands and dancing to some tunes. Once again, <the gallery> has been updated with pictures from this week. The Mugshots album is almost complete as well.

Colby feeds the masses

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The Why

Hello everyone and thank you for visiting our blog once again. Yesterday, as usual, students had the morning off while others had the privilege to work. Many of them took the advantage to rest and read. They also had the opportunity to spend some time meditating on the powerful talk Matt Reagan gave on Tuesday. We would encourage you to download it as well.

Later everyone got ready for evangelism training where Colby Williamson shared with us on “Why Share the Gospel.” Students were truly encouraged and challenged to realize that we do not share the Gospel as a kind of duty, or a certain type of debt that we owe to God. Rather, we evangelize in the light of valuing God. We share the Gospel because it is the most valuable message that a person can give and experience.

As for tonight, project is having social time where students are going to be able to experience a truly southern treat.

Colby and Lindsey Williamson

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fresh stuff from this week

Project is now complete after the arrival of Alan Hoglund. He arrived Wednesday night after a long flight from Europe.Project Dinner was promptly followed by Campus Time. Disciples got to exclusively spend time with individuals in their respective campuses after breaking up into smaller groups. During this time, they shared their reason for coming to Summer Beach Project and prayed for each other. Bowling in style, or in the style of your parents, or even as old as your parents seemed to be the theme of Social Time Decade Bowling. Disciples dressed up in the various fashions from the 60's to the future and went bowling at Surfside Bowling. dsc_0941 The gallery has finally been updated! See some pictures from the week including the Social <at the SBP 09 gallery>

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Social and Campus Night

As you already know, yesterday we had our second Evangelism Training with Paul Poteat . His talk was on “Being a Christian.” He focused on how we are only able to grow through daily repentance. It is crucial for us, as believers, to understand that we need the Gospel just as much as the non-believers (Romans 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).After going in different directions, the teams gathered again to share their experiences and prayed for those people who heard the Gospel. Later on, two teams had the privilege to have supper at Pine Drive Gospel Church. Most of the students agreed that the food was super “yummy.” The Fellowship was great. Therefore, we would appreciate if you can have in your prayers the members of P.D.G. Church. Moreover, for tonight students are excited to have supper as a project and have Campus time. Gathering

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We are back in Action!

This first week made students feel at home. Through the different activities, seminars and small groups, we have been able to build strong friendships. Moreover, this morning at our Life Training Seminar, Matt Reagan talked about how we as Christians should embrace the idea of receiving and giving money.  Later in the morning, the students enjoyed once again fellowship at different Churches around Garden City. For the rest of day, students have the afternoon to rest. However, as a project we are planning to meet at 7:30 pm to Praise and Worship together. [vimeo http://vimeo.com/5095362]

SBP 09 intro from COMSBP on Vimeo.

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Bigger, Better

For our Project Social this week, we played a game of "Bigger and Better," the gist of it was to find something bigger and better than the other teams through a series of trades and bringing it back home to show off crazy items and funny stories. Some people came back with sofas, gum-ball machines, a colorful pair of bikes, and even jobs. Random treasures are not the only things that are becoming "bigger and better." We are all growing in community daily as we share in the word, eat, and live together. We also had our first Campus Time this week. Each group prayed for their campuses and God's plans for us in the coming semester. On a lighter note, three group dates are already underway with others anticipated for the coming weeks.

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The group picture was taken yesterday, hopefully this means that it will be up in the gallery relatively soon. Other pictures from this week have also been uploaded to the gallery, <check them out here>.

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