Students have a lot of choices for how to spend the summer before their junior or senior year of college. Studying abroad, refilling bank accounts, F500 internships, that last camp counselor experience, or summer classes are just a few of the options that compete with what ServeHere can offer.
With that context, you might imagine that the person who choses to compete for the opportunity to spend their summer exploring God’s calling on their life, while intensely serving others, is a special individual. And you would be right.
By far, the hardest and most important part of my role at ServeHere is finding and selecting the right students for the summer. There is just so much at stake – and to make things even harder – this year we were blessed with a bumper crop of very qualified students.
In the end, God’s hand was very evident in bringing forward the 11 Concordia, UT and Texas A&M students selected out of the 40 who applied. Their interests and gifts are diverse — and their fields of study reflect that — from Education to Film Making; from Business to Biology; and far beyond. They are certainly successful in the classroom too — with an average GPA over 3.7. But most importantly, each of them is a mature believer who wants to pursue Christ’s calling on their life. So they are dedicating this summer to the challenge of better understanding that calling and how it might translate into their life after college.
Having spent weeks and weeks getting to know this amazingly talented group of students during the recruiting phase this Spring – and now having spent two more full days interacting with them in training sessions and in the field – I couldn’t be more excited at the prospects for this summer.
As the program moves along, we’ll give you a deeper look at the inspiring people of ServeHere’s Summer Class of 2014.