It’s over…classes are completed…finals are underway…campuses are unoccupied…students are driving home…dorm rooms and apartments are as barren as they were when the school year began…the summer is upon us, and oh how good it feels!
While every student shares the same excitement, the plans can be as different as night and day. Some students will be forced to stay behind and get credit hours during summer school. Some will be going back to their high school summer jobs to make some cash for the coming year. Some will be pursuing prestigious resume building internships with high profile employers. Some will have fun and wish it would never end. Some will endure and long for the day they return to school with their friends. Some will quickly forget, but some…some will have an experience that will impact the rest of their lives.
This summer students from UNC, NC State, Duke, Campbell, Meredith, and ECU will be going on one of the Campus Outreach Summer Projects. The Summer Orlando Project (SOP) is an eight-week experience that will help more than 125 students grow in their knowledge of God and His Word. On the SOP, students will receive training in evangelism, stewardship, and Bible Study. While working full-time jobs and getting valuable training in these three areas, students will be growing in a community of peers who are all attempting to glorify God with their lives, and more specifically the rest of their college years.
Cross Cultural Projects (CCP) are overseas projects usually made up of staff and students who have been on at least one SOP. These projects are very stretching as they take us out of our comfort zones and place us in a completely foreign country with a totally unfamiliar culture. This year we have 75 students going overseas hoping to see God work in a new context.
The Blueprint is an eight-week summer program designed to train college students in the basics of Bible Study, Evangelism, and Discipleship while also giving students an outlet for godly community. It offers training packages, discipleship groups, fun socials, and more! Students will receive training from pastors on staff with The Summit Church and staff members of Campus Outreach. The Blueprint also provides students the opportunity to get to know other Christian college students from universities in the Triangle.
Many people, including myself, look back on summers spent on the SOP or an overseas CCP as not only some of the most fun, but also, as some of the most formative summers of our lives. God has typically revealed himself in new and powerful ways to students and staff through his Word, through community, and through the experiences of these projects. Please be praying for our staff as we continue to prepare to lead these projects, and students who are spending the coming weeks at home before going this summer. We are asking God to glorify himself in all that happens these next couple of months!
Blog Post By: Grady Dwiggins