The Passport: A More Awesome Name for an Already Stellar Missions Program

Today, September 6, 2011, Real Life, our missions program for college-age young adults is now the Passport. Read the press release regarding the change in our moniker. We’re still mobilizing 18-22 year olds for 1-9 months to wrestle with causes like poverty, orphan care, and human trafficking as they share and live out the gospel. The program continues to be more than a missions trip; it’s how the next generation of disciples establish their identities in Christ and their citizenship of the kingdom of heaven. We’re just referring to it differently.  Thou art...

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Dear College Me: Gary

Oh, the sweltering combination of heat & humidity of the summer! Somehow the rise in temperature slows us down, doesn’t it?  Yet it’s nearly August and office supply stores are already running “back-to-school” ad campaigns. Alas, time is not deterred by the steaminess of this season.  Some of us are starting college as a freshman and will be moving into our dorm rooms in a couple weeks. Some of us are returning to campus for another semester, or perhaps for our senior (super-senior?) year of college.  Some of us have been out of high school for...

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Dear College Me: Kelly

“That Boy is Going to Break Up With You Over an Email” In our first Dear College Me video, the above is what Kelly, the Program Coordinator of Real Life, warned her college self.  In this video, there’s so much more she had to say, like: You’re not going to be defined by what people think about you… For some who read and watch this, it’s been years, maybe decades since you finished college, but the truth that Kelly articulates still holds: “God has given you gifts and he’s gonna use you to do things that nobody except you can do.” ...

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Last Chance for Fall 2011 College Missions (Dear College Carl)

In Dear College Me, four of us had so much to tell our college selves that it couldn’t be contained in just one video. Here’s what Carl had to tell himself:  “Don’t be that guy; don’t have that extra drink.  “You’re probably not as cool as you think are but you can be as good as you think you can be.”   William Bostwick is in Kenya and he’s discovering true freedom: Freedom is being alive to Jesus, and dead to the flesh. And freedom is beautiful, it is a gift our Father desires us to have, it is...

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Dear College Cindy

In Dear College Me, a few of us had some nuggets of wisdom to dispense to our college selves. Cindy had a few more things to say to herself, like:  “Those times where you slept in your car, or you were scared, or you didn’t know what was gonna happen, God was there the entire time.” if(!navigator.mimeTypes['application/x-shockwave-flash'] || navigator.userAgent.match(/Android/i)!==null)Wistia.VideoEmbed('wistia_407458',500,281,{videoUrl:'http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/9b4602c2e1d684aca9cb4e9dd5cd22ed2af2b3cc.bin',stillUrl:'http://embed.wistia.com/deliveries/04da9b3748ecedef1bc759d1f6cba3499818ac3b.bin',distilleryUrl:'http://distillery.wistia.com/x',accountKey:'wistia-production_6660',mediaId:'wistia-production_407458',mediaDuration:38.58}) We’ve got...

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Advice to Your Younger Self: #DearCollegeMe

Jeff Goins’s younger sister is about to start college and after watching the above video, he was inspired to write a letter to himself when he was in his sister’s shoes. Here’s an excerpt of present Jeff’s letter to younger Jeff: Dear College Me: Well, not much to report here from the future, except that people still waste their time instant-messaging on the Internet, the 80s keep coming back into style, and music on the radio still sucks. And sorry, no flying cars (yet) or anything else from Back to the Future 2. (Disappointing, right?) But there are a few things...

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