Summer Projects

This year, 3,400 participants are bringing the gospel around the globe.

Jess Fong
Image(s) courtesy of Michelle Edwards, Cathrine Pjetra, and Kitty Hurdle

Most students don’t enjoy group projects.  There are too many variables: the over-achiever, the lazy worker, the leader who doesn’t give enough direction. But for over forty years, Cru for Christ has hosted thousands of different group ventures, called Summer Projects. Not only have they worked, but they’ve built lasting friendships.

These short-term mission projects, ranging from 1-12 weeks over the summer, are intended to propel students into deeper walks with God and their communities. Each of the 226 projects look different: some include working all summer at a restaurant on a beach project and engaging co-workers in spiritual conversations.  Many are overseas, aiding neighborhoods with building projects or Bible distribution.  Almost all require a new community where students live, study the Bible, and pray together.

This year, over 3,400 participants are involved with projects in over 50 countries.

One domestic project is Greek Summit, three weeks designed specifically for fraternity and sorority students.  This year, 75 students gathered with Cru staff members in Destin, Fla. for spiritual growth and the chance to explore more deeply who Christ is. Each morning the students received training on different subjects like studying the Bible and identity in Christ.

Garner-Leigh Caswell, a rising junior nursing student from Columbia, S.C. says, “The daily quiet times and night of reflection were probably the sweetest times of the whole trip. I learned about God's love for me and others, and during those times His love surrounded me and brought a lot of healing. I also learned a lot about His Spirit, which has helped me see my sin accurately and bring about sweet repentance. My goal now is to see my sisters in Kappa Delta come on this trip.”

During Greek Summit, ten students indicated decisions for Christ: definitely a group project to enjoy.

For more information on summer projects, click here.

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