For some college students, the summer break is really not a break at all. Will you join me in praying for the college students who have chosen to serve God through missions this summer?
Summer break allows college students to engage in missionary activities that impact lostness here in North Carolina and beyond. Rick Trexler, leader of the Collegiate Partnership Team, works with members of his staff to connect students with summer missions opportunities.
Trexler said that college students will make a big impact on the mission field this summer: “Over 200 North Carolina students will be engaged through numerous Convention ministries, including, but not limited to: Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM), BeDoTell, Camp Caraway, Deep Impact and Fort Caswell. These students will be working alongside church planters, organizing backyard Bible clubs, serving in social relief ministries (particularly dealing with homelessness, hunger relief, and human trafficking), as camp staffers and as youth ministers,” he said.
Trexler also noted that college students will have a missions presence abroad this summer.
Through Convention partnerships with churches and BCM groups, 19 students will go overseas to various locations in Asia, including Thailand, India and Senegal to assist International Mission Board missionaries. Others will serve alongside North American Mission Board missionaries in Canada, Texas and New York.
Indeed, these summer mission opportunities do more than aid existing missionaries; for a number of students, they can be a time of recognizing God’s call on their lives. “Many of our current missionaries and professional ministers have realized their vocational calling through student missions,” Trexler said.
Merrie Johnson, the Baptist State Convention’s senior consultant for youth evangelism and discipleship, directs the BeDoTell youth camps at Fort Caswell each summer.
Hundreds of students surrender their lives to Christ and answer God’s call to missions and ministry during these weeklong camps. College students comprise the BeDoTell worship team and band. They also serve as small group discussion leaders and fulfill numerous other duties.
The Convention also employs college students in other Caswell camps each summer. The same is true at Camp Caraway, where the Convention conducts camps that depend upon the leadership of college students.
Tom Beam, consultant for North Carolina Baptist Men (or Baptists on Mission), coordinates Deep Impact Missions Weeks for middle and high school students, where college students can serve as summer staff. Workers are divided into two teams and travel to different locations in North Carolina, New York City, Honduras and Cuba to work with more than 1,800 youth and leaders who participate in Deep Impact mission projects.
You may have fond memories of summer missionary experiences as a college student.
I hope that you will take some time to thank God for the work He did in your life then, and also that you will pray that He will work in the lives of college students this summer in wonderful ways. We want to help college students impact lostness through disciple-making, and in so doing, glorify our Lord and Savior.