Written By: Susie Richardson, Cru Senior Writer
Featuring: Boston EXΩ Summer Mission
Why were 16 Cru students seen coming and going from this Frat House for two weeks in June?
Students On Mission
Missional Launch Pad
Echo’s agenda first addressed each student’s unique story, beginning with Life Mapping sessions, which documented their history, heritage, heroes, hardships, high points, along with the “hand of God” sightings in their lives. For Shaneez Tyndall, MFA in Screenwriting at BU, these sessions were transformative:
Growing & Serving Together
With that level of transparency, the 16 bonded quickly, carrying conversations late into the night, and sometimes on into the morning! “I saw what a men’s Life Group could be,” said Erick.
Invited experts helped Echo students understand how to bring Christ into their campus “hotspots,” the LGBT community in particular. Shaneez said, “Unfortunately, I’ve always felt the need to compartmentalize my life because those topics didn’t fit neatly together. Echo showed me how these things were interconnected.”
Hands-on opportunities augmented Echo’s lectures, Q&A, and training. Echo encouraged Shaneez as she led her first Bible study and initiated a spiritual conversation on the Boston Common.
Leisure activities, like kayaking and cheering on the Red Sox at Fenway, provided ballast for the intensity of the packed schedule.
Will what happened at ZBT stay at ZBT? Not this time. Gwynnie foresees “students empowered to share the gospel confidently and effectively” as the Echo 16 return this fall to lead movements on their individual campuses.
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