Dear College Me

What would you give for the chance to travel back in time to your college self? If you’re a college student, pay attention. There’s plenty of advice we [the old folk] would offer ourselves, especially the kind warning against making uninformed, unwise decisions that almost always end badly. Our message might look a little like this: Dear College Me, That mullet? Not cool. Not now. Not then. Not ever. The red stuff? Don’t drink it. Just. don’t. That outfit? Please. Think twice about it. Then think again. There are things we’d do a little differently, like taking...

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Study Abroad Fall 2011: College Missions – Intro to Real Life

If you’re a college student, you need to know that a Real Life missions trip isn’t just a trip; it’s a learning experience. It may not be academic (though it’s is possible to get college credit), but we dare you to “study” abroad with us; you’re gonna learn as much – if not more – on the mission field as you would from your textbooks and lectures.   Before you begin your “study” abroad experience with us, here’s the first class you’ll take: RL-101 Introduction to Real Life A week-long prerequisite taught...

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Following God’s Lead: Burritos and Brian

This September, Joey Springer’s going to be a part of our first Real Life: Immersion (9 months in 3 continents); in a matter of days, he’ll get his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communication from the University of Washington.  Back in April, his random run to Chipotle turned out to be a divine appointment: I had a God moment yesterday [April 21st]. Two nights ago I slept for only about two hours because I was frantically trying to finish a research paper for one of my political science classes. The next day, while sitting in my first class, I decided...

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Welcome Home, Real Life

After four months on the field, our Real Life missionaries made it home. Since January, they’ve been in India, Thailand, Kenya, Uganda, Nicaragua, where they’ve encountered God in ways they hadn’t imagined and experienced his love more deeply than before. They’ve been transformed by what they’ve seen and who they’ve met. The churches, ministries, people and villages they’ve serve have impacted our missionaries just as much as the missionaries made an impact. Gabe is a precious little boy who lives at Sarah’s Covenant Home (SCH) in India. He has...

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No Ordinary Summer: Real Life College Missions vs. Summer Job

Are you about begin a summer that’ll make you wish you were back in school? Perhaps you’re landed a gig nannying three of the spunkiest kids you know for a few weeks. The kids’ dad has to go on a business trip and you’re there to lend a hand or two. They’re cute and fun… for the first four hours. Then the stinky diaper changes and refusal to eat anything green takes the shine off real quick. Maybe you’re applying for a job at [insert major clothing retail store]? True, you’ll get that sweet employee discount and you’ll be styling for...

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No Ordinary Summer: Real Life College Missions vs. Summer Camp Counselor

Oh, the joys of summer camp – color wars, arts & crafts, food fights and quality time with the swimming pool… If you’re a camper, that is. When you’re one of the camp counselors, probably not so much. Being camp counselor means running things behind the scenes. You’re the referee. Or the lifeguard. The babysitter. The chaperone. The lunch lady (or man). If the campsite keeps the cabins separate from the bathrooms, then you’re also on-call for potty patrol, ready to respond to a little one’s pleas to pee in the middle of night and escort them...

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