Summer Project time!

There were two summer projects that came to my side of South Africa, meaning Pretoria and JoBurg.  If you don’t know what a summer project is; it’s a time frame of one month to three months in which students from all around the country that are involved in Campus Crusade get to spend a summer either over seas (which is the one month) or Stateside (which is the three months).  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to work with the group that came to Pretoria, from the GPI Region of Crusade, which is where I am from. I did get to share with them and my co-STINTer Stacey, about the culture that is here in South Africa. Just to tell you, it’s a lot like the South in America, people calling themselves “Christians” but not really living their lives for Christ.

I was able to have the privilege of staffing the JoBurg summer project, with the four other STINTers that work along side me here in Pretoria/JoBurg. The summer project ran from the 15th of July to the 15th of August, and was a really great change up to our schedule as STINTers.  11 students from the Southwest region of America, mostly California, but some were from other states; Indiana, Montana, Texas. We worked on Kings-way campus, the University of Johannesburg’s main campus, half of the month and then traded off with the other half in community service work.

There were three guys that came on project; Nathan, Travis and Tom, whom I was able to disciple from the four and a half weeks they were in South Africa. It was a privilege to be able to spend time with each guy, and hangout with all of them when there was not much to do. It was great to see each of them grow in their own way, learning from mistakes and sin, but also teaching those around them.  I definitely learned a lot from each of them as I am sure that they learned some from me.

There were a could of activities that we tried to do on campus. Both were successful, but one more the way that we thought it would have gone. We decided to do a Soularium outreach (54 pictures or so depicting certain areas of life, using questions and pictures to see where students are at spiritually) one of the days on campus, but not in the simple way of sitting down and going through it with some students. We played out a couple of the pictures and had some taped on boards that were set on a couple of tables, so students could take the survey as quick as they wanted to.  The summer project students really enjoyed the outreach and performing some of the pictures. We had a great turnout with the students that came up and filled out the survey; and really helped increase in the students that came to the weekly meetings.

The other big activity we did involved a movie and big screen, or so we thought. On campus at UJ, there is a big screen TV on the green space right outside of the student center. We figured and planned to play Amazing Grace and give out free hot chocolate one night, and after the movie have a little talk and comment cards for the students there, Up to the day we were going to show the movie on, we thought things were set and ready to go. That day, we figured out that there was something that didn’t happen, and so instead of showing the movie like we wanted to, we decided to just play some pickup games and get to know the students that came. Over all that night we better than we thought it could have and definitely built up a rapport with us and the students.

As the STINT team has realized over the past few months, South Africa and Africa as a whole is very much more relational than in the states. As I conversed with the three guys on project, I started to see them even leaning to share the gospel in a rationalistic kind of way, which I was all for. It was good to see the guys fit into what they felt comfortable doing, not to say that being out of your comfort is bad because that is when God stretches you and builds your character, but their hearts really showed during the times of interaction with some of the students.

It was definitely an enjoyable month!

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