Missionaries brought to campus

Last week, missionaries from all around the globe came to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor to share their stories with the student body.
The Baptist Student Ministry hosted Missions Emphasis Week, a time for students to learn about mission work across the world and how they can get involved.
The theme of the week was ‘Live Sent,’ serving as a reminder that God calls his children to share His Word with others.
Special focus seminars, each led by a person in the mission field, were held throughout the week.
Some topics included how to discern your calling, the living situations for missionaries across the world, the different types of missions, and what missionaries can encounter in the field.
The missionaries were also able to share their stories to individual classes, as well as at chapel, at ONE and the ONE After Party.
A large portion of the student body had the opportunity to hear a missionary experience during chapel on Wednesday.
After the students participated in worship, the Executive Director of UK-USA Ministries, Mike Taylor, shared his story. He began with the statement, ‘God loves go,’ and supported it by reading from Matthew 9:35-38.
Taylor asked students to look for opportunities around them and to listen to what God is trying to say. Although he works to bring the Gospel to the United Kingdom, he left students with the encouraging word that serving God does not have to be worldwide, but can be right here on this campus.
“He is calling you. He is calling me to engage with the culture around us,” Taylor said. “There’s no time like this time to be sent by God.”
The BSM also hosted a number of special events throughout the week.
A Prayer Room was open every day for students and faculty and a mission fair was set up all week in Bawcom Student Union.
On both Tuesday and Thursday, a girls night was held in Burt and a guys night was held at the BSM.
At the missions fair in Bawcom, students could learn all about how to get involved with the local and global community. The missionaries that participated worked in many different countries including Africa, Asia and Europe.
Kelly Curry, founder and director of Foundation in Christ Ministries, leads a mission program in Galway, Ireland that reaches out to students in the community.
The ministry has a few different outreaches they lead, a local Christian coffee shop, a youth outreach and a counseling center.
At his mission’s display table adorned with shamrocks and a large Irish Flag, Curry shared all about his work in Ireland, including why he created it.
“We started 22 years ago. I had been an Atheist… I used to debate Christians,” Curry said. “When I came to faith, because of the significance of the Gospel, the importance of people knowing it, it became overwhelming to me and from that, the Lord opened the door for us to go to Ireland and start a work from scratch…”
“So we moved to Galway and we started it for young people because when you’re young is when you form your belief system, and that is the time to put a deposit about the good news of Jesus in people’s lives so that they have the opportunity to call on it.
The ministry offers a semester abroad, where students can take classes online while working in Galway. Students can also work with them in a gap year program, or an after college experience.
“It is an opportunity to take a period of time out of your life to make faith the most important thing, to see how God might lead you…”
Representatives of non-profits also had tables at the fair that featured educational opportunities, working with orphans, and a mission mentorship program.
Also attending the fair was Jessica Richardson, the Director of Development for Hope Springs Water based in Athens, Texas.
The mission of the non-profit goes beyond providing clean water for deprived countries to villages in Central America and Africa.
It leads well-drilling projects, gives hygiene and menstruation hygiene education and helps improve sanitation. In America, the organization bottles and sells natural spring water and every cent of the profits are put towards these overseas projects.
Richardson’s job is to oversee education projects and to figure out how they can be improved.
She also helps people get involved in the organization and raise money.
“I have been to Ethiopia, Belize and Guatemala,” Richardson said. “Working with a small non-profit is really hard, so getting to go overseas and see the impact that you do is really great.
Getting to meet the people who benefit from your work and see how it changes their lives makes all of the long hard days’ worth it.”

Photo of MEW presenter Silvia Chavez of Camino Global gives her presentation to the photojournalism class in Heard on Oct. 16. Photo by Hunter King.

Author: Amy Lucas

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