Students leading, growing through summer

Students leading, growing through summer

In locations around the globe and across the country, BBC&S students are taking advantage of time away from campus to travel, minister, and serve.

Working in churches, mission agencies, camps, and other organizations, students may leave for the summer but don't stop learning and growing.

BBC&STraveling to serve
Teams traveled across the globe to work with ministry leaders in countries ranging from Germany and South Africa to Ecuador. In theses settings, students learned through hands-on work with missionaries and nationals.

Amanda Sparkes, a sophomore Counseling major from Owen Sound, Ontario, went to South Africa with a team led by BBC&S Director of Alumni & Church Relations John Jackson.

"Going to South Africa was something the Lord really put on my heart," she said. "Sometimes we go to different countries and push our culture on them, which helps nothing. I wanted to go and see what God has been doing there already and if I could give someone a hand. I wanted to learn and find new ways to serve God."

Work done in South Africa included evangelism, sports ministry, teaching Sunday school, and holding a teen leadership camp.

Another team traveled to Ecuador. Led by BBC&S Professor and Lady Defenders Soccer Coach Dr. Chris Davis, their work included soccer clinics for children and teens, helping with vacation Bible school, and random acts of kindness.

Students also traveled to Germany and worked alongside missionary and BBC alumnae Kristi Walker (00) at Crossway International Church in Berlin. The team, led by Michelle Hammaker, spent time working with teens, leading children's church, and holding Bible studies.

"This is a way for us to encourage our BBC alumni working oversees," Michelle said. "This trip lights a fire for some students. It helps them realize they could be in full-time career ministry. Kristi helps them see how they fit and how their gifts can be used."

Learning and serving
The summer also provides opportunities for students to learn and gain experience through internships, employment, and even classwork

Many students are serving as counselors, staff, or leaders at camps and youth organizations across the United States. Some work as interns in positions related to their field of study, allowing them to serve while gaining valuable experience and skills they can apply after graduation.

For the students enrolled in the undergraduate course "Field Marine Biology and Ecology," seven days were spent in Belize. The trip allowed them to dive into a field course at Wee Wee Caye, an island off the Southern coast of Central America.

The trip fulfilled course requirements while providing some fun, sand, and snorkeling. Students explored marine ecosystems, kept a journal of their findings, and engaged in class discussions against an exotic island backdrop.

Back in the U.S., RiSE, a BBC traveling worship team, is serving and singing in churches, camps, and conferences in Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

The six members of BBC Summer Crew remain on campus for the entire summer, assisting with a variety of projects that range from cleaning residence halls to serving as counselors for youth camps. Other students return to campus and assist as counselors for camps that include Defender Sports Camps, Teen Leadership Conference, and LAUNCH.

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 serve with excellence as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

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Posted on: 6/5/2014 10:00:01 AM

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