This summer has been an incredible journey of seeing God move in and through our Junior High and High School students. It is amazing to see how they continue to be led into a deeper trust in His plan for their lives through the relationships and the activities that occur in summer programming through Youth Ministry. We, as a ministry, believe that relationships that are truly invested in and built over the summer, when there are many opportunities to spend time together, result in a desire to know more about Christ because they see the passion that we have for Christ and for them. This summer, the biggest impact for the students was Hume Lake Summer Camp and the Boston Mission Trip.
At Hume this year, both our Junior High and High School students were presented with the redemption story of God from creation to the cross. It was just what our students needed. To be able to sit and see the big picture of how God would save us from the fall of man was something that really spoke to our students. For three days the Hume speakers discussed sin. It felt heavy for the students to have to sit in their sin and the consequences of that sin for three nights, however, when Thursday came and they were presented with the final piece of God’s plan for redemption, many students were moved to life-changing decisions. There were a number of students who accepted the Lord for the first time and many more were moved to repent and make commitments before the Lord. It was moving to see how our adult leaders were able to pour into these students and cherish the moments of spiritual breakthrough. My personal prayer for the students, which I shared with them, was that wherever they were with God, that God would break open their hearts in that week. God definitely answers prayers. Our students left Hume this year more equipped than many other years before with a knowledge of what God had orchestrated for them and they left with an overwhelming sense of urgency for the Gospel. We could not have asked for a better week of growth through trial and joy with all 175 students.
Two weeks later, I embarked with 32 others, 26 students and 7 leaders, to go and partner with First Baptist Church in Sudbury, MA. The church was about twenty minutes outside of Boston, and the people of the church were welcoming and excited for our partnership. We decided to go serve in Boston on our mission trip this year because of the overwhelming need for Christ in New England. According to stats, only 1.9% of the population of New England would consider themselves fully committed to Christ. This was a completely different culture and view of God than our students are used to. So we headed to Boston with a sense of urgency to serve students at basketball clinics, serve widows in their homes, and reach people on the streets of Boston for Christ. Overall, the trip was the most impactful mission trip I had ever been a part of in my life and that mostly came from seeing our students thrive in their love for Christ and the people they were serving despite the circumstances. Our students, as they were attempting to have conversations with people on the streets of Boston to invite them to church services, were mocked, jeered, laughed at, and spoken down to. Our students witnessed that even homeless people were against anything we had to give them, even food, when they knew we represented a church. Our students were shocked in a good way. My fear was that this experience would cause them to be frustrated and upset. Instead, we got to witness as their hearts grew stronger for those people and they began to focus their prayers for the people who had ignored and ridiculed them. In addition, our students ran a basketball clinic, in which they were able to share the gospel with non-churched junior high students. Our students also painted houses, built new fences, weeded, dug trenches, and many other things to serve the people of Sudbury. Through the work, love, and conversations we got to have with the community helped to build relationships between First Baptist Sudbury and those people. We understood how important it was to point them back to the local church in which they could be fed. Coming home after a very long and exhausting week in which the average “go to bed time” was around 1:30am and the wake up time was 7:30am, our students brought back with them the wisdom and discernment from the Lord to continue to live in the mission field in their lives here. That is how God continues to move!
So one might ask why we go crazy in the summer and exhaust ourselves. Well, when you work with these passionate students and love them as your own children, how could you not? Please continue to pray for us as we seek to continue to grow in what God has called us to.
So one might ask why we go crazy in the summer and exhaust ourselves. Well, when you work with these passionate students and love them as your own children, how could you not?"
"We, as a ministry, believe that relationships that are truly invested in and built over the summer, when there are many opportunities to spend time together, result in a desire to know more about Christ..."
"Our students left Hume this year more equipped than many other years before with a knowledge of what God had orchestrated for them and they left with an overwhelming sense of urgency for the Gospel."
"Overall, the trip was the most impactful mission trip I had ever been a part of in my life and that mostly came from seeing our students thrive in their love for Christ and the people they were serving despite the circumstances."