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    SUMMER

    PROJECTS2014

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    a guidefor yoursummer

    PLANS&GodsCALL

    2 Introduction

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    This guide was created to help youclariy Gods call on your lie asyou look to live wholly involved inHis mission this summer.

    The rst hal o this booklet canbe used to process your thoughtsabout your summer with God.The second hal is about thesummer opportunities Cru oersand it can help you decide i a

    Summer Project is where Godis sending you. You can use thisbook as a personal journal or asa tool to discuss your summerplans with a riend, mentor, or ina Bible study.

    San Diego Express

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    It provides a much needed break rom school and an opportunityto do all those things you didnt have time or during the year. Foryou, that might mean taking classes, training or your uture, or

    earning some much needed cash hello to student loans!.

    My initial thoughts and/or feelings about my summer are:

    Throughout the Bible, God urges us to pursue a personal relation-ship with him and have aith that produces action. Maybe thatsalready a reality in your lie or perhaps its something you want to

    be true o yoursel.

    Whatever the case, God wants you to grow in your relationshipwith him, gloriy him and increase your aith. Growth could mean

    going on a mission project with Cru or your church, working backhome, or linking up with a Christian community on your campus.

    Lets look at Gods Word as well as your past, present and utureto help you during the process o discerning Gods will or your

    summer. Our hope is that this booklet can encourage you to

    TRUST GOD FOR BIG THINGS!

    THINK ABOUT THIS: THE GOD THAT CREATED THE UNIVERSE KNOWS THE

    NUMBERS OF HAIRS ON YOUR HEAD (LUKE 12:7). HE IS PRESENT IN YOUR

    LIFE AND HE KNOWS WHAT YOU NEED THIS SUMMER (HEBREWS 13:5)

    summer isa critical timeDURING COLLEGE

    4 Personal Prayer

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    Take a ew minutes and talk to God.Ask him how he wants to use yoursummer and listen or his response.

    Zambia

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    stories oORDINARY

    PEOPLE

    WHO ENCOUNTERGOD.

    6 BIble Study Bosnia

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    How did these people respond when theyrst encountered God? Throughout the Bible

    God called men and

    women out o their

    ordinary lie to be a

    part o his mission.

    This summer is an

    opportunity or you

    to be used by God.

    Discerning how he

    is calling you takes

    courage but you will

    grow closer to God as

    you trust his lead.

    God calls each o us to live out his eternal,

    glorious mission. He creates us, shapes usand gives us talents. God even uses us inour weakness.

    It is easy to look at the stories o peopleGod used in the Bible as extraordinaryheroes. But really, these were ordinarypeople, like you and me, that God used inextraordinary ways.

    How did God lead and provide or each o these people?What was the outcome of their experience?

    How do you relate to the ears, doubts orinsecurities they had?

    BrandonI learned that when we look atGod and how big he is and ocus

    on what he has done or us, eardissolves into nothing. Only thegrace o God is let.

    Brandons and othersull stories are atgosummerproject.com/stories

    Exodus 3:1- 4:17

    Moses ed Egypt and was working as ashepherd.Luke 5:1-11Simon Peter was working at his atherssmall business.John 4:1-26The woman at the well was going about hernormal day.

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    Godis

    His peopleinto his mission

    SoCal Summer ProjectBreakthrough

    Melbourne, Australia Dominican Republic

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    Howis HE

    YOU?CALLING

    Dominican Republic, Destino Lielines, Rocky Mountains

    Grand Traverse Bay Paris, France

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    What was your relationship with God like the pastew summers?

    What are some challenges you aced at home,

    work or in church that impacted your aith insummers past?

    How have you grown in your personal aith athome during the summer time?

    RayDuring the past year, Godhad put it on my heart tolearn more about him and

    pursue spiritual growth.Project seemed like the perectopportunity to pursue that.

    Rays and others ull stories are atgosummerproject.com/stories

    REMEMBERINGYOUR PAST

    SUMMERS

    It is oten easier to walkwith God when we aresurrounded by believingriends and amily. Goinghome or the summersometimes can take usaway rom these positivesituations and place us innegative ones. Have youexperienced this?

    In the past ew years, what were some negativeand positive inuences on your aith during thesummer?

    How have you served or showed the love o

    God to others over the past ew summers?

    What would you change about your pastsummer experiences?

    10 Your Past and Present

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    No two people were createdthe same. Each o us wereearully and wonderullymade by God with a uniquelie ahead o us Psalm 139:14.Understanding how God madeyou can help you discern how

    he wants to use you to carryout his will over the summerand or a lietime.

    (RELATIONALLY, SPIRITUALLY, INTELLECTUALLY, SOCIALLY)MY STRENGTHS:

    CHOOSE THREE AREAS IN WHICH YOU WANT TO GROW SPIRITUALLY THIS SUMMER:

    desire to share my aith

    grow in my walk with God

    trust God or big things

    build deeper relationships with riends/amily

    understand Gods character better

    understand Gods grace in my lie

    know Gods Word better

    develop confdence in discipleship

    develop confdence in leading

    share the Gospel as a way o lie

    desire to be real with others

    accountability

    learn how to transition to theGospel

    trust God in school work

    trust God to help prepare meor my uture proession

    learn to pray

    HOWhasGODGIFTED

    YOU?

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    WHAT ARE MY SUMMER PLANS?

    ARE THEY GLORIFYING TO GOD?GOOD FOR MY SPIRITUAL GROWTH?WHAT DO I THINK ABOUT SUMMER PROJECT?

    stayTHE WORD ISUSED 62 TIMES INthe New Testament.

    12 Bible Study

    San Diego Summer Project

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    What will it look like i I stay home or the summer?

    How will my and others lives be dierent i I go?

    Personal Refection

    goBUT IS USED1,052times!Consider Luke 9:57-10:20 What are some o the costs o ollowing Jesus?What were some o the risks the ollowers aced as they went on the mission trip?

    What might have been some o the risks or the ollowers i they had stayed?

    What do you think the disciples learned and experienced through their mission trip?What were the personal benets? What were the ministry benets?

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    Ecuador

    14 Gods plan

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    SondraIn the book o Matthew,Jesus makes it clear thatollowing him requiressacrice. Even thoughtalking to my dadabout Summer Project

    would be tough anduncomortable I had totake a step o aith andtrust God.

    Sondras and othersull stories are atgosummerproject.com/stories

    Now that youve looked at Gods word, your lie, talents, andhow he has called others beore you, write how you thinkGod might want you to use your summer.

    Look up Matthew 28:19-20 and write it here:

    God is reaching out to every person on the planet.We have so many opportunities to be involved in hismission and spread the knowledge o his love.

    The summer mission and training projects Cru oersare designed to build up students in their Christianaith in order to help ulll the Great Commission.

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    16 God works

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    And Jesus said to them, Follow me,and I will make you shers o men.Matthew 4:19

    Juneau, Alaska

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    MiaSacred

    RiverSummer

    Project

    18 Our Stories

    I knew at the beginning o the schoolyear that God wanted me to go on aSummer Project. He had placed a desireon my heart to take my summer andserve him, and the Sacred River SummerProject was the perect way to do that.

    Ater I applied, I ound out I needed totake two classes during the summer inorder to graduate.

    I assumed that classes would be overbeore project began, but during springbreak I discovered that Project wouldbegin beore my classes would end.

    I elt so lost. I didnt know ithis meant I should orgetschool, orget Project or dosomething else entirely. I hadno direction.

    I met with my advisor to talk about my

    dilemma and she inormed me that Icould substitute one o the courses witha three week alternative.

    I started crying in her ofce. At thatmoment I knew that God wanted me onthis project and that He had already setin motion the good that He wanted meto do.

    This instance acted as my anchor while

    preparing or the project.I was able to look back at how Godprovided this class and trust him throughsupport raising and nding a way to endmy second class early.

    God really taught me to trust in his planand understand that his aithulness isunending and unchanging.

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    I had a hard time making the decisionto go on a S