CITY OF JEFFERSON –From Super Summer and disaster relief to Vacation Bible School and refugee ministry, Missouri Baptist Collegiate Missionaries are serving in a variety of ways across the state this summer.

Some collegiate missionaries have served as leaders at Super Summers held at Hannibal-LaGrange University and/or Southwestern Baptist University.

“It’s great fun to interact with children at all levels. We had yard games where we laughed together, we cried together, we got into the Word together,” said Kyra Johnson, who will enter her senior year at HLGU this fall from the HLGU Super Summer.

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Disaster Relief Collegiate interns Sarah Werner and Sharadyn Eldridge cut a plank of wood for a construction project this summer. (Missouri RD photo)

“You get to know the students and talk about the Bible and have other discussions,” said Lauren Reams, a recent graduate of Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

“It’s an opportunity to have an impact and spill over to them. To a large extent we have been invested in by the leadership and the big group,” said SBU senior Brian Purkple.

Burkple and Reams attended a previous Super Summer, but it was Johnson’s first time.

“Children are so on fire for Christ. The mind moves so freely. Our executives and MBC have done an incredible job of preparing us,” Johnson said.

“I love the teaching aspect and talking with other people my age. I haven’t always had that at home,” Reams said.

Burkple became interested in Super Summer after seeing the lives of two friends changed.

“Super Summer does a good job preparing you as much as possible, but that’s up to you with God.

Johnson is personally challenged to continue the work at HLGU.

“This is my home campus. This is my mission field. It’s so intentionally pious. I have to take her to campus for the rest of the school year.

Other middle schoolers worked on disaster relief projects this summer, including flood relief in Sedalia and chainsaw response after a tornado in Buckner.

“We focus on spiritual development, disaster relief and leadership training. We train in all aspects of Disaster Relief,” said Aaron Warner, the Collegiate DR team leader.

Warner said the college team also had the opportunity in North Carolina to help rebuild a church.

“When they have downtime, they have projects around the Jefferson City Readiness Center, where the vehicles are stored. We have a diverse group from three other states. Some are trained in emergency management, others simply want to serve God. All are there to help you. I’m proud of all of them,” Warner said.

Iowa native Connor Stone will begin his freshman year in the northwest state of Missouri. He served this summer at First Baptist, Maryville.

“I do whatever they need me to do. A lot of the attention has been to help with local outreach,” Stone said.

Stone has also helped with Super Summer events, will help with an Association Camp in August and likely an Association Vacation Bible School event. He also works with young people.

“I got involved in Lighthouse Ministries in college. My heart (cry) was to be involved in a local church. Wherever they need service, that’s what I’ll do,” Stone said.

Garrett Schick is a recent graduate of Pittsburgh State University (Kansas). In a secular job after graduation, he became aware of sin in the world and returned to Carl Junction to mentor future missionary service.

His mentor pastor is Brent Simmons and they study the head, heart and hands of missionary service – the head being knowledge and clarifying its call to missions; the heart being pastoral ministry and the hands being the practical element of service, whether door to door, in a nursing home or among refugees.

“As a missionary, I don’t want to wait to evangelize when I am abroad. I’m excited to continue this summer,” Schick said.

As he envisions ministry in Asian communities and the “pipeline” has begun for IMB companion service, he foresees short-term domestic mission opportunities.

“I will go where God wants me to go,” he said.

Half a dozen college missionaries are among nine interns serving in refugee ministry in the Kansas City area. (See story, page 10.)

“The Lord’s use of summer interns has enabled us to quadruple (the work for) being among businesses. One simple thing they do is help organize a block party for residents of an apartment complex with 50% Somali refugees,” said Joseph Williams, director of cross-cultural ministries at Central Baptist in Kansas City. .

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