Saturday, April 25, 2009

Things to be thankful for...

Over the years, we've had many opportunities to be thankful to work for the CCO. Not everyone gets to work for an organization with a mission you can really believe in. Nor does everyone get to work in an organization where employees trust their leaders. These are just two of the many reasons why the CCO has recently been recognized by Christianity Today. Thank you to the many of you who contribute financially to the work Joy and I do as we try to fulfill the CCO's core purpose of Transforming College Students To Transform The World.

For those of you who are new to the blog, look around for stories of transformation in our work with the CCO. The CCO partners with churches, colleges, and organizations to develop men and women who live out their Christian faith in every area of life.

Check out the CCO website

Click here to learn a little bit more about the trip Francois will be leading for graduating seniors this summer.

Finally, our ministry is made possible by the prayers and financial contributions of a team of supporters. If you want to support our work with students and staff, we love to have you join our team. Here's some info on the many ways to donate to our ministry.
and you can even do it online.

If you have any questions, drop us a line, an email, post on our walls, or eventually we might all be tweeting!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Our work is hip!

If there is any doubt that what we do with college students changes lives, check out the cover story of last month's Christianity Today!

He Talked to Us on the Road by Ted Olsen.
"We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves," travel journalist Pico Iyer wrote in his 2000 essay "Why We Travel." He's right, but it's much more basic than that, especially for the pilgrim who travels more to find God than to find himself. We travel, at first, to leave. Then, finally, we travel to come home.

Pilgrimage and journeys are a huge piece of what we do with students when we take them to the woods (or desert or canyon or water).

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Spring Break - OLT Style

There is not much beer pong or keg standing that takes place on Spring Break Trips run by our staff in the OLT.

The OLT offered 13 alternative Spring Break Trips for students this year - 118 college students took advantage of trips to GA, FL, NC, NH, AR, CA, and TN!

Students are challenged on spring break trips to engage issues of identity, community and spirituality. Our staff take students as diverse as the campuses they work on, and have the opportunity to travel and live with them for a week - apart from distractions of campus life.

(Joy's staff Emily Bean led a trip for a campus minister and his CMU students)

Conversations of consequence are had and lives are changed because students are introduced to truths about their identity as God's beloved, within communities that really practice love and forgiveness - all with attention paid to their uniqueness as a multi-dimensional being created in the image of God.