JEFFERSON CITY –From Tremendous Summer season and Catastrophe Reduction to Trip Bible Faculty and ministry to refugees, Missouri Baptist collegiate missionaries are serving in quite a lot of methods throughout the state this summer season.
Some collegiate missionaries served as leaders at Tremendous Summers held at Hannibal-LaGrange College and/or Southwest Baptist College.
“It’s a number of enjoyable interacting with the children in any respect ranges. We had yard video games the place we laughed collectively, we cry collectively, we get within the Phrase collectively,” stated Kyra Johnson, who will enter her senior yr at HLGU this fall of the HLGU Tremendous Summer season.
“You get to know the scholars and discuss in regards to the Bible and produce other discussions,” stated Lauren Reams, a latest graduate of Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
“It’s a chance to affect and pour into them. To an enormous extent, we’ve been poured in by the leaders and the big group,” stated SBU senior Brian Purkple.
Burkple and Reams attended a earlier Tremendous Summer season, however this was Johnson’s first time.
“The youngsters are so on fireplace for Christ. The spirit strikes so freely. Our leaders and MBC have achieved an incredible job getting us prepared,” Johnson stated.
“I benefit from the instructing side and speaking with others round my very own age. I didn’t at all times get that at house,” Reams stated.
Burkple received concerned with Tremendous Summer season seeing lives of two mates modified.
“Tremendous Summer season does a superb job making ready you as a lot as attainable, however it’s as much as you with God.
Johnson is personally challenged to proceed the work at HLGU.
“That is my house campus. That is my mission area. It’s so deliberately godly. I must take it to the campus the remainder of the college yr.”
Different collegians have labored Catastrophe Reduction initiatives this summer season, together with flooding aid in Sedalia and post-tornado chainsaw response in Buckner.
“We concentrate on non secular improvement, Catastrophe Reduction, and management coaching. We practice in all elements of Catastrophe Reduction,” stated Aaron Warner, the Collegiate DR workforce chief.
Warner stated the collegiate workforce additionally had a chance in North Carolina to assist rebuild a church.
“Once they have down-time, they’ve initiatives across the readiness middle in Jefferson Metropolis, the place the automobiles are saved. We have now a various group from three different states. Some are in emergency administration coaching, some simply need to serve God. All are right here to assist. I’m proud of all of them,” Warner stated.
Iowa native Connor Stone will begin his junior yr at Northwest Missouri State. He has been serving this summer season at First Baptist, Maryville.
“I do something they want me to do. Loads of the main focus has been serving to with native outreach,” Stone stated.
Stone has additionally helped with Tremendous Summer season occasions, will assist with an August affiliation camp, and sure an affiliation Trip Bible Faculty occasion. He additionally works with youth.
“I received concerned at Lighthouse Ministries on the college. My coronary heart (cry) was to be concerned with a neighborhood church. Wherever they want service, that’s what I’ll do,” Stone stated.
Garrett Schick is a latest graduate of Pittsburgh State College (Kansas). On a secular job after commencement, he grew to become conscious once more of sin on the planet and returned to Carl Junction for mentoring for future mission service.
His mentor pastor is Brent Simmons and they’re learning in regards to the head, the center, and the fingers of mission service – the top being information and clarifying his name to missions; the center being pastoral ministry, and the fingers being the sensible factor of service, whether or not door-to-door, in a senior house, or amongst refugees.
“As a missionary, I don’t need to wait to evangelize after I’m abroad. I’m excited to proceed that this summer season,” Schick stated.
Whereas he envisions a ministry within the Asian communities, and the “pipeline” has began for IMB journeyman service, he’s planning brief time period home mission alternatives.
“I’ll go the place God desires me to go,” he stated.
A half dozen collegiate missionaries are amongst 9 interns serving in a ministry to refugees within the Kansas Metropolis space. (See story, web page 10.)
“The Lord’s use of the summer season interns has allowed us to quadruple (the work to) be out amongst companies. One easy factor they’re doing is to assist placed on a block celebration for the residents an condominium complicated with 50 p.c Somali refugees,” stated Joseph Williams, Director of Cross Tradition ministries of Central Baptist in Kansas Metropolis.