February - IT Project

February 2007

In a few months, college students all over the U.S. will be taking off for different summer trips and projects. Some will be overseas and others will be stateside. They will be doing many different things ranging from teaching English to building homes to vacation Bible schools to prayer walking. If you haven’t already been informed of the vast opportunities available this summer don’t worry because you will be shortly. Perhaps you have already decided what you are going to do this summer, but if you are like most college students you are just now beginning to ask, “What am I going to do this summer?” Besides wanting to know what God’s will is for your life, this is probably the second most asked question for college students. You are one person with one thousand opportunities, but the good news is that you have narrowed down your options to the top five. Each option has a unique, yet similar, feel to it, and you just can’t decide which is MOST right for you. Allow me the chance to throw a huge kink in your plans for a second. What if the best option for you this summer was not any of the five? What if IT was?

OK, so you’re probably asking yourself, “Well, what is IT?” I can assure that you won’t be able to get IT on eBay, and there’s a good possibility that IT won’t be in you as Gatorade would want you to believe. IT is an acronym for The Traveling Team summer project known as the Intensive Training Project. It has been held in Pasadena, CA for the last seven years at the U.S. Center for World Missions. Allow me just a second to introduce you to our project.

The I.T. Project is a unique summer project filled with many different aspects. The project will be taking place this summer from June 8th to July 27th, and the cost of the project will be $2200. Each student that comes out will be taking a course on missions that will ruin them for the ordinary. They will learn more about the Biblical basis for missions, as well as the historical, cultural and strategic aspects of missions. Students will be going on nearby campuses for evangelism and befriending International students throughout the summer. Students will also be hearing from missionaries and missiologists who will share about the beliefs of Tribal, Hindu, Chinese, Muslim and Buddhists, and how to share the Gospel with them in each context. After hearing each speaker, the students will then journey to the respective places of worship where they will sit in on their services as learners. They will be given the chance to ask questions of leaders within each religion, as well as observe the way they worship and who they worship. Students will learn how to go back to their campus and pass on world vision. Of course there will be fun, too! For example, hanging with the stars in Hollywood and walking on Santa Monica beach. This summer is like taking five mission trips in one summer, and the funny thing is you will never leave the Los Angeles area. There are over 170 languages spoken in LA, and that is why the theme of the project is Around the World in 50 Days.

There is not enough space here to tell you how life changing this project is, but I can briefly tell you how much IT was used to change me. I had a heart to see the nations worship God before I went to IT project, but it was at IT that God solidified my desire to see the nations know Him. It was at IT that God brought me to a point where I saw that my life was not my own, and that my answer to Him should be “Yes, Lord!” to anything anywhere at anytime. The IT project is not for everyone, but I hope you ask this question, “Is IT for me?”

If you are interested in learning more about the IT Summer Project then go to:

http://www.thetravelingteam.org/?q=node/251 or you can call our offices at 501.329.7676

Bryan Padgett
The Traveling Team