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Student Missions Blog

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.

       
Student Missions Blog

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.

       
Student Missions Denton

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.

       
Student Missions Blog

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.

       
Students Ruiz Peru

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.

       
Students on Mission

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.

       
Peru Ruiz

Peru: Hungry for more

Student Missions Blog: I had asked three of the kids from the children’s ministry and feeding program if they wanted to help me paint some posters for a party I am planning for them.

       
Students Peru

Peru: Prayer is powerful

Student Missions Blog: Prayer is powerful. As we Sunday school teachers gathered to pray for our students, I felt a fire burn in my heart for the lesson I was to teach that day.

       
Students Denton

Denton: Hard times, hard hearts

Student Missions Blog: I am learning when you make the conversation about meeting their needs and hearing about their lives, the Holy Spirit moves.

       
Student blog Peru

Peru: Feeding the hungry

Student Missions Blog: Seeing the kids from the program and their involvement in my classroom makes my heart sing with joy.

       
Students on Mission

Peru: Let the fire burn bright

Student Missions Blog: On a recent Sunday after church, the pastor brought out a small grill he bought and wanted to use. He had never grilled in his life, and I had never started a fire in my life. 

       
GoNowMissions New York

New York City: God at work

Student Missons Blog: Walking the streets of New York City, we often pass unnoticed what is really going on around us.

       
 
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