We had such a full summer! It’s going to take at least two letters to summarize all that we’ve experienced and learned.
Liesl’s update on her classes: This summer I had the chance to spend four weeks learning more about how to accurately interpret the Bible and how to effectively communicate those truths in relevant terms that people can apply to their lives today. It was a daunting subject on the one hand, but a great learning experience for all of us. We had small groups to dialogue and learn with as we each tackled one of 4 scripture passages (mine was 2 Samuel 9, where we learn about God’s promise-keeping and welcome to us by seeing David welcome Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth).
As usual, I feel like the Bible classes we get to take are a spiritual refreshment time where I get to dig deeper into some aspect of God or another and leave more aware of God and how valuable my relationship with Him is. I know that my experience is that of most of our staff as we gain wisdom and insight that we can take with us in our regular ministries. In the photo we have several of our Athlete’s in Action staff, a couple of our Campus Team Leaders, one Canadian staff, and two of us Keynoters.
Keynote Summer Project review: (Keynote and Impact Music combined)
- 5 Outreach teams
- 38 students
- 13,700 miles traveled
- 52 events
- 5,033 evangelistic exposures
- 311 people indicated a decision to trust Christ
At the final event many students shared about the impact the project had on their lives. For some it was a time to overcome the fear of telling others about Jesus; others wrestled with apprehension about performing in prisons; still others needed to see God move in amazing ways to deepen their understanding of His purpose. As always, God was faithful to do a work, not only the lives of our students, but also in the lives of hundreds who heard about the hope that can be found in a personal relationship with God. He offers forgiveness and a chance to begin a new life.
We look forward to seeing how God will use these students in the months and years to come!
Next month, we’ll tell you about the great speakers that were at the staff conference and Karl’s experience with the tech team. Thanks so much for your prayers – the crazy technical problems mostly got solved!