University Celebrates What God Has Done Through Missions
North Greenville University used Monday, April 24 chapel service to highlight the importance of sending out missionaries to unreached people groups.
Unreached people groups are roughly defined as those who have never heard the gospel, but more specifically, never heard of Jesus Christ.
As a Christian institution, it is important that the university address the global needs as required in the Great Commission, where the Bible says in Matthew 28:19, to “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.”
According to statistics by the International Mission Board presented in chapel, approximately 80% of all missionaries go to places that are already churched, thus effectively not reaching the people groups that are in the greatest need of the Gospel.
NGU’s Director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement and Global Leadership Dr. Allen McWhite said that everyone bows before God’s heavenly throne one day and that the Gospel must be taken to all nations so that more people can bow before the Lord without fear.
McWhite introduced two NGU students who worked in the Middle East over the course of March’s spring break, where they noted that many preconceived notions regarding Islam and random breakouts of terror typically keep young Christians from sharing the word in that part of the world.
One student remarked that she “could consider these people as my family,” in reference to those that offered her housing while in the Middle East. Consequently, the students went on to say that the experience was eye-opening and that they will be traveling back to the Middle East to teach English for an additional six weeks over the summer.
NGU’s Director of Baptist Student Union Jody Jennings introduced another group he had taken to the war-ravaged nation of Uganda. He stated that his goal for the university is that everyone who goes to North Greenville ends up serving in a missionary capacity prior to graduation.
“It’s very personal,” one student said of their trip to Uganda. “You might be just saying hey to someone and end up talking to the person for 30 minutes.”
Glenna Halcom a four time missionary to Uganda, said that one of the most rewarding experiences for her was when, “we had gone to this small village to do street evangelism all day, but our translator made us keep going,” despite the drowsiness the day had brought on the student missionaries. Shortly after, however, the team was able to speak with a woman and lead her to Christ, showing that even when the human body is done, God might still be at work.
Closer to home, a group of football players traveled to New Orleans, LA, to share the gospel and their experiences with kids who lack much positive influence.
Dominique said, that prior to the trip, “All I knew about New Orleans was the bad. When I got there, I found a lot of people who loved Jesus.”
Another player remarked that, “We were told that we might be the only male figures in their [the students] lives,” and that the attention the kids gave as male figures was something the teachers very rarely received.
When asked what the best advice they could give to prospective missionaries looking to serve the Lord in some capacity, one player noted that, “You will make an impact.”
In closing, McWhite said “we pray for this school that seeks to be a lighthouse for Christ.” and “To those of you coming back, would you consider linking your hands and your hearts with us [in missions]?”
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