(I definitely just now realized that it has been over two months since I posted. Sorry folks.)

You know what’s crazy? This is the last week of classes for UNCC students. That means that after exams next week, the first half of my internship is over. This semester has passed by so quickly.

This Thursday evening is our last event of the semester, the Ugly Sweater Christmas Party. It’s going to be ridiculously fun. People have been searching all over Goodwill and relatives’ closets for ugly Christmas sweaters and making them even better by attaching tacky decorations. And we’re having a contest for the best ugly sweater at the party. Add to that snowflake-making, hot chocolate, a white elephant gift exchange, Christmas cookies, and a movie… don’t you want to come? =)

Next week during exams we’re getting together as an intern team to plan for next semester and for Rekindle (our spring break trip!). I’m looking forward to it; we always have a ton of fun at our planning meetings. Which leads me to the bittersweet part about it… these will be our last planning meetings with Joe Lechner (our fearless leader). He is handing over leadership of Mission 28 to Jon Shea in January so that he can move on to other responsibilities at CrossWay. Jon is going to do a great job, but I will miss Joe’s fun-loving personality, randomness, passion for God, and experience.

This is all I have time to write now, but over the Christmas break I plan to give you an update on how I’ve been doing with reaching out to people on campus.

Anna

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I know you’re thinking it. You’re right, because it’s been over a month since you’ve heard from us!

We collected about 950 contacts from our survey booths. Many of those contacts wanted more information about Mission 28, and some have already met up with us and become our friends.
It was a full house at our first Big Meeting on September 2… almost 150 people came! We gave away our iPad after a drawing and a competition involving keys, fish hooks, and chopsticks. (Curious? Take a look here.)

So the rush of the first few weeks is over. My days aren’t as crazy as they used to be since I’m settling into a schedule. But it’s still challenging to stay on top of things! There have been mornings when I look at my planner and realize that I have a nearly empty day ahead of me. That usually leads to a scramble to get together with someone and a realization that I need to be more proactive in getting together with people….
But I LOVE interning. I like meeting new people. I like the schedule – like a student’s but without the homework! I like becoming better friends with the girls I already know and with the girls I’m meeting. And I’m excited that I am helping to reach students with the gospel.

Let me just say that the start of the semester is coming quickly. Very quickly. School starts next week! I am so ready for everything to start up. Previous interns have told me that August is the busiest month of the year, and I believe it. We’ve been busy scheduling, buying stuff, and checking off to-do lists.
Cait in particular has a lot on her plate. She needs to make sure that fliers get designed and ordered, signs get painted, sidewalks get chalked, and the website gets updated. In the middle of that, she’s moving!
I’ve been figuring out snacks for meetings and shopping around for the best deals. And I’ve realized that time management is going to be crucial for this job….so I’ve been trying to get a schedule together. And a budget. Sigh.
And Rannon? Well, he just got back from Caswell and has not contributed anything to the intern team so far. As Joe (our leader) said, he doesn’t have his priorities straight. Just kidding…. we love him and he’s going to be great. When he starts working. *cough cough*

On Monday morning we’ll be heading out to campus and starting survey booths at 9 am. We use the survey booths to meet students during the first week of classes. We want to talk to people (especially freshmen!) right away and let them know about Mission 28. So a group of us – the interns and others in M28 – will be at a specific location on campus for several hours each day asking passing students to fill out a short survey. Basically we want to get their contact information and find out if they are interested in Big Meetings or ODs. The motivation to fill one out (besides our smiling faces?) is that everyone who fills out a survey has a chance to win an iPad. That’s right, an iPad. We’ll raffle it off at our first Big Meeting on September 2. The only way to win it is to be there, so we’re hoping that a lot of people will show up at the meeting that night.

Then that Friday night we’re having a Hootenanny! We’ll be on the front field at UNCC cooking hot dogs and playing basketball on a giant slip-n-slide. We’ve done this for the past two years, and it’s been a great opportunity to meet even more students and hang out with the ones we’ve met at survey booths. Plus it’s a ton of fun.

So that’s what’s coming up soon! Please continue to pray for us and for the first week! Pray that God would open students’ hearts to talk with us and to hear the gospel.

Anna

Lots of things running through my head.

A few weeks ago, our intern team got together for some planning meetings. They went really well and we got a lot done. But as we’re sitting in our meeting, discussing our jobs, I realize just how much work is ahead of me. It’s a lot. And, if I’m honest, I’m a little overwhelmed. Normally, when I have a task ahead of me, I tend to assume control and try to get things done. Kind of a “thank you Lord, I’ll let you know if I need help” type of attitude, if you know what I mean. Even if those aren’t the words I’m saying, I’m counting on my ability to succeed instead of recognizing my inability, my history of failures. It’s a tough place to be. Tough because I CAN’T do anything on my own strength. But “my grace is sufficient for you.

This song sums up my cry as the start of school draws ever nearer:

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.

I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.

Pray with us for the hearts of the students we’ll come in contact with. For our hearts. For our team. Our mission. May God be glorified.

Hi! This is my very first post as an *official* intern. Please check out my “about” page for more details. In way of introduction, I’m going to post my financial support letter in this first post. If you feel that you’re able to give or have any questions, please shoot me an email! I’d love to hear from you.

Dear Friends and Family,

I hope this letter finds you all well. As most of you know, my family moved to Charlotte about this time last year; I was immediately drawn to and immersed in CrossWay’s college ministry, Mission 28 (M28). M28 is an outreach ministry that functions primarily as an evangelistic ministry and exists for the purpose of spreading the Gospel on the campus of UNC Charlotte and pointing students to the central role of the local church in their faith. Early on, I felt that it was a wonderfully practical area where I could serve, so I joined the Leadership Team last fall and have enjoyed serving in weekly Open Discussions (ODs). This not only pushed me out of my comfort zone, but revealed my desire to serve in greater ways within M28.

Throughout the school year, God has been doing quite a work in my heart. I found myself weighed down by the depth of my sins; more aware of my failures and weaknesses than God’s presence in my life. I wasn’t depressed but it was bogging me down. Affecting my days. I allowed my eyes to remain on my lowly state. allowed what I could see of my circumstances to govern my thoughts concerning God. But He is a gracious God and gently revealed Himself to me, giving me a taste of how great He is. “Let me decrease that you would increase all the more” is my daily plea. I have seen the Lord working in my heart, giving me a burden for the lost on campus, a vision for this ministry, and a passion to share the glorious Gospel. 

It is my joy to share with you that I will be serving full-time as a M28 campus intern this upcoming academic year (fall ‘10 – spring ‘11) through CrossWay. As an intern, I’ll be employed by the church and required to work 50 hours a week. I will be on campus almost daily reaching out to and befriending students, serving in a weekly OD that meets in the dorms on campus that seek to draw out students, learn what they believe, and bring a biblical perspective to life. I will also help with planning and administrating the weekly outreach meetings, numerous outreach events, and our annual spring break conference, Rekindle. Interning for M28 will allow me to interact and build friendships with these students for the purpose of sharing the Gospel and seeing lives transformed, as well as providing those already in M28 with an even greater vision for spreading the Gospel with their fellow students.

As an intern, my salary will be based solely on the generous financial support of others. This means that I will need to raise a total of $10,000. I am confident that this is where God has called me and therefore am in complete faith that he will provide the financial support I need for the coming year. Would you prayerfully consider partnering with Mission 28 and CrossWay as you help support me financially in spreading the Gospel of to the campus of UNC Charlotte? Whether you are able to give a one-time gift or a monthly pledge, your financial support will enable me to put my full attention on serving the Lord in this way. All checks should be made payable to CrossWay Community Church (with “Intern Support Fund – Cait Butt” in the memo) in order to receive the proper tax deduction. Please note that CrossWay has full discretion over all monies that go into this fund and they could decide to use that money for other M28 intern related purposes. If you desire to support my this year or if you have any questions, please let me know! You can email me (cait.elizabeth64@gmail.com) or phone me (919.616.7983); I would love to talk to you and answer any questions you may have.

If you’d like to know more about M28, please visit our website, http://www.mission28.com. And whether or not you can support me financially, please pray for me. I am so aware of my weakness and my daily need for God’s grace. Pray that God would work through Mission 28 and, through me, to change lives through the Gospel, to the glory of God. If you’d like a more specific list of prayer requests, shoot me an email. I earnestly covet your prayers.

I appreciate your time and your prayerful consideration.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Cait Butt

Today, I met with Anna and Rannon to learn how to format, print, assemble, and mail out our support letters. I’ll admit, it was a little bit nerve wracking. It’s a lot of money I have to raise. I’m not nervous because it was anything huge and dramatic is and of itself, just the independence of it all; the realization that I’ll have to be completely self-motivated instead of relying on others to get things done. This is a very good thing to realize now, before the school year, and thus, interning, gets underway. Perhaps I can prepare for it, strengthen my weaknesses. At least, I’ll be aware of it.

It’s going to be a tough year. Not because I’ll be in constant contact with difficult people, or because I’m not going to get as much sleep as I’m accustomed, but because I’ll be staring my sin in the face, all year. I know this year will be marked by growth but it’s the pruning stage of growth, not the flowering stage. The Lord has a lot to cut away and reshape before the fruit comes. Nontheless, I am very excited to see what He has in store.

I’ll be posting rather frequently, as I begin this exciting new journey into internship. Stay tuned!

Cait.