Students plug into a range of opportunities over summer

Students plug into a range of opportunities over summer

School is out and summer is in.

For Baptist Bible College students, this means everything from traveling overseas or helping with local churches to summer jobs or service as a teen counselor.

Adriel Douglass decided to try something new this summer. During the spring semester, he was all over campus with his camera as a photo-journalist for the campus newspaper, "The Anchor." This summer, he is a volunteer with Clarks Summit Fire Co.

Reaching out
Encouraged by Ken Morris, BBC's Director of Safety and Security, Adriel was prompted to pursue his interest in specialized law enforcement and public service. This summer's work is also an opportunity to reach out to others.

"I'm able to talk to others on a casual level and be a testimony," he said.

Not everyone is staying close to home. Andrew Filler spent only a few weeks with his family before travelling to China as an ESL teacher. Along with 18 others, Andrew will be teaching fourth- through sixth-grade students over five weeks.

"This is a great chance for us to experience a different culture, improve our teaching skills, and share the Gospel," he said. "It's particularly exciting because in many ways it will be how I will be doing ministry for the rest of my life: as part of my everyday job in the classroom."

Amanda Hinkle
Counseling others
Amanda Hinkle is in New York City on a missions trip. She will also work at her church's summer Bible school program and help moderate a biblical evangelism forum. As a Counseling major, she is excited.

"It has been a blessing and has really given me a hunger to biblically counsel people," she said.

Adria Packard, also a Counseling major, is working at a popular restaurant near campus and preparing for this summer's Teen Leadership Conferences. In her free time she is applying at BBC to pursue a master's degree in Counseling Ministries.

Learn more about Adria here

Cierra Byron is also a part of this year's TLC and the Big Blue camps. She also is working at a local CVS pharmacy.

"I'm super excited to see what God does in my life as well as the kids lives," she said.

Learn more about TLC at Learn more about Big Blue at

Naomi Melson
Building for the future
Naomi Melson is working as Administrative Assistant for Project Jerusalem, a church-planting program at Baptist Bible Seminary. She is also looking into further education overseas.

"I have been learning that God has a purpose for every stage of life we find ourselves in," she said. "I am confident that He is faithfully carrying out His will and accomplishing His work both in me and through me."

Learn more about Project Jerusalem here.

Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students go beyond the ordinary, learning to learn and serve with excellence as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

On-campus students return to start classes at BBC on Monday, August 23. Fall online classes also begin on August 23.

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Posted on: 7/7/2010 9:38:19 AM

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