7 Reasons to Give to the Student Ministry Missions Offering this Sunday at Grace Bible Fellowship

And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:15
A financial contribution towards the student ministry mission trip sends MISSIONARIES. When you give, you are PARTNERING with missionaries.

2. It’s needed
We have students who want to go and are making sacrifices to try to go, but are unable to come up with the funds. The cost of the trip is $250 per student. This covers their lodging, food, and part of the fuel to get there. The student ministry also rents three 15 passenger vans for just over $1500 per van. However, this is NOT covered by what the students pay to go. The money you give will help sponsor students who can’t afford the $250 and help pay for transportation rental for the group.

3. You’ll be putting your money where the gospel is being furthered
GBF Students will be conducting a VBS over the subject of God’s great Redemption of man. During VBS, we teach the holiness of God, the sinfulness of man, the sacrifice of Christ, and the right response. VBS also gives us an inroad to families to share the gospel and to allow them to become more familiar with and comfortable with God’s instrument, the local church.

4. You’re making an investment in the Navajo CHRISTIANS
I personally have become close with a young Navajo man named Santiago. It went from simply playing football, to exchanging gifts, to conducting an ongoing dialogue about school, to an ongoing dialogue about his faith. The past two years, his mom has shared with me how much of an encouragement it was for us to bring our young people out to spend time with her son. Our presence lets the Navajo Christians know that they are not alone in this faith.
“Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25

5. You’re investing in the lives of the STUDENTS OF GBF
In my experience as a youth leader and as the student ministry intern, I have found no greater tool to impact the lives of students than for them to GO on MISSION TRIPS for God. The community they build with each other and their leaders is huge. And we are never more like Christ than when we are serving others (Mark 10:45). Our students who GO will never be the same.

6. Giving money to send students helps our WHOLE CHURCH
For those who are unable to spend a week away from home, the fire that the students bring back and put into practice right here in our own community is of immeasurable significance.

7. This is the only fundraiser the student ministry will have this year
Rather than hitting up our church family for funds on several different occasions throughout the year, the student ministry only does ONE fundraiser per year and THIS IS IT. The effects of the contributions towards the student ministry mission trip can also be in the fall during our Wednesday night activities and other various student ministry events.

Please prayerfully consider how God would have you contribute. God bless.

Reminder: No Wednesday Night Activities

Just a quick reminder:: 
There will be NO Wednesday night activities this week (5/18). 
We will resume the following week (5/25). See yall then!

Breakaway Weekend Recap

This past weekend GBF Student Ministry held a Breakaway Weekend at Straight Arrow Camps off of Lake Texoma. Our verse for Breakaway is Hebrews 12:1-2. It says, “…let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” These weekends serve as a time for students to grow closer to God, to each other, and to their leaders in a setting that is fun for everyone involved. In short, it is a time for students to break away from the influences that discourage them as young Christians, and a time to be encouraged by the love of God, their leaders, and one another.

During our time this past weekend, I witnessed our students have an incredible amount of fun. Whether they were throwing water balloons or throwing Vienna Sausages, our students were having fun and not apologizing for it. I witnessed students grow closer in their relationships with other students. No student was made to feel like the outcast of the group. The student’s relationships with their youth leaders were deepened. Every student was able to walk away from that weekend knowing that someone else cares for the well-being of their soul. Not because they have some alternative motive, but because they genuinely care about them. Every student was also preached the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our pastor, Roy Layman, shared his testimony of what Christ had done and is continuing to do in his life. Our students left knowing the truth that there is no life greater than a life lived for Christ. Every other life this world has to offer will always fall short and leave you filing empty.

In GBF Student Ministry, we aim to always be gospel-centered, relational, and fun in everything that we do. This past weekend was no exception.