College/Missions Ministry - May 2018

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

There are some people who argue that short-term missions are a waste of resources and/or does more harm than good. I would argue against those, and offer this rebuttal. When asked, “Why should we be a church family who supports and sends out short-term mission teams?” I will answer with the following (which is not exhaustive):

  1. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS TEACH US TO PRAY. When you’re faithfully serving God, He puts you into situations that cause you to have to rely more heavily on him. You learn to pray – really pray – in the mission field.
  2. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS EXPOSE US TO GOD’S KINGDOM. There is another reality – a spiritual reality – that we Americans and “westerners” know so very little about. We’re taught to dismiss it, to rationalize it, to explain it away. When you step into an area of the world where the poorest of the poor live, where witchcraft, sorcery, and ancestry worship are practiced, where there is a tremendous physical need and spiritual hunger, you will meet this reality.
  3. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS AID THE EFFORTS OF LONG-TERM MISSIONARIES AND MINISTRIES. “Many hands make light work.” – John Heywood. Often times encouragement and help with an overwhelming task can be one of the ways short-term trips can be a benefit to those on the field long-term.
  4. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS STRETCH US AND GET US OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONE. It is a great opportunity to step out of your own environment and experience God at work in other cultures and contexts. It is the perfect recipe for a life changing experience.
  5. SHORT TERM MISSIONARIES OFTEN MAKE GOOD LONG-TERM MISSIONARIES! It’s amazing how the Lord will speak while we are “focused” and in a place of serving Him already.
  6. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS ARE A PERFECT TIME TO “BE HIS WITNESSES” WHILE AWAY FROM RUSTON.
  7. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS BUILD DEEPER RELATIONSHIPS WITH MEMBERS OF THE TEAM. Traveling together, rooming together, and serving together in a “different place” will build bonds of friendships that will last you the rest of your life.

Thank you for being a church family who supports missions, not only by going on trips (we’ve got teams headed to New Mexico, Portland, Alaska and South Carolina this summer), but also through prayer support and financial support (Lottie Moon Christmas Offering assists International Missions….Annie Armstrong Easter Offering helps North American missions…..and the Georgia Barnette offering in autumn helps support state missions here in Louisiana). We must be a church who focuses outward…..how can we love, serve, and reach our local campuses? How can we love, serve, and reach our community of Ruston and surrounding areas? How can we be part of taking the Gospel to an UUPG (Unreached, Unengaged People Group)? Both the IMB ( www.imb.org ) and NAMB ( www.namb.net ) offer great resources!

We are so thankful for our church family! We have many college students who have been invited into homes, eaten meals, sought advice and wisdom from you….and will always remember how you invested in their lives!

If there’s anything we can do better in college ministry, or you have an idea for reaching our local campuses (Tech, Grambling, and Delta CC) with the Gospel, please let us know!

“May the Lord bless you and keep you….” Numbers 6:24-26

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah, and Aaron Walker

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