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August 21, 2012

The Hope of Epic Failure

Matthew W. Meyer

Each summer we partner with the Bosnian IFES movement (EUS) and send a team to Bosnia—to teach English to Bosnian college students and to share our lives and faith.

In a country that is beautiful, broken, overlooked, under-served, and where there are very few genuine followers of Jesus, we pray that our partnership with EUS will lead to the gospel

August 16, 2012

The One Thing I Learned Last Year

Angie Giancola

Each morning, I find myself thinking: Less than two weeks? Less than two weeks! 

In less than two weeks, I’ll be back at school preparing for my senior year of college. Part of me feels like summer just started, but then part of me has been pining to get back to campus for months.

August 15, 2012

My Borderlands Experience

Alejandra Ortiz Chacón

This summer, seventeen InterVarsity staff and students took part in Borderlands, a special track of the Los Angeles Urban Project. They spent time in Tijuana, San Diego, and Fresno to learn more about the issue of immigration and to understand the issue through a Christian lens.  

While at the border, they partnered with staff and students from

August 14, 2012

The Bow and The Baker

Rachael Green

This spring I picked up Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy and could not put it down until the very last page. The story features Katniss Everdeen, the bow-wielding ‘Girl on Fire’ who comes of age in a violent and oppressive world.   

This young adult novel blazed its way to the New York Times’ Bestseller list for over 100 consecutive weeks, capturing the imagination of a generation—and no wonder too.

August 13, 2012

Mourning Over Time

Steve Tamayo

Several years ago, I found myself reading A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken and encountering an idea that would change the way I looked at grief forever.

You see, I worked with InterVarsity at Virginia Tech the year before the shootings took place on campus. Although, no one

August 09, 2012

Becoming What I Was Created to Be

Santine Hsueh

I remember when I accepted Jesus into my heart as Lord and Savior eight years ago. I was intentional about growing my faith and sharing it with others. But as I got older, living faithfully, producing spiritual fruit, and being in community became more difficult.

Choosing to live a Christian life did not make me a perfect

August 08, 2012

The Beauty of Liturgy

Elle Knop

When I came home from school this summer, I was excited to catch up with my family and start my summer internship. I couldn’t wait to visit Erin’s church—which she had talked about many times since she started attending a year ago.

Having attended her church this summer, I’ve learned so much about liturgical prayer.

August 07, 2012

Buying Jesus Lunch

Sasha Mackoon

The train was taking almost twenty to thirty minutes to leave, when a man walking on his two hands and one foot, went onto the ladies’ train car.

This man is known around the train station for begging.

As he went through the train car asking for money, Eric

August 06, 2012

Finding Freedom Through Sabbath

Justin Soong

When I was in high school I went to Taiwan on a mission trip. My home church in Fremont, CA had been planted years ago by Taiwanese immigrants and now, we were helping plant a small church in Taiwan.

My role was simple: I was to spend one week teaching elementary school children English, generally taking care of them, and also

August 02, 2012

Praying Beyond Ourselves

Mollie Emerson

One of my favorite parts of Paul’s epistles is when Paul transparently shares what he prays for.

Paul doesn’t just write to the churches in order to correct and instruct, but also to encourage and to remind them that he cares. 

The way that Paul prays for the early believers is powerful and

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