Inaugural Radiate event ignites passion for missions

Inaugural Radiate event ignites passion for missions

Nearly three dozen high school students participated in an intensive four-day conference at BBC focused on local outreach and cross-cultural ministries.

BBC&SThe inaugural "Radiate" event was a hands-on Wednesday evening to Sunday noon event held April 10-14. It mixed classroom instruction on teaching the Bible and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with daily off-campus opportunities to reach others.

Many students went home with an eager passion to further serve Jesus Christ where they are, with the conference influencing them to grow in their faith through missions.

"This was the most life changing thing because I finally found my true calling, missions," said Rebekah Eroh of Weatherly, PA. "I feel like God is calling me to that."

See pictures from the event here.

Training and Serving
The conference included daily training workshops sessions coupled with work with a range of ministries in the afternoon. The approach tied together experiences a small town, a mid-sized city, and a big city.

On the first full day, teams worked in nearby Wyoming County, PA with Osterhout Bible Church. This was followed by an afternoon serving with Restored Church in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and the following day with City View Baptist Church in Astoria, Queens, NY.

The local outreach and missions-focused opportunities connected deeply with some participants.

"We think we have to go overseas but we can do so much here and now," said Sara Villa of Buffalo, NY.

BBC&SSpeakers included:
- Mel Walker, BBC&S Vice President for Enrollment & External Relations, a youth ministry specialist, and founder of Vision for Youth.
- John Jackson, BBC Missions Department Chair, a veteran missionary and youth worker.
- Jason Jackson, a veteran youth pastor and experienced leader of youth missions trips.

Students in attendance could earn college credit for their participation. To learn more about the experience, call 570.585.9361 or email

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.

To learn more, go to or call 570.586.2400.

Posted on: 4/16/2013 4:14:07 PM

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