Q: What’s Summer Project?
Think of a “spiritual greenhouse” where students have the opportunity to grow immensely. We provide in-depth Bible teaching to develop their understanding of God’s character and mentor them along the way to strengthen their relationship with God and their peers. This culminates in sending them back to their campuses with new skills and experiences allowing them to minister to others and share the Gospel everywhere they go.
Q: Where did you go exactly?
South Lake Tahoe, California! Cru has hosted college students from around the country at this location since 1971. The property houses up to 110 students in thirty cabins. We have our own kitchen and cooks as well as a lawn, picnic table dining area, and city bike path access.
Q: How do students decide to go?
Their local Cru Staff and friends typically invite them personally. They submit an online application and choose a location from among 200 spanning the globe. Once accepted, they invite family and friends to help send them through prayer and financial support.
Q: What makes the LTSP unique?
Students spend ten weeks working full-time at local businesses and attending local church partnerships. On nights and weekends they share meals together, study the Bible in small groups, attend teaching and training seminars from project guest speakers, and take every chance to enjoy the lake and mountains.
Q: What do they learn?
Each week is themed around specific topics. We learned about personal revival and brokenness, overcoming barriers in our ability to trust God, God’s design for sexuality, global missions opportunities, faith in the workplace, and having a role in campus ministry while still a student. In addition, we taught Bible study methods and worked through the book of Philippians together daily.
Q: What made this summer special for you?
We were Operations directors and actually began in January with the Student and Staff Development directors. Using video chats for our meetings, we helped shape the project’s structure and schedule. We provided oversight of the budget, housing, and project hiring needs, as well as managed the financial goals for students. It was a great role for us as new parents because we could set a schedule that benefitted Simon, while simultaneously using our administrative and creative skills to contribute to the project’s purposes and outcomes.
If you have, or know of, a student that might be benefit from going on a Summer Project, they can apply as early as their senior year of high school. Have them visit GoSummerProject.com to see where God might take them!
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