The summer months are a busy and exciting time. Summer means
vacation for many families.
Churches often host special outreaches and send out mission
teams. Your Convention staff is busy helping host many camps and missions
opportunities for children and youth.
I know many students look forward to summer because it
brings a much needed break from the classroom and from all their studies. Yet,
some students find themselves working just as hard in the summer because they
choose a very special way to spend summer vacation.
I want to share with you about a special group of students
and ask you to please join me in committing to consistently praying for them
these next few months.
They are our Baptist students involved in summer missions.
Our Baptist Campus Ministry and Student Ministry Team offer
many opportunities for summer missions.
This summer college students from all across the state will
serve in a variety of different ways.
Students on the BeDoTell team make Caswell their summer home
and lead worship, Bible studies and skits.
They help minister to the thousands of middle and high school
students who come to Youth Weeks each year.
The testimonies of how God works in the hearts of youth and
how they respond to the Holy Spirit’s leading during these weeks at Caswell is
Students serving with Deep Impact travel the state to various
locations in order to help lead the camp weeks.
Deep Impact provides youth and their leaders the chance to
join with other youth groups and spend one week serving a community through
outreach such as Vacation Bible
School, senior adult ministry, construction/clean
up projects, sports camps and medical clinics.
Deep Impact allows students to learn about missions during
the worship and teaching times each day, but also gives them a hands-on
Many churches are not able to hire a full time youth
Youth Corps connects a student with one of these churches
for the summer; a valuable experience for both the church and summer youth
Baptist Campus Ministry provides local, national and international
For example, this year two students are serving with the
Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina.
Students are ministering in our partnership areas of Toronto
and New York, at an orphanage in South
Africa, and with inner city ministry in East
St. Louis and Waco, Texas.
Pastors, youth leaders and parents: if you know a student
serving in missions this summer please let them know you are praying for them.
Your support and encouragement is invaluable to them.
These students give us examples of how the Acts 1:8 mission
is being carried out as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission.
Adults, let’s not just encourage our students in their
mission this summer. Let’s seek to follow the example they are setting and join
God where He is at work.
“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the
believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in
purity.” — 1 Timothy 4:12