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Why Go?

As a student, you might be asking this question.  You may also have parents, family members, or friends who are asking why you have a desire to spend a summer or a semester serving the Lord away from home.  As a follower of Christ, you know about the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20.  But it is true that lostness is all around you and all you have to do is step outside your door to find opportunities to present the Gospel and lead others to Christ.  So, why go? Each devoted follow of Christ much ask the question: “What is God saying to me about following Him in obedience?”  Does He want you to “go” and share or “stay” and share?

As you consider this, talk to your BSU Director and be sure to talk with former student missionaries about their experiences.  Here are some insights about “going” from the members of our 2019-2020 State Missions Team:

Caleb Lewis State Missions Team Leader MSU - Southeast Asia    “God's heart has been for the nations from the beginning of time. As you step out in obedience, He will use you as an instrument for His glory. What a privilege and what a joy! God is not looking for a perfect or even a capable Christian. He is looking for an obedient follower who says "Here I am, Lord. Send me!"

Caleb Lewis
State Missions Team Leader
MSU - Southeast Asia

“God's heart has been for the nations from the beginning of time. As you step out in obedience, He will use you as an instrument for His glory. What a privilege and what a joy! God is not looking for a perfect or even a capable Christian. He is looking for an obedient follower who says "Here I am, Lord. Send me!"

Abbey Crawford USM - Thailand    “Student missionaries stir up interest from people about Christianity and the church. They want to know: ‘Why are these foreigners coming and loving people who have nothing to offer in return?’ And the answer is: Christ. You can also help spur on growth in the local believers who know how to relate to their neighbors in their heart language.”

Abbey Crawford
USM - Thailand

“Student missionaries stir up interest from people about Christianity and the church. They want to know: ‘Why are these foreigners coming and loving people who have nothing to offer in return?’ And the answer is: Christ. You can also help spur on growth in the local believers who know how to relate to their neighbors in their heart language.”

Jordan Curry DSU - Vancouver    “You will never grow inside your comfort zone and summer missions has a funny way of forcing you out of your comfort zone and into the abundant grace that is found in Christ. Christ is worthy of the worship of all people because He died for the sins of all people. Summer missions gives you the opportunity to go make that glorious truth known.”

Jordan Curry
DSU - Vancouver

“You will never grow inside your comfort zone and summer missions has a funny way of forcing you out of your comfort zone and into the abundant grace that is found in Christ. Christ is worthy of the worship of all people because He died for the sins of all people. Summer missions gives you the opportunity to go make that glorious truth known.”

Grace Rogers NWCC - Montana    “I felt scared, unprepared, and unqualified, but God knew what He was doing. Getting to counsel and share Jesus with my campers was the greatest blessing I could have received, and my life was impacted forever. I was out of my comfort zone, but that’s exactly where God wanted me.”

Grace Rogers
NWCC - Montana

“I felt scared, unprepared, and unqualified, but God knew what He was doing. Getting to counsel and share Jesus with my campers was the greatest blessing I could have received, and my life was impacted forever. I was out of my comfort zone, but that’s exactly where God wanted me.”

Trey Washburn NEMCC - Oklahoma    “There is no greater joy for a child of God than to actually be a servant to our Father. Many people will choose not to because they may have ‘other things’ to do during the summer, but to me the answer is obvious!”

Trey Washburn
NEMCC - Oklahoma

“There is no greater joy for a child of God than to actually be a servant to our Father. Many people will choose not to because they may have ‘other things’ to do during the summer, but to me the answer is obvious!”

Shelby Hall PRCC - Alaska    “Serving as a Summer Missionary was the most amazing experience of my life. I got to witness God move every week in some way – whether it was campers accepting Christ, people in the community naming off their prayers and praises at church each week, or Him pushing me to grow and pursue maturity.”

Shelby Hall
PRCC - Alaska

“Serving as a Summer Missionary was the most amazing experience of my life. I got to witness God move every week in some way – whether it was campers accepting Christ, people in the community naming off their prayers and praises at church each week, or Him pushing me to grow and pursue maturity.”

Chris Williams MC - South Asia    “God’s global plan and mission is that people from every tongue, tribe, and nation would come to worship Him, so why not at least give up one summer to go and be on the front lines of the Lord using you to make that happen? It’ll be the best thing you’ve ever done and you’ll grow more in your relationship with God than ever before! It’s hard, but it’s definitely worth it!”

Chris Williams
MC - South Asia

“God’s global plan and mission is that people from every tongue, tribe, and nation would come to worship Him, so why not at least give up one summer to go and be on the front lines of the Lord using you to make that happen? It’ll be the best thing you’ve ever done and you’ll grow more in your relationship with God than ever before! It’s hard, but it’s definitely worth it!”

Mary Anne Goolsby MUW - Toronto    “Do it for a bigger perspective of what God is doing globally, to find where He is working, and to join Him. Summer missions is unique in the way that it challenges you to grow spiritually and to share Jesus with those around you. Going as a learner opens the door for God to teach you so much about how ministry is done in a different place, and the lessons you learn get to come home with you!”

Mary Anne Goolsby
MUW - Toronto

“Do it for a bigger perspective of what God is doing globally, to find where He is working, and to join Him. Summer missions is unique in the way that it challenges you to grow spiritually and to share Jesus with those around you. Going as a learner opens the door for God to teach you so much about how ministry is done in a different place, and the lessons you learn get to come home with you!”

 
Jacob Miller WCU - New York City   “Definitely, definitely consider serving as a Summer Missionary! Though it may be hard and trialing, so is all ministry. God hasn't called us to success or personal fulfillment, but to obedience.”

Jacob Miller
WCU - New York City

“Definitely, definitely consider serving as a Summer Missionary! Though it may be hard and trialing, so is all ministry. God hasn't called us to success or personal fulfillment, but to obedience.”

Lilly Herring UM - Philippines    “ There’s this notion that in order to go, you have to hear a voice from the Lord specifically telling you, ‘Go to the nations.’ Actually, those words were spoken to you by Jesus 2,000 years ago. So, what’s stopping you?”

Lilly Herring
UM - Philippines

There’s this notion that in order to go, you have to hear a voice from the Lord specifically telling you, ‘Go to the nations.’ Actually, those words were spoken to you by Jesus 2,000 years ago. So, what’s stopping you?”