Despite the restrictions of COVID, summer missions opportunities are available this year through BMC’s Baptist Student Union. Every year, the BSU works hard to raise money for summer missions, sending a handful of volunteers to positions across the world. This movement continues even in this year. Six students have already committed to serving this summer, and there are opportunities for anyone who wishes to go.
The BSU does all it can to fully fund its student missionaries. This results in a variety of entertaining activities throughout the school year. In this spring semester alone, a karaoke night and candygrams have raised a significant amount of money. Further events are planned for the semester, such as a breakfast-for-supper banquet on March 25th.
BSU Director Tracy Moser is excited about the amount of funds students are raising, taking this as a sign of God’s blessing on this missional endeavor. She makes frequent mention of the opportunities available, urging anyone who feels called to submit to God’s guidance and go. “There are multiple ways to serve,” she said. “We just need people to do it.” Several of the positions available through the BSU are GenSend, a North American Mission Board-sponsored program for college students; Mission Arlington, a mission in Arlington, Texas with a variety of service options; Nehemiah Teams, an International Mission Board-sponsored college program; and Gateway Church in Montana, a church plant with many Blue Mountain connections and numerous outreach programs.
Lauren Heath, a Christian Ministry major in her junior year, plans to spend her summer in Montana. She shared that the position is more of an internship than a typical summer missions position, and she is excited to take part in what this new church is doing in their community. She will take part in street evangelism and outreach while also interning at the church’s headquarters. Though she admitted that things will be a bit different because of COVID, she is eager to see what God will accomplish in her life through this mission trip.
Several missions opportunities exist in Mississippi, as well. Camps such as Garaywa and Central Hills are in need of staff members, and multiple churches are seeking students to help with their summer activities. As the BSU frequently affirms, missions can be done anywhere if someone is willing to look. Lauren encouraged, “Don’t be so stuck in your comfort zone that you miss an opportunity for God to show you something new.” Things are certainly more difficult because of continuing COVID concerns, but we serve a mighty God Who is not fazed by anything we see as a hardship. “I really believe that God has something for people to do,” Ms. Tracy asserted. “I hope people will step out and do it.”