Called by His Name; Compelled by His Love

Why Go?

As a student, you might be asking this question.  Or your parents, family members, and friends might be asking why you believe you are being called to leave home and spend a summer or a semester as a missionary.  You know about the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20.  But lostness is all around you and all you have to do is step outside your front door to find opportunities to present the Gospel and lead others to Christ.  So, why go? What is God calling you to do?  Does He want you to “go” and share or “stay” and share?

As you consider this question, talk to your BSU Director and be sure to talk with former summer missionaries about their experience.  Here are some insights about “going” from students who served in the summer of 2018:

  Shane Ferrero UM - Japan    “In obeying God, you’ll feel your heart change. Your biases and complacency will be challenged. You will gain a new perspective on the purpose of our lives and realize that God's plan is for the whole world – not only you and those in your immediate surroundings.”

Shane Ferrero
UM - Japan

“In obeying God, you’ll feel your heart change. Your biases and complacency will be challenged. You will gain a new perspective on the purpose of our lives and realize that God's plan is for the whole world – not only you and those in your immediate surroundings.”

  Katie Tippins DSU - New Mexico    “Being a summer missionary is not ‘giving up your summer.’ It’s experiencing God in ways that you never thought possible. No job, relationship, family member, or any other excuse you can come up with can begin to compare. I have served for three years and my only regret is that I didn't serve my freshman year. Don’t pass up this opportunity. You will never get it back.”

Katie Tippins
DSU - New Mexico

“Being a summer missionary is not ‘giving up your summer.’ It’s experiencing God in ways that you never thought possible. No job, relationship, family member, or any other excuse you can come up with can begin to compare. I have served for three years and my only regret is that I didn't serve my freshman year. Don’t pass up this opportunity. You will never get it back.”

  Brandon Conerly Holmes - Southeast Asia    “There is so much darkness in this world and we need more missionaries to spread the Good News to those who are lost.”

Brandon Conerly
Holmes - Southeast Asia

“There is so much darkness in this world and we need more missionaries to spread the Good News to those who are lost.”

  Nellie Brent USM - Texas    “How did you hear the Good News? You weren’t born knowing it; someone shared it with you. Think about it. How can people know about Jesus if they’ve never heard of Him? As believers, it is important that we should constantly be sharing the Good News!”

Nellie Brent
USM - Texas

“How did you hear the Good News? You weren’t born knowing it; someone shared it with you. Think about it. How can people know about Jesus if they’ve never heard of Him? As believers, it is important that we should constantly be sharing the Good News!”

  Jack Wilson ICC - Southeast Asia    “Student missions not only gives you a different perspective on your Christian walk, it shows you how worthless you are without the Lord. It is full dependency on God, and being dependent on Him allows you to grow more than you ever have.”

Jack Wilson
ICC - Southeast Asia

“Student missions not only gives you a different perspective on your Christian walk, it shows you how worthless you are without the Lord. It is full dependency on God, and being dependent on Him allows you to grow more than you ever have.”

  Ashton Porter MSU - Georgia    “There's something especially incredible about leaving a routine to be surrounded by like-minded and mission-focused teammates and leaders to seek God at work. Through this experience, we can learn routines for living on mission that are completely applicable and transferable to non-summer missions life.”

Ashton Porter
MSU - Georgia

“There's something especially incredible about leaving a routine to be surrounded by like-minded and mission-focused teammates and leaders to seek God at work. Through this experience, we can learn routines for living on mission that are completely applicable and transferable to non-summer missions life.”

  Drew Sumrall MC - Malaysia    “One of the most exciting things about serving on missions is being able to serve in a different culture and see that the Gospel    does    reach every corner of the world. There is a need in the world that needs to be met and it seems like fewer and fewer people are bold enough to meet it.”

Drew Sumrall
MC - Malaysia

“One of the most exciting things about serving on missions is being able to serve in a different culture and see that the Gospel does reach every corner of the world. There is a need in the world that needs to be met and it seems like fewer and fewer people are bold enough to meet it.”

  Sarah Anne Rogers NWCC - Alaska    “This may be the only time in your life where you have the opportunity to dedicate your whole summer to Him. Spending this little portion of your life doing nothing but serving God will spark spiritual growth like you've never experienced. The cost may seem great, but the reward from our Father is infinitely greater.”

Sarah Anne Rogers
NWCC - Alaska

“This may be the only time in your life where you have the opportunity to dedicate your whole summer to Him. Spending this little portion of your life doing nothing but serving God will spark spiritual growth like you've never experienced. The cost may seem great, but the reward from our Father is infinitely greater.”

  Jacob Miller WCU - New York City    “Summer missions may be hard and trying, but so is all ministry. God hasn't called us to success or personal fulfillment, but to obedience.”

Jacob Miller
WCU - New York City

“Summer missions may be hard and trying, but so is all ministry. God hasn't called us to success or personal fulfillment, but to obedience.”

  Mya Lee JSU - Canada    “God used this experience to make me become more aware of myself and to reveal who I am to me! The struggles, obstacles, and difficulties I encountered changed me for the better. I began to get over my fears and stop overcomplicating simple matters.”

Mya Lee
JSU - Canada

“God used this experience to make me become more aware of myself and to reveal who I am to me! The struggles, obstacles, and difficulties I encountered changed me for the better. I began to get over my fears and stop overcomplicating simple matters.”

  Jennifer Shows MSU - Australia    “If you want to learn more about yourself than ever before - go. If you want to learn more about the God we serve and why He is worthy of our adoration - go. If you want to learn how God can use both your strengths and weaknesses for His glory - go. When presented with the opportunity to serve as the hands and feet of Christ without everyday distractions, and to be able to just soak in the goodness of who He is and what He's done, you can only say ‘Yes!’”

Jennifer Shows
MSU - Australia

“If you want to learn more about yourself than ever before - go. If you want to learn more about the God we serve and why He is worthy of our adoration - go. If you want to learn how God can use both your strengths and weaknesses for His glory - go. When presented with the opportunity to serve as the hands and feet of Christ without everyday distractions, and to be able to just soak in the goodness of who He is and what He's done, you can only say ‘Yes!’”

  Reed Jones MDCC, Texas    “There are so many people that don’t know the Truth that has set you free. If you remember the feeling of freedom you got when you accepted Jesus, you’ll understand the importance of going to tell others about it.”

Reed Jones
MDCC, Texas

“There are so many people that don’t know the Truth that has set you free. If you remember the feeling of freedom you got when you accepted Jesus, you’ll understand the importance of going to tell others about it.”

Why Go?  Watch the video to see comments by students who have served as summer missionaries!