Today was the final day for Leadership Project 2012. After saying goodbye to their new friends, disciples headed back home, anticipating the start of the school year.
MONDAY: Cam Colquitt, Randolph College student, gave the last theme talk on Joy in Community. After spending two months in community, Cam gave a biblical perspective for why this structure allows us to enjoy more of God.
TUESDAY: Tony Ronco, Southern Wesleyan University student, gave the final talk for evangelism training, allowing us to connect our summer experiences to the experiences we have ahead on the campus.
WEDNESDAY: Last day of ADP (Athlete Development Program) and work for students! After nostalgic goodbyes with co-workers, disciples returned to an enjoyable project meal and the final, official discipleship group.
THURSDAY: First day of Return Training -- taking what we learned back to campus. Today was mainly marked by reflection time and project evaluations. Disciples recieved a special talk from the associate pastor at Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church about God's faithfulness.
FRIDAY: Chip Cowsert, CO staff member at Virginia Tech, gave a talk about campus evangelism, littered with personal anecdotes of God's faithfulness. The afternoon was spent in campus time, enjoying good fellowship and formulating a vision for the fall semester.
SATURDAY: Cleaning day! Bags were packed, rooms were cleaned and bunk beds were... de-bunked. After the work was done, rooms got together for a celebratory discipleship group, capping off the summer in a joyful fashion.
SUNDAY: Katherine Clayton, CO staff member at Virginia Tech, gave a prayer talk on God's faithfulness -- a common theme at Return Training. Matt Bradner, CO Lynchburg Regional Director, gave the final talk to wrap-up the summer and the theme of "In Joy," inspiring students to continue their growth and seek God's presense to find joy as they return to campus.
While the summer experience in Myrtle Beach, SC is officially over, the information learned, relationships built and perspectives changed will remain. Students can enjoy some time off, reflect on their spiritual growth, and await the return to campus.