Do you have Education Majors involved in your movements? The Education Majors Summer Mission (EMSM) was designed just for them.
This mission in Estes Park, Colorado, is an action learning and leadership development opportunity for future educators from elementary through high school interested in living out their faith in the classroom.
Over fourteen days they’ll learn what is possible, what is legal, and what is realistic for ministry as a teacher. They will have exposure to Cru and our high school and middle school ministry. They will be equipped to engage with students effectively, receiving hands on experience while discipling a group of students and facilitating their ministry training while staffing the Getaway, Cru’s high school summer conference.
Kelsey Butler, a junior math education major at South Dakota State University went on the EMSM last summer. She says that going was one of the best decisions she ever made. As a future teacher, she wants to use her position to reach students for Christ.
She writes, “I got to hang out with awesome future educators, dive deeper into my relationship with God, and…learn practical ways to start a movement in my future school… Another great part of the mission was hanging out with a bunch of high school-ers from around the country and leading a small group of them at…Rocky Mountain Getaway! [I worked with] girls from Anoka, Minnesota…
“One of these girls is the first person in her family to believe in Christ. It was truly inspirational to get to know her and her story and to see her grow while she was there. I loved working with these girls so much, and I not only learned how to work with that age group, but I also learned a lot about myself in the process.
“Finally, did I mention that all of this takes place in one of the most beautiful places in the US? At EMSM, we stay in the YMCA of the Rockies which is smack dab in the middle of the Rocky Mountains and is one of the best places to experience God and his beautiful creation.
“We got to go hiking, white water rafting, zip lining, horseback riding, and all sorts of other things. It was seriously the best thing ever! In fact, EMSM was so great, that I’m coming back this summer as a student staff!…I really hope you would consider joining me this summer at EMSM! I’m sure it’ll be one of the most memorable two weeks of your life!”
As Kelsey experienced, high school-ers are at an impressionable age. With so much brokenness among teenagers and the institutions that impact them, Christian college students and teachers can make a huge difference.
There is fascinating research done by the Barna organization about the role Christians play in stemming the decline of our public schools. A key ingredient is the Christian teacher. So when you send your Education Majors to the EMSM, you are actually making a difference in the future of our children and our nation.
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