August 28th, 2013 at 8:00 am
At Texas A&M University-Kingsville, our BSM has been blessed with close relationships between our staff and the University’s personnel responsible for all freshman orientations, welcome week and student affairs. Because of this friendship, we have been given the opportunity to serve the incoming freshman week after week while they are in town for two days going through orientation.
Each night that we are at freshman orientation, we have the privilege of serving snow cones, ice cream or coke floats to 100-200 students, and we are the only student organization to do so.
With this, we are able to connect with many students and establish relationships that will carry over into the fall semester.
During one of the orientations, I met Edward. Edward is the youngest brother of one of our student leaders. He is the typical freshman that you would expect to meet, goes with the flow, doesn’t care to be at the orientation but was down to get a free snow cone.
His sister warned, “He doesn’t really believe in God, he says its all stupid”.
As he got his snow cone, we talked about college, what to expect, what to look out for and I shared my college experience and how it all drastically changed when Christ got a hold of me.
He was quite intrigued by my story of my faith in Christ and how he used the BSM and the community we had to reach me and heal me of my past. What was supposed to be a two-day orientation turned into a two-week stay in Kingsville with his sister.
Throughout the two weeks he was here, he was involved. He helped with our next freshman orientation, showed up to bible study, prayed with us and even went to church. In this short time, Edward, who is not a believer, was serving with us, showing up to VBS to help the kids and was asking questions of faith.
Through this time, he was also telling his friends who were at freshman orientation to stop by the BSM booth during the organization fair to get to know some of the “BSM Bro’s”, and they did. Because of him sharing what he experienced, we were able to have lunch and even catch a movie with four of his friends.
Although Edward did not give his life to Christ in these few weeks, he loved the community he became a part of and is asking questions about attending FOCUS with us during the fall and looking forward to the student services we host weekly.
This summer has shown me as a CMI, that now more than ever, we should engage, connect, and share Christ. Meeting the needs of our incoming students has been at the forefront of what we do, and God is proving to be faithful as we continue to seek his guidance for the upcoming semester.
By Israel Mendez, Go Now Missions Campus Ministry Intern at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
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SIBASA, South Africa – “I believe that when biblical principles are put into practice then the biblical results can be expected,” said Joe Fields, pastor of New Beginnings Church in Lewisville. “We are mandated by Christ to go and make disciples; if we do our part, Christ is faithful to do His part.”
In February 2013, Fields and his congregation at New Beginnings Church were blessed to partake in a mission trip to Sibasa, South Africa. During their stay, they were able to evangelize to all walks of society; senior citizens, youth and children encountered the love of Christ and Field’s team shared about salvation with all.
“We walked the same roads every day and we made it a point to talk to everyone that we saw and let them hear the word of Christ,” said Adrianne Blue, member of New Beginnings Church.
The Lord allowed Fields and his team the true blessing of seeing 6,080 people accept Christ by grace and faith while in South Africa.
“It was an experience that I shall never forget and one that I wish every believer could experience,” said Fields. “To be able to see heaven enlarged right before your eyes is an incredible experience.”
An ordinary day on the trip consisted of a daily devotional and breakfast, and by 8:00 a.m. they were hitting the road headed from village to village, in schools and markets, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“It was a rewarding experience to have encounters with so many different people not only telling them about Jesus, but also teaching them how to evangelize,” said Blue.
They stayed in the field until noon every day, at which time they broke for lunch and prayer, but once the last bite was eaten, the team was back in the field winning more souls for the kingdom. Come evening time, the group would host a worship service where the locals could come and experience how to worship Christ. Charlie Singleton, director of African American Ministries, brought the message during the commissioning services and participated in the sending forth ceremonies each night.
The group arrived at a home in the village and knocked on the door. The mother answered the door and welcomed them into her home. Once Fields told her that they were there to share the gospel, she immediately began to outwardly display a feeling of great delight and relief.
“It was as if they had been waiting for someone to come and share the gospel with them,” said Fields.
The mother asked the group if they would wait while she went to get her husband and daughter so they could hear the good news as well. When she returned, she had her entire family with her and they received the gospel with great joy. After Joe prayed the prayer of salvation, the daughter, who was carrying her infant daughter in her arms, asked if the team would pray for her baby to be healed from sickness, so they did. Later that night at the revival meeting, the family was seen rejoicing after becoming disciples of Christ.
“I will forever be thankful to God for allowing me to personally experience such an awesome event,” said Fields.
Since the trip, New Beginnings Church in Lewisville has a new excitement running through its congregation; they are more eager to win their local community with the same biblical methods of sharing the gospel they were able to use abroad.
JUAREZ, Mexico – In 2013, Phil Miller, director of Bible Study/Discipleship, and Daniel Rangel, director of River Ministry and Mexico Missions, traveled to Juarez, Mexico, to bring attention to the growing need in the churches to receive training on teaching and sharing the gospel with others. The main focus of the training was how to have an evangelistic Sunday School. Full Story »
DALLAS – During their Feb. 25 meeting, the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board voted to adopt Engage24, challenging every Texas Baptist to share the gospel with at least one person on Oct. 14, 2014. Full Story »