Some college students spend the summer break enjoying a little down time after working hard all year to meet the grueling demands of the academic school year, and they certainly deserve this time off during the summer.
However, students participating in the Baptist State Convention’s summer missions program will use their summer for something special as they share the gospel locally, nationally and around the world.
Student Summer Missions is an important and vital ministry of this convention. Each summer I am challenged by the love and devotion these college and university students demonstrate for Jesus Christ. Their passion for serving Christ and serving others during a time in which they could easily pursue other opportunities is remarkable.
We are planning to continue offering mission experiences, like the ones listed below, in the years to come.
Some of our summer missionaries will minister through local opportunities such as a refugee ministry in the Winston-Salem area.
Other opportunities include inner city ministry in East St. Louis and Waco, Texas, and ministry with unreached people groups in Southeast Asia.
A number of students will spend the summer as leaders and counselors at Camp Caraway and Camp Mundo Vista, while others will gain valuable experience serving as youth ministers in local churches across the state.
Students will serve at Fort Caswell, working with the more than 7,000 middle and high school students attending Youth Weeks.
They will lead worship, Bible studies and build relationships with students as they point them to Christ.
Seven students will spend two weeks serving in metro New York as part of their second year of training through the Next Generation Missional Journey. This three-year initiative, sponsored by the Office of Great Commission Partnerships, trains young mission leaders. These students will serve alongside the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association (MNYBA) and work among the Sri Lankan people on Staten Island, an area MNYBA is targeting for a new church plant.
These young Christian leaders will help MNYBA identify and engage the Sri Lankan people with the gospel.
Other students will serve with Deep Impact, which is a weeklong mission experience that engages middle and high school students in various mission opportunities.
They will play a crucial role in the success of these mission weeks that are sponsored by North Carolina Baptist Men. Deep Impact is held in locations such as Charlotte, Durham, Hendersonville, Red Springs and Shelby. International locations include Honduras and Cuba.
Regardless of where or how they serve this summer, these young men and women need and deserve our prayers and encouragement. As they serve Christ through missions and ministry, let’s pray that God would use them in a mighty way to impact lostness and advance His Church.
Pray that these young leaders will continue to serve our Lord with the same passion and conviction when they return to the campus in the fall where they will encounter multiple thousands of students who also need to hear about God’s plan for eternal life through Christ alone.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1