Summer Survival Guide

Our middle son, Will, is taking his finals this week.  The summer break is right around the corner.  He is raising support to go on a summer project to Salerno, Italy.  (It will be a bit of a family affair as his older brother is STINT team leader in Salerno and Rick’s fiancée, Christina, is one of the project directors.)  He will have plenty of challenge to grow in his faith and his vision of what God will do.  But not everyone involved in our ministries has such opportunities. The first page of the “More Than a Summer Survivor” feature on GodSquad reads:

“Let’s face it. Summers can pose a major challenge to our faith and obedience to Christ. Summers can be:

  • a very spiritually isolating time because you are away from the environment and friends that have helped you grow spiritually this past school year
  • dangerous time to your faith and your future
  • or they can be a great experience as you see your faith tested and increased and take some key steps on your own (1 Peter 1:17)

“What makes the difference.  The decisions you make now can put you in a position of advantage and strength as you go into the summer.  As a Christian, we can embrace challenges the summer brings because we recognize the opportunity to trust God in new ways and see our faith grow in ways that we would have never seen otherwise.”

The “More Than a Summer Survivor.” guide provides perspective and resources to help make the difference.  The introductory article of the survival kit tells about three essentials with practical helps and further resources:

  • self-discipline
  • the right fellowship
  • daily time with God and His Word

Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Concerted and consistent time in God’s Word will change our lives.  Abraham Heschel writes in God in Search of Man, “The Bible is the frontier of the spirit where we must move and live in order to discover and to explore.  It is open to him who gives himself to it, who lives with it intimately.”

Jeff Bridgforth, GodSquad Webmaster, has a great Bible study on the survivor page of GodSquad.  This study of the book of Nehemiah reveals principles about prayer, faith and personal leadership, just what our campus leaders need to take into next year.  Other available resources that you can offer include:

Let’s do the best job we can to prepare all of our students to grow in Christ this summer.


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