"God was calling me to trust Him and learn what it truly meant to say: God if this is where you want me to go, I’ll go."
What are good ways to share your thoughts with your parents about potentially going on a summer project?
What hesitations might your parents have about you going? Be prepared to answer those questions before you talk.
Pray for God to be working in your parents hearts even before you have a conversation.
Rosa needed her family's approval.
What made you realize God was calling you to go on summer project?
The topic of trust was often discussed in my communication classes during my process of discernment. I remember being confused if this was God’s way of telling me to trust in Him. After praying a lot about it I knew summer project was where God wanted me to go, but I prayed that He would make it clear. To my surprise that Tuesday night at our weekly meeting, the director of Milwaukee Summer Project showed up to talk about the Project. After the meeting, my discipler encouraged me to talk to him to get more specific information.
What obstacle did you encounter along the way?
The biggest obstacle that I faced was that my mom and sister were not supportive at all of me going on a summer project. They said that if I went, I would lose their financial support for my school tuition. For them it was more important for me to be working full-time than to be growing spiritually and serving the Lord. The obstacle at the time made me feel unloved and confused.
What was the turning point?
The turning point for me was the way God spoke to me through a particular devotion from the book Trusting God that my discipler and I were going through at the time. It said, “Don’t put a period where God only wants to put a comma.” It made me realize that God was calling me to trust Him and learn what it truly meant to say: God if this is where you want me to go, I’ll go.
What practical steps did you take during the process?
I talked with Cru staff and my discipler, prepared things to say to my family, and met up with my support coach to talk about how to get started on the support raising process. It was great to see God provide for all of my needs. And God has definitely worked in the hearts of my mom and sister. My sister, who was not supportive of me at all coming to Milwaukee Summer Project, made the last gift.
What do you recommend to others who face a similar obstacle?
I would recommend for you to seek advice from your spiritual mentors, spend time in the Word, and pray about it. Ask yourself what it is that He wants you do with your summer. If He is calling you to go on a Summer Project then you should trust Him; He is faithful and will provide.
Rosa attended Milwaukee Summer Project in 2012.