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7 Reasons to Give to the Student Ministry Missions Fundraiser

This Sunday, May 27th, we are having our annual student ministry fundraiser at the beginning of our service. Here are 7 reasons to give to the student ministry missions fundraiser.

“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 they 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 $1300 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 it will also help pay for transportation rental for the group as a whole.

3. You’ll be putting your money where the gospel is being furthered
Grace 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
Christianity is not the dominate belief on the reservation, however, there are some faithful, dedicated Christians who are doing some serious kingdom work. Our brothers and sisters in the faith are boldly proclaiming the gospel all year round . 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 GRACE BIBLE
In my experience as a youth leader, 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 plays such a critical role in furthering their growth as a Christian. 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 seen 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.

Recap of Last Wednesday Night Gathering

This week, we held our last Wednesday night youth gathering of the 2016-2017 school year. It was most definitely a bittersweet time. As a sending ministry, we have the privilege of sending our long time students off into their next season of the life. Selfishly, I hate losing them. However, God has bigger plans in store for them. Their boldness for the gospel will be a light pointing the rest of the world to the good news of Jesus Christ for many years to come.

We were also filled with overwhelming joy as we celebrated all the blessings from this past season of ministry. From our "Wisdom" series back in August to our "Essentials" series in May, God has continued to wreck shop in the hearts of our students and leaders alike. God is doing a great work in GBF Student Ministry!

Video Lip-Sync Battle Awards:
Last night, we also unveiled the highly anticipated lip-sync videos. The 9-10th grade boys took home the championship! Below is their video! You can click here or go to the the Videos & Pictures page to view the other videos from the night.

VLSB 9th & 10th Guys - 1st place from Jason Carney on Vimeo.

Staying Connected:
To help stay updated on the events of GBF Student Ministry, please text the keyword "Students" to (903)-462-4050. You will receive schedule updates for events and Bible studies. We will send no more than two messages a week. You can also stay connected by following us on Twitter @GBFStudents and on Instagram @gbf_students.

Reminder about upcoming events:
This Sunday (May 28th), we will have "Senior Sunday". The following Sunday (June 4th), we will have our "Student Ministry Missions Fundraiser". Please come and support our graduating seniors and our student ministry!

Additionally, during the summer our weekly youth gatherings will be moved to Sunday nights beginning on June 4th. We will be going through our new series "Summer of Psalms"! Students, bring your Bible and friends!

Senior Sunday - May 28th!!!

On May 28th, we will have Senior Sunday! This will take place during the announcement segment of our Sunday service which begins at 10:45am. Please come and support our seniors!

The Video Lip-Sync Battle Has Begun!

Last night during youth, we began our Video Lip Sync Battle! Students and leaders dispersed all over town to create their epic videos, and they definitely went all out. You gotta love a group of students who are never afraid to have fun! We'll reveal the final videos next Wednesday night from 6:30-7:45! We'll have pizza, drinks, and a short message! Bring your Bible and friends!

Knockerball and Jesus

Last weekend GBF Student Ministry held a Breakaway Weekend at Straight Arrow Camps off of Lake Texoma. Our verses for Breakaway are 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, we had an incredible amount of fun. Whether we were dropping eggs off a balcony or getting flipped upside-down in knockerball, our students were having a blast and not apologizing for it. As the day went on, insecurities vanished and we grew closer to one another than we had been in a while. For many of us, it was the first time we were finally able to cut loose and be ourselves among our brothers and sisters in Christ. No one was made to feel like the outcast of the group. 

The student’s relationships with their youth leaders were deepened. One of the most valuable commodities in student ministry is face time with students. At Breakaway, there is wealth of time and conversations flourish. 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 who they are. 

The gospel of Jesus Christ was proclaimed. Our guest speaker, Arch McIntosh, shared the life-changing truth: The sacrifice of Christ was/is sufficient. Our students left knowing that, in Christ, they are no longer slaves to fear. They are no longer defined by the sins of their past. They are no longer slaves to the expectations of the world. Rather, the truest part of who they are rests solely on what Jesus did for them. In Christ, they are free to live this life for more than this world has to offer. Jesus is all.

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.