9/1/2009 - Summer Missions: Students find purpose
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Several Judson students served as summer missionaries this year in various parts of Alabama, the United States and Africa. At least eight young women sacrificed their summers to serve the Lord, although all of them say working as summer missionaries was no sacrifice at all.
There is no one single job description for summer missionaries since the students did laundry, worked on construction projects, taught in many Vacation Bible Schools, worked in various community service projects, conducted daily Backyard Bible Clubs and many, many more activities.
"I enjoyed most about this summer was helping others improve their walk with God while I improved mine" said Ryan Dowling of Tuscaloosa who worked in New Orleans.
Dowling served at the Rachel Sims Baptist Mission in the city. She worked in daily teen clubs, Vacation Bible Schools, emergency food boxes, clothes ministry, backyard Bible clubs, and organized weekly groups and in other various disciplining and relationship building programs.
Christina Lee of Smiths interned at the Rockford Rescue Mission's women's addiction recovery program in Rockford Ill. There is no clear description of her job but she did whatever was required, including conducting room searches, facilitating a class and completing office tasks.
Bethany Rush of Thomasville and Audra Kennedy of Morris worked on the facilities staff at Shocco Springs Baptist Assembly in Talladega. They also made a trip to Jackson, Miss. to rebuild homes in a distressed community-a trip sponsored by the Shocco staff.
Hannah Tucker of Dallas-Selfville (Trussville area) worked in the inner city of Knoxville in a government housing community. She primarily worked with children but also distributed clothing and food to adult residents.
Elizabeth Tucker traveled through most of south-central Alaska working with various churches doing Vacation Bible Schools, block parties, camps and evangelical ministry at several festivals.
Amanda Nolander of Rainsville traveled to California and worked in Vacation Bible Schools at different churches each week.
Brooke Champ of Jefferson City, Mo. worked as a counselor at a youth camp in her native state.
Molly Beasley of Cottonwood spent a week in Mozambique doing home-to-home ministry and children's ministry.
These young women went to many different places, and their ministries were all very different but they all agree that summer missions is worth any sacrifice they gave.
Dowling said that she hopes to participate in summer missions again and would recommend it to other young women, too.
Several of Judson's summer missionaries were sponsored by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. The website, www.Answerthecall.net, is an excellent source of information about summer missions, and one can also apply for summer missions at this website.
"I would strongly encourage other young women to get involved in summer missions; it is an incredible learning experience and nothing quite equals it" Hannah Tucker said.
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