Students answer God-s call
    June 6 2011 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    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 remarkable.  

    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 experience.  

    Many churches are not able to hire a full time youth minister.  

    Youth Corps connects a student with one of these churches for the summer; a valuable experience for both the church and summer youth minister.  

    Baptist Campus Ministry provides local, national and international mission opportunities.  

    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
    6/6/2011 8:36:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments

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