The Why Question
Why is always the million-dollar question. Why should I invest my time, money, and effort? Why should I join? Why should this be worth it to me? Why is typically one of the first words we learn as a child because we are naturally curious beings. We are a people that like to know; we like answers and certainties. But are we ever truly satisfied with the answer? The answer that follows “why” is pivotal. It is the difference between gaining or losing, investing or not investing. The answer given often isn’t black and white or a set of bullet points. Many times, the answer contains an element of trust.
In the Fall, you as a college student in the Triad have the opportunity to join Mercy Hill College and become a part of City Project in Summer 2017. When approached by staff, a community group leader, or a friend about the opportunity, the question that always follows without hesitation is “Why should I do City Project? Why is it worth investing a whole summer?” We realize that the answer holds a ton of weight in comparison to the million other summer opportunities you have before you. But, we also recognize that the answer is a weighty one with far-reaching implications.
You Can Trust Him with Your Service
In life, God often asks things of us or opens an opportunity, and because we are human, we naturally respond with “Why?” His answer will always be, “Because I know you. Just trust Me.” You see, He created us with the best purpose in mind—His purpose. We were created in His image and it’s a beautiful thing when our hearts start to align with His. Praise God that we have the Bible that gives us a clear answer to our constant whys: “’You are my witnesses,’ declares the LORD, ‘and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he’” (Isaiah 43:10a). We pray all our college students realize that you are included in the Isaiah 43 passage. If you believe Jesus is Lord and Savior, go ahead and begin that verse with your name. You are a part of this mission. This is just one of many references Isaiah writes in reference to God’s relationship with us, and because He constantly reminds us of this relationship, we can trust when He commands something of us. He knows what is best for us.
Why Should You Do City Project?
City Project is about fulfilling some of the greatest commandments we as part of creation were ever given. “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself’” (Luke 10:27). The 8 weeks of City Project are broken down into learning how to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength by sitting under teaching to grow in your faith and being placed in a D-group with other students to talk life-on-life. City Project is about learning how to love your neighbor as yourself as you evangelize on the streets of NYC and serve in internships around the Triad with our community partners like the Pregnancy Care Center or Room at the Inn. It is about laughing with fellow city project students and rejoicing together as you grow in relationship with one another.
Why? Because one of the greatest commissions for us as Jesus’s servants in Matthew, is the call to GO. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). City Project is realizing that your neighbors also reside across the globe. It is about taking the Gospel to those that don’t have access to it during international weeks. It is a continuing of what has already been started in India, Indonesia, Spain, Peru, and Brazil. But most importantly, it provides you with an opportunity to follow in obedience and GO.
Why? Because City Project is not about the Mercy Hill College staff; it isn’t a plea or beg. It’s about us praying for you. Praying that you will grasp the vision so clearly laid out in the Bible of seeing every tribe, tongue, and nation worship His name alone. It is about the work that God is doing and will continue to do on your campus and how you can become a part of it. It is about joining in His mission. It is about participating in something that we were ultimately created for by a Father who knows us best.
We understand this, so we have provided the opportunity for you. The opportunity to directly say “Yes, I will be sent.” Will you be a part of City Project 2017?
–Kristen Schleich (2 year College Resident)