Indycc is not just another event that we invite college students to attend. During these 5 days the Gospel changes lives. There is story after story of students meeting the Lord in a unique way. Some students give their lives to Jesus for the first time while attending and some feel the call into lifetime ministry, no matter their location. Not only are the students impacted, but also the surrounding city of Indianpolis. Hundreds put their trust in Christ through our Day of Outreach and partnership with local churches. Indycc was a huge part of our call to full-time ministry and in many ways still is.
Although Indycc takes place during the last few days of December, for us it begins in June. It all starts when I present the objective for this year’s conference and the Crossroads students take on the huge responsibility of developing the theme and marketing design for a conference that draws in almost 2,000 students from 4 states.
Crossroads is a summer project option for students involved with cru. Summer Projects are 6-10 weeks long, and can happen anywhere around the world. They are probably the most impactful thing that we do as a ministry in a student’s life. Students in the United States get jobs for the summer and learn how to share their faith both in the workplace and on location. Instead of getting paid jobs, Crossroads students have an internship with ZeroCanvas, the Great Lakes Design Team. They get the benefits of being on a summer project and use their talents to serve cru. Not only that, but many also receive internship credit necessary to graduate.
Right now, I am wrapping up my 5th year as the Crossroads project director. The first 2 were in Indy and the past 3 have been in Chicago. It was a privilege to lead the nine men and women
on Crossroads by professionally developing their skills and helping them walk closely with God in the process. Our aim with Crossroads is not to just provide an internship experience or even
just to give students an opportunity to use the gifts that the Lord has given them for ministry with cru, but to give them vision of what using their talents every day for Him could look like. Not
for the value of the company they work for in the future or ministry purposes. Not even for their professors while they are in school, but to let the Lord use their gifts to glorify Him in what they do.
Not only has Crossroads in Chicago been a blast the past three years, but because they are on the Chicago Summer Project with 60 other students they take steps of faith, walk out on campus
or places around the city, and share their faith. They get everyday ministry tools that they can use back on campus. Since the majority of other stateside projects are in tourist locations,
no other summer project gives students such intensive training in campus ministry over the summer that they can use back on campus the following fall.
Along with designing Indycc, Zero Canvas has been tasked for the past two years to produce the marketing materials for our national summer projects, the same materials that these students used and to investigate and apply for summer project this year. Because of the skills of the students involved on Crossroads this year, the national summer projects team asked our students to produce the video promotions as well (something we have not done in the past).
Thank you for helping us come to Chicago and work with these students every year. It is a blessing to see the Lord work in students’ lives on project and in the city of Chicago. There is
such an impact that starts in Chicago but ripples out across the world because of what the Lord does in these few short months in Chicago.