The first item on his holiday wish list is a heavy winter coat. Freshman communications major Michael Singleton needs to be warm when he meets with his mission leader in Moscow this winter break.
Singleton is one of at least two freshmen using the Christmas vacation to serve others. He will be traveling throughout Transnistria and delivering new boots to orphans.
Frost bite is a major problem in the Moldovan region, and the missionaries will personally take off the children’s old worn out boots and replacing them with new ones .
Singleton has been involved in missions before. He did several trips around the U.S. and spent last spring break in Belize. During each of the trips, he
ministered to people less fortunate.
“On all the trips, I worked with the homeless and orphans,” he said. “God has really laid people in poverty on my heart.”
Singleton is ready to experience Easter Europe as a part of Go Now missions.
“I’m excited about seeing a different culture,” he said. “It’s part of the world that is completely opposite to what I know.”
Freshman nursing major Ben Baecker will be in a foreign country as well. He is going to Nicaragua with Go Now Extreme Remote Team.
His group will take four wheelers out of the main town for about eight hours and then begin backpacking. Pairs will go to homes and present the residents with a Bible and spend time talking to them. Each night they will show the Jesus film and encourage people they visit to attend.
Baecker plans on using his nursing degree for missions, but he did not know he would be starting so soon.
“I wanted to do missions and sacrifice it all for Him,” he said. “I saw the list
of missions in the SUB and I wasn’t expecting to get it that quick but it all worked out.”
Unlike Singleton, he has no mission experience.
Sophomore Christian studies major Percy Hudson knows him well after being his resident assistant.
“He knows that he doesn’t know everything about the Bible or ministry,
but he is ready to go wherever God is ready to send him,” Hudson said. “He
is very willing to learn.”
Until they leave, the missionaries will be preparing spiritually and mentally for the mission. Each received material from Go Now to assist in their development. Baecker will also be accompanied on his trip by another student, senior social work major Erika Jenkins.
“She is taking defense classes and can protect me,” Baecker said with a smile broadening across his face.
Singleton has spent several Christmas vacations on missions, and Baecker is ready to give his up as well. Baecker thinks freshman year is one of the best times for missions because internships and other pressures have not yet begun.
“I think it’s good to go ahead and jump in before too much gets started,” he said.
He also stressed the need to focus on God throughout the whole process.
“You need Him to go through this. Not just going to do it, but realizing how you need to prepare for it,” he said. “Anything is possible with him if you’re ready and he thinks you’re ready.”