Student Summer Missionaries 'give something back'
July 27 2001 by Jimmy Allen , BR Assistant Editor

Student Summer Missionaries 'give something back' | Friday, July 27, 2001

Friday, July 27, 2001

Student Summer Missionaries 'give something back'

By Jimmy Allen BR Assistant Editor Western Carolina University student Charlie Patrick wanted this summer to be different. In previous summers, the college senior had made money working at a plastic cup plant or attended summer school.

"This summer I didn't want it to be about me," Patrick said. "I wanted to give something back."

He decided to participate in the Baptist State Convention's Student Summer Missions program, and he was chosen to work at the Kinston campus of Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina.

Thirty-three college students are participating in the summer missions program. Assignments range from orphan ministry in Kenya to flood relief in Grifton.

Beth Wright, interim campus ministry associate with the Baptist State Convention, said the state convention had more people apply than positions that could be funded. The missionaries are paid from money collected this past school year by Baptist Student Unions across the state. This year the amount was $85,000.

Patrick, a social work major who is a member of Sophia Baptist Church in Sophia, hopes to work with the homeless population after graduating from college. His work at the children's homes showed him that God's love isn't just for those who have kept their "noses clean."

"In nine weeks, I've seen how God has moved in these kids lives," he said.

"I think sometimes we unfairly stereotype children in this type of setting," he said.

As part of his mission, Patrick led Bible studies at each of the campus' eight cottages. Some of the best times, though, have been sitting on the front porch with the teens and talking about issues they're facing.

"This summer has been different. I've learned a lot about myself, about others."

Natalie Crenshaw, a senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is participating in the summer missions program for the second consecutive year. Last year she served as a youth minister in Australia.

This summer, the Harrisburg native is learning about the separation of religion and the government by serving at the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs in Washington, D.C.

The mission work in Australia was hands-on, she said, while this summer required more thinking. She has attended congressional hearings about President George W. Bush's faith-based initiatives (including some where the joint committee's executive director, Brent Walker, spoke), attended a series of lectures on the role of religion in education, and provided administrative help in the office.

"I've had to really figure out how I believe," Crenshaw said, noting the joint committee staff has encouraged her to think about the issues on her own. Although she said she had not figured out her thoughts completely on church-state issues, she has "a lot of the pieces."

A member of Providence Baptist Church in Harrisburg, Crenshaw in considering a double major that would include political science.

"I think I've learned I don't want to live in Washington, but it has been a good summer," she said.

Other missionaries, their schools, ministries and places of service are as follows:

International Anna Goodman, Mars Hills College, youth and children's ministry, Australia; Rebecca Sloan, Campbell University, youth and children's ministry, Australia; Chrissy Parker, Mars Hill, youth and children's ministry, Australia; Dana Yates, Western Carolina, youth and children's ministry, Australia; Joe Taylor, Wake Forest University, local church ministry, Cuba;

And, Roy Thagard, N.C. State University, agricultural ministry, East Asia; Michelle Ayers, Wake Forest, orphan ministry, Kenya; Ashley Norman, UNC-Chapel Hill, orphan ministry, Kenya; Amber McGinnis, UNC-Charlotte, orphanage/AIDS education, South Africa; Sarah Murphy, UNC-Charlotte, orphanage/AIDS education, South Africa;

And, Steve Gough, Applachian State University, backpacking evangelism, Southeast Asia; Rachel Satterwhite, Wingate University, backpacking evangelism, Southeast Asia; Hahn Tran, Gardner-Webb University, college ministry, Thailand; James Atkinson, UNC-Chapel Hill, college ministry, Thailand; Joey Bridges, UNC-Chapel Hill, college ministry, Thailand;

United States Greg Mathews, UNC-Charlotte, local church ministry, Alaska; Michael Stone, Gardner-Webb University, local church ministry, Alaska; Jodie Hurley, Campbell University, youth ministry, Canada; Amanda Wilson, UNC-Chapel Hill, Jubilee Partners, Georgia; Adam Jarrell, N.C. State, inner city ministry, East St. Louis, Illinois;

And, Kelly Garrett, Western Carolina University, Metro Baptist Association, New York City; Sabrina Frantz, Western Carolina University, Metro Baptist Association, New York City; English Ivie, UNC-Chapel Hill, deaf ministry, Texas; Lea Mayes, UNC-Charlotte, missions center, Texas.

North Carolina Jamie Fincher, Western Carolina University, Metrolina AIDS Project, Charlotte; Sara McDonald, N.C. State, flood relief, Grifton; Terri Shelton, UNC-Chapel Hill, flood relief, Grifton; Nikki Jones, Campbell University, Baptist Children's Homes, Thomasville; Heather McClain, Campbell University, Prodigals Community, Winston-Salem;

And, Teresa Bridges, Appalachian State University, church ministry team, Asheville; and Catherine Williams, Wingate University, church ministry team, Asheville.

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