The college students are arriving for the 2006 Keynote Summer Project! We’ll have four Keynote student bands, and we’re also partnering with two other ministries of Campus Crusade for Christ. The Impact Movement, the ministry to African American students, is putting together an evangelistic urban gospel band. Here’s Life Inner City is piloting a traveling dinner theater designed to raise awareness of ministry needs in the inner city.Part of my role in the summer project is the same as during our new staff and intern training in the fall: I schedule classes and teachers and help prepare the teachers and communication coaches (or “comm” coaches) for their jobs. The main difference is that during the summer project, the whole process is bigger and more complex!
I’ll also be a comm coach myself for one of the bands. Two coaches are assigned to each team to help the students learn stage communication skills through daily public speaking workshops called comm drills. During these drills, each student talks about a subject of their choosing, receives suggestions for improvement from a coach, and then practices those tips by speaking again.
My comm coach partner and I will also
- help all of the students on our team write a personal story about how God has worked in their lives;
- help decide who will share a personal story and/or a gospel presentation in concert;
- help those students prepare what to say and how to say it; and
- coach all the band members in their movement while on stage.
It’s always fun to watch the students grow in their communication abilities throughout the summer. And often when they feel stretched in their speaking abilities, God is also at work stretching them spiritually! Please pray that God will use me and all the staff to minister to our project students.
God can use all sorts of things to reach people for Christ. Here are three examples:
Piper Down recently returned from 3 weeks in Europe. Stops included Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands. While Western Europe in general is a pretty dry place spiritually, everyone in the band had many spiritual conversations in which they were able to share the Gospel. Their host in Salzburg, Austria, said “It will take me four months to follow up all the contacts I’ve made as a result of these two concerts!” Praise God!
Ventriloquist/comedian David Pendleton performed in a local middle school this spring, and gave a few students free copies of his DVD, which includes a gospel presentation. Later a seventh grader wrote to Dave. “I thought your act was pretty awesome with your ‘little wooden people.’ Someone I knew got your DVD…and since they didn’t want it that much they said I could have it. I watched it and saw the sermon type thing in there and it really made me think. I haven’t told anyone this but I have been having a little turbulence in my faith for a while in the past. I had been going to my Bible looking for answers and that really helped me, but after what you said it really kind of clicked. Thanks.” What makes it more amazing is that one of our staff had prayed specifically one of Dave’s DVDs would get into the hands of someone who really need to hear it!
Elsewhere in Campus Crusade for Christ, speaker Josh McDowell has produced a podcast of his book, The DaVinci Code: A Quest for Answers. (In case you don’t know, a podcast is an audio file people can download from the internet and play either on their computers or on an mp3 player like an iPod; hence the name “podcast”.) This audio book gives the truth about issues raised by The DaVinci Code. As of a couple of weeks ago, more than 100,000 people had subscribed to Josh’s podcast , making it #2 on the Apple iTunes site! (That’s the web site most people go to for podcasts.) So please pray for the hundreds of thousands who are exploring spiritual things or learning how to minister to their non-ChristianÂ friends through this podcast!