Well, as of today my time in Milwaukee is officially over. This past week has been a blur of activity as the staff team prepared to hand over the project to the students. For all of Campus Crusade's summer projects, there comes a point half way into the summer that the staff appoint new leadership roles to the students and then step out so that the students can take over for the rest of the project. That point was last night for our project and it was a very proud moment for me to see the students stepping into their new roles. There are new project directors, Bible study leaders, committee team leaders, and administration leaders. Each student is vitally important to the body!
This is the end of the beginning for the students. Now that they don't have the staff holding them back, they will soar to new levels. :) Please pray that as they step into these new positions that they would strive to take bigger steps of faith in sharing the gospel and rebuilding the walls of Milwaukee. Thank you all again for supporting me in being a part of this amazing summer!
This summer so far I have learned a great deal. One of the hugest things I have learned is that... there's always more to learn (my dear friend Cath has also helped open my eyes to that).
Top 5 things that I have learned from my time in Milwaukee:
5. Being a staff member on summer project is not all fun and games... but a good part of it is :)
4. People are people no matter what part of town you're in. God values each of his creations!
3. Humility is one of the greatest blessings I could receive because it has helped me to let others love me and to love others as God loves them.
2. Poverty is not caused by just one factor. It is a combination of personal responsibility, natural calamities, and systemical oppression. I have looked into the eyes of people who have no homes or jobs or family to support them and seen great sorrow. I have also seen that same look of sorrow in the eyes of people who make more money in a day than I could in a year. Everybody is poor in some way - it is only through the richness of God's grace that we have hope.
1. The gospel is not just how I became saved. It is how I make it through each day. God loves me SO MUCH that he let his beloved son die a bloody death for the penalty of my sins. I have chosen his life over my own because I know that on my own I fail miserably in this life. And I need his life every day!
"For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified." - 1 Corinthians 2:2