Wildwood is Multinational
Wildwood is 'multinational' because of the unique experience we have to share our lives and the gospel with the thousands of international college students who have arrived to work on the beach in Wildwood for the summer from Azerbaijan, China, Columbia, Egypt, Ghana, Greece, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and lots more.
Life at Wildwood!
Wildwood is a barrier island off the southern tip of New Jersey, and comes alive in the spring & summer as vacationers make their way to the famous Wildwood boardwalk. The population of this resort beach town can increase from a mere 5,400 people to 250,000 visitors during peak vacation times!
With thousands of visitors making their way to Wildwood for the summer, the city hosts numerous events throughout the week as entertainment for their guests. Fireworks are shot over the beach every Friday night, concerts on the beach, BBQ competitions, sports tournaments, movies on the beach, etc. And, in addition to weekly events, there’s the simple fact that you live on a beach all summer long – a beach town outfitted with ice cream shops, local food dives, coffee shops, surf shops, sand between your toes, putt-putt courses, etc.
Wildwood touts one of America’s Top 10 Boardwalks with its 5 miles of beaches, amusement park piers, water parks, rollercoasters, carnival games, and delicious food stands. Many of these boardwalk jobs will be occupied by international students who have come to America for the summer – many of which you, as a Summer Mission student, will get to interact with. Every year we see thousands of international students make Wildwood their home for the summer. We have connected with students from Azerbaijan, China, Columbia, Egypt, Ghana, Greece, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Russia, Turkey, and lots more. Indeed, "WILDWOOD WELCOMES WORLD" is an accurate statement.
Wildwood Summer Mission stands as one of CRU’s longest running summer projects. Many past heroes of the faith have gone before us, have prayed for us, have dreamt of things to come. Future Wildwood Summer Mission participants come ushered in by the prayers & dreams of old saints and fulfill the vision of redeeming the city of Wildwood, New Jersey.
Think of this: every day. 10 weeks (June 1st - August 8th). a janky mansion house. your new best friends; living together, laughing together, eating together, playing together, working together. learning, hoping, praying, and loving the world, all alongside one another.
Every day spent in community. Just like we were made to do.
We commit Life at Wildwood to two things: Treasuring Jesus. and Impacting the World.
We are convinced that, as we Treasure Jesus more dearly, our hearts will be compelled to Impact the World around us.
Wildwood Summer MIssion is designed in such a way that we desire to see students experience Jesus richly, and set every student up to live the rest of their lives on mission. Wherever you go, whatever you do, we want to equip you to Impact the World with the gospel right where you are. We look to have a balanced approach to witness, engaging in ministry witness, "body mode" witness in teams, and relational witness. However balanced, in comparison to other Cru projects we look to put a high emphasis in experiencing body mode and relational mode (learn more). (As a percentage of time spent in witness 20% is ministry mode, 40% is body mode, and 40% is relational).
How this looks on a day-to-day basis changes throughout the week, but there are certain things you can be sure of:
You’ll work a job (we’ll call that your “ministry site”) 30-40 hours/week. You’ll meet in small groups (“teams”) as you study the Bible together and do ministry together. You’ll cook meals together. You’ll use your janky mansion as a place of hospitality. You'll experience the Word with fresh perspective. You’ll have a weekly meeting where you can invite your new friends to experience God. You’ll be equipped to share your faith. You'll interact with thousands of international students. You’ll worship in community. You’ll go to church every Sunday. You'll see people come to Christ. You’ll have down time to hang out, grill in the backyard, throw the football, lay out at the beach, have fun at the boardwalk, etc.
(Check out a sample weekly schedule here from a previous mission if you’d like to know more).
This is Life at Wildwood.
Life as disciples. Life to restore. Life as celebrators. Life to bless. Life together.
Take a risk. Come with us. You won't regret it. You may even just find yourself saying, "that was the summer that changed everything."