We left The Peter Pan Motel and Santa Cruz in early July, but our students remained there, carrying out the mission until today. That is the most unique and impacting aspect of the Project--we spend 6 intensive weeks training them and preparing them to perform all the functions of the ministry on their own. It stretches them, helps them rely on the Lord and not themselves or others, and gives them the experience of true Christian community as they learn to work together, sharpening each other with their different strengths and gifts.
Before we, the staff, leave, we carefully and PRAYERFULLY select leaders. There are leaders for each Action Group (small group Bible study and accountability), leaders for the committees of activities (like Outreach, Prayer, etc,) and 4 Leaders called "The Foursome", 2 gals, 2 guys who are put in charge over all the others. These students are exceptional in that they are mature, humble, and are not concerned with their own ambition, but with servanthood--both in mind and actions. We confidently left the Project in their hands, knowing that they would keep it in the Lord's Hands. Here is a picture of 3 of the Foursome during our last week at The Peter Pan. In the early AM, before anyone else was up, they had a prayer walk for the people on Summer Project. I was up early with the baby and went to throw a diaper in the outside trash can, and opened my door to find them standing their, heads bowed, praying for my kids. What an encouragement! And they continued door-to-door praying for each individual there.
Today they left Santa Cruz. We've seen on facebook that they are all sad to leave each other, but excited for the ministry God has for each of them back on their different campuses. Please join us in praying for these faithful students!