Thanks so much for praying for us during the College Mission Trip to Pensacola. The week was a huge success. From church construction to campus ministry, the college students served people in the Pensacola area and Christ was exalted.
You’ve already heard a lot about what happened, but I have just a few closing observations:
1. The construction team did amazing work on Highland Baptist Church’s (Molino) building that will help them reach their community. Their hard work inspired the church to think outside the box about what they could do with their space. They completed projects that will make the building more attractive to guests like restaining doors, painting walls, and landscaping. The drywall projects also created extra space in the building for storage and made the youth room more functional.
2. The community ministry teams helped the BCM on the campus of the University of West Florida connect with hundreds of lost students. By doing relational evangelism on campus, and inviting students to the BCM for a free fish fry, this team energized the BCM and helped them focus on reaching out to students outside their sphere of influence. The fish fry alone brought in nearly three times as many students as normal! This team also served a local needs-based ministry by helping in their non-profit thrift store.
3. The worship team and students who preached at Highland Baptist (Molino) and East Hills Baptist (Pensacola) really energized and encouraged both churches. The worship team led worship for both contemporary and traditional services at Highland on Sunday morning. Chris Craighead and Stephen Taylor preached. Students then sat in on almost every Sunday school class they had that day. By the end of the morning, the church was abuzz with new ideas about how they could reach their community. That night, the worship team led the service at East Hills, and Nate Stowell preached.The Holy Spirit moved in a mighty way, and in response to the preaching and service of the team, at least a dozen members came down to the altar to recommit themselves to reaching their community. It was an amazing thing to watch!
Overall, the trip was a huge success. Christ was lifted up in song, word, and deed. But don’t just take my word for it. Ask some of the students or sponsors (Woodie Cooper, Byron Williams, Jackie and Glenda Robbins, Colby and Desiree Knight, Gervais Norsworthy, Charles Winstead, and Howard Whitlock) who were there!
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)
–John King, Missions Coordinator, Temple Baptist Church