Summer allows time for student mission opportunities
    June 15 2015 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    Our state convention strategy of “impacting lostness through disciple-making” is not just for individuals older than 25. Many of our North Carolina Baptist middle, high school, college and seminary students will be giving up a leisurely, summer vacation in order to spend their time away from school investing in God’s Kingdom through a number of summer mission and ministry opportunities.
    Many students from our N.C. Baptist churches will serve the Lord this summer by providing leadership with younger students who attend camps and retreats at Caswell, Caraway and Truett Camp. Some will serve God this summer with church groups fulfilling mission assignments in North Carolina communities while others will serve in Boston, New York, Canada, Appalachian coalfields, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Hawaii. Some will be engaged on mission for Jesus in other countries. 
    Merrie Johnson, senior consultant for the evangelism and discipleship group has already selected, trained and equipped her “Be Do Tell” team for student summer missions at Fort Caswell; her team is already at work with students attending this year’s summer youth weeks. In 2014, 6,573 individuals from 264 churches attended these camps at Caswell. Of those attending, 487 students made professions of faith and 425 made commitments to vocational Christian service. Will you commit to pray for a great movement of God again this summer in the hearts of student leaders and campers?
    World Missions Week and Deep Impact mission camps are sponsored by North Carolina Baptist Men and will be conducted this summer at Caswell July 5-11. This experience provides campers from all age groups the opportunity to learn how they can be involved in exciting missions opportunities in the state, across the nation and around the world. World Missions Week and Deep Impact provide many students with their first opportunity to learn about God’s heart for the nations and experience what it means to be “on mission” for Him. The experience of being a part of a missions project is a life changing experience for many of the students who participate.
    As you think about and pray for all of the many missions opportunities that will be available this summer, also be reminded that each of us are to be “on mission” for God every day wherever we are. In the Great Commission given to us in Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus instructs us to make disciples as we go about the normal routines of our daily lives. I challenge you to always be sensitive and ready to respond, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to the opportunities that God presents to you. Boldly minister to and befriend those He brings across your path each day. Give them opportunity to accept Christ and when they do, help them grow in the faith.
    Remember to pray daily that God will work in the hearts and minds of our student missionaries this summer. Pray for their protection and pray that they will be obedient courageous followers of Jesus. Pray for a harvest of new believers this summer.
    And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19).

    6/15/2015 10:52:01 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments
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