We’ve just come through a one of our busiest summers as many international school students start back on Wednesday. Our summer has been marked by partnerships helping us introduce kids to the hope found in a relationship with Jesus.
Shortly after school ended in June we partnered with Outpost Expeditions and took kids from Brussels, Germany, Switzerland, and the UK to Italy for an incredible week. The week was filled with sun, sand, and opportunities to hear from Bill Paige (Young Life), and musicians Phil Stacey (American Idol), and Trevor Hager.
We helped with running some of the program and worked to break down walls with humor…and costumes.
The week is designed to give students an opportunity to process their year, experiences, and understand where God is wanting to intersect their lives.
Here are some of the highlights from our week in Italy…
This past week we’ve partnered with Athletes in Action to host a basketball camp for students in the area. We helped host a visiting Canadian basketball team and manage pieces of the camp.
On Friday I shared the story of proposing to Julie and let the kids know that they are part of an even more elaborate proposal from a God who loves them deeply. All of creation and even a visiting Canadian basketball team are a part of God’s plan to reveal Himself to them.
The visiting athletes have been keeping up their blog posts with their take on the week’s activities here…
We have also started an official partnership with Youth for Christ. YouthCompass has come under the Youth for Christ umbrella and we’ve already started to experience how this partnership is going to help us reach more students.
It has been an incredible, busy summer and this week school starts back up for many of the students we work with and we are looking forward to another year, reaching more kids and understanding even more of what God has planned for us. Thanks for being a part of it.
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