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Student Missions Blog

Transformation on a Tyler campus

Student Missions Blog: Serving as a campus missionary has radically transformed my definition of serving “the least of these,” as Jesus commanded.

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Montana: Getting acquainted, making an impact

Student Missions Blog: Until I started serving in campus ministry here in Butte, Montana, I had lived in Texas all my life. In fact, I had never been outside the state more than about two weeks.

UTA: Am I Cain?

Arlington: Am I Cain?

Student Missions Blog: This semester I have been slowly—very slowly—working my way through Genesis in a study with two friends, Eunmee and Seohee, who are from South Korea.

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Africa: God is not limited

Student Missions Blog: About three days into my African expedition, before our trek to South Africa, my teammate and I experienced life in a traditional African village in Botswana.

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Denton: Lost sheep

Student Missions Blog: Each day I get to be a part of what God is doing among students here at Texas Woman’s University. But when a particular student decided she wanted to come to my office and meet with me, I was in disbelief.

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Arlington: False gods and idolatry not confined to the past

Student Missions Blog: The idea of people worshipping idols always seemed archaic to me. I thought it doesn’t actually happen anymore.

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Denton: God moves in lives of student leaders

Student Missions Blog: Many retreats have one person who casts a vision, and too often, few people come on board with this vision. However, this was not one of those retreats.

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Wales: Counting the cost of obedience

Student Missions Blog: About a month before leaving the United States, I visited my parent’s house for a weekend. That was the first time my mom told me about my dad’s declining physical condition.

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Denton: God breaks the chains that bind

Student Missions Blog: I am wrapping up my time at the University of North Texas Baptist Student Ministry, reflecting on how good God has been to us this semester.

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New York: Coats for the City

Student Missions Blog: This past week, we had nearly 90 volunteers at the association as thousands of coats arrived from North Carolina for our Coats for the City project.

Ruiz Peru

Peru: Family that keeps on growing

It was a bit difficult, at first, to get adjusted to different people, a different climate and different food. I admit I got a bit homesick some days.

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Peru: A Day of Celebration

Student Missions Blog: When I got here in Peru, I promised the kids from the feeding program that I would throw them a party, celebrating those who would memorize all their Bible verses.

Tyler: One moment at a time

Lately, God has been teaching me the impact one moment can have on our lives.

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Peru: It is all possible

Student Missons Blog: As I prepare for each lesson daily, I pray God speaks through me to each child. I ask God to allow me to say what every child needs to hear.

Wales: 'Couldn’t you carry me?'

One day a teenaged friend of mine, who is moving closer to knowing Christ, and I were playing basketball in the park, and he seemed to be moving slower than usual.

wales handson logo236When I asked what his problem was, he showed me a huge painful-looking blister that took up a small section on his foot. I suggested we go back to the house to give his wound a rest, and he offered no objections. He was moving even slower as we walked home, so I carried him on my back for the last stretch of the trip.

After lounging around the house for a while with some of the other summer missionaries, we realized it was time to go to an evening prayer meeting at a local chapel. We Americans were going to be the special guest that night. I told my friend he could stay at the house with the cooking team and wait for us to get finished.

"I want to go"

To my surprise he said, “But I want to go.”

I asked if he had ever gone to chapel before and he said, “No.”

I made sure that he knew that it was not a close walk there. He hesitated, looked down at his now bloody foot and said, “OK.” Looking out for his health, I commented that it may be a better idea for him stay this time so that we would not aggravate his blister more.

“I want to go, though,” he pleaded.

I told him there would be plenty more opportunities. After all, I will be staying here a few years. Very meekly looking at me and almost embarrassed to ask, he responded with, “Well…couldn’t you carry me?”

I finally got the picture

Complete shame hit me. What had I been doing? This guy who was not a part of the body of Christ was nearly begging me to let him experience a church no matter what the cost, and I, Mr. Missionary, was trying to talk him out of it.

As I carried Cameron on my back to the chapel, we had a super in-depth spiritual conversation about genuine faith. He asked me about it, because apparently he had read it in his Bible the night before. I explained to him the realities of faith and how significant God’s grace is.

God is revealing himself to this kid in rapid movements, and he is teaching me lessons while he is at it.

William Bowden, a recent graduate of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and former Go Now missionary, is serving in Wales with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board’s Hands On missions program.

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