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XSI Resources Now Available Online

Hundreds of resources from the Xenos Summer Institute are now available online. You can listen to and download recordings of both plenary and breakout sessions. You can also click through the powerpoints and read helpful handouts. It's also a great way to share this information with a friend. You can find all the resources at xenos.org/teachings.

This year's XSI offered 37 breakout sessions, and some of the most popular were "Does Science Contradict Christianity?," "Freedom from the Guilt and Shame Trap," and "The Waiting is the Hardest Part."

The 2018 Summer Institute drew 3500 people, including 500 guests, coming from across the country and Canada. Of the guests who registered in advance, 30% had never attended XSI before.

Over 1400 Students Hear of God's Love at Summer Camps

Hundreds of kids—from pre-schoolers to seniors in high school—have enjoyed time this summer at one of 5 different camps Xenos has overseen this year.

They made memories, deepened their friendships, and  most significantly, experienced God’s love and truth in a deeper way. Camp leaders appreciate the folks who’ve been praying for this work, and point to the many students who say they started a relationship with Christ, as proof that He listened!

Here are a few highlights from the different camps:

Xenos hosted two Renegade camps for kids in low-income neighborhoods, one focusing on music and the other focusing on sports and arts. Both camps included Bible teachings and were structured to emphasize relationships. The camp drew 14 kids who have never attended a Renegade event, and 15 students say they started a relationship with Christ. You can read more about these camps here.

Volunteers Make XSI a Great Success

The 2018 Xenos Summer Institute has just wrapped up another successful event thanks in large part to the hundreds of volunteers who stepped up to help. Over 300 volunteers worked many different roles--directing traffic, checking in guests, working video cameras, and many more.

XSI organizers are thankful for their smiling faces and dedication to making thousands of guests feel welcome! The event would not be possible without their support.

 

High School Missions Trip Prepares to Host Sports Camp

A group of 27 Xenos high-schoolers will be heading to Dayton July 29-August 4 for a missions trip. They'll be leading a sports camp for kids that includes activities, lunch and a daily Bible study. While the group has adult leaders, the teens will be running everything at the camp--games, teachings, and the meals.

Please pray for these students to have stamina for the demands of the week, as well as a love for the kids they serve. The team specifically asks for prayer that they have an ear to hear God's voice in each and every situation they encounter. And pray for God to draw kids to the camp!

You can help with the costs of the trip--the team is doing a car wash tomorrow, July 21st at the 4th Street Pavilion (1934 N. 4th St., Columbus, 43201) from 10:00 am-1:00 pm.

Summer Fun After 4th Street Morning Central Teachings

The 4th Street Sunday morning Central Teaching is planning two events for the coming weeks, perfect for the summer weather.

This Sunday, July 22nd, the meat smoker will be visiting. Volunteers will be manning the smoker overnight so there's meat for you and your family, ready to serve after the teaching. Make plans with your home church to stick around and enjoy some time together.

And the following Sunday, July 29th the same Central Teaching will be hosting a "touch a truck" event, with a number of first responders--officers, firefighters, and EMT--and their vehicles. You can get an up-close view of ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars, and chat with the men and women who operate them. This starts at 11:00 am. Invite your friends and their kids! 

Organizers are also hoping you'll consider making a baked good for the officers and firefighters as a show of appreciation. If you're willing, please contact Sherri Fojas at FojasS@xenos.org.

High-Schoolers Study God's Plan in Human History at Epic

Hundreds of high-schoolers are back, after enjoying a week at Epic camp in Southern Indiana. Camp Director Brian Adams says the topic--God's plan in human history--really struck a cord with many students. He says at least 27 students decided to start a relationship with God! Brian says many others took steps toward a deeper walk with God and closer relationships with their friends.

As in Columbus, it was a very hot week for the campers, which made for some challenges. In spite of it Brian says many took the opportunity to practice Christ-centered love

Xenos to Host Farmers' Market July 15th

Local vendors will be setting up on Sunday, July 15th for a farmers' market hosted by Xenos. You can find summer produce, honey, meat, and more at the market, which will be open after Central Teaching at the Warehouse (600 Oakland Park Dr. 43214) from 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

Anyone from the community is welcome, and it'll be a fun activity for families after CT.

The market will return August 12th and September 9th.

Xenos Summer Institute Starts Next Week

Next week Xenos will host the Xenos Summer Institute, welcoming thousands of guests and guest speakers. This year's theme is "The God Who is There," focusing on the topic of apologetics and paying homage to the 50th anniversary of Francis Schaeffer's book. In addition to 7 plenary (primary) sessions, there will be over 35 breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics.

The conference starts Wednesday, July 11th, with the opening teaching starting at 7:00 pm. It continues all day Thursday and Friday, July 12th and 13th.

Thursday night's session is free for those investigating Christianity, giving you a great opportunity to invite your friends, family, or co-workers. That night Dennis McCallum will be teaching on how the human soul points to the existence of a creator, and cold-case homicide detective J. Warner Wallace will present on looking at the universe as a crime scene, examining the evidence for God's existence. 

If you haven't registered, you can do so online at xenos.org/xsi/register until Monday, July 9th at noon. If you miss that deadline you can still pay at the door. Walk-in registration starts at 5:30 pm, a few hours before the opening plenary session.

Please be a good host to the many guests who are coming in from out of town. Please follow the guidance for attending at satellite locations so our guests have room at the Main Campus. Remember that smoking and vaping is not permitted in the building--use the north deck at Main Campus or the picnic area south of the building.

Read Xenos Elder's Review of XSI Speaker's Book

One of the featured speakers for this year's Xenos Summer Institute is cold-case homicide detective J. Warner Wallace. Xenos Elder James Rochford has reviewed Wallace's book God's Crime Scene and shares his thoughts--you can read his review here.

You can also buy Wallace's books now at all Xenos book stores--Main Campus, Study Center, Warehouse, and 4th Street.

Joke van Opstal to Speak at Evening of Hope Event

Don't miss the Evening of Hope, an event to support the work of Fountain of Hope, a church planting movement Xenos supports in Cambodia. Joke van Opstal with the organization will be speaking, sharing how God is transforming lives through this ministry.

The event is Tuesday, July 10th at the 4th Street Cafe (1934 N. 4th St., 43201) from 7:00-9:00 pm. There will be food and drink, and an auction featuring art work from Cambodia. The cost for all is by donation, and 100% of the proceeds will support Fountain of Hope.

Find event details at its Facebook page: facebook.com/events/330410810823828. You can learn more about Fountain of Hope at fohcambodia.org.

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