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BCM Mission Group Shares Their Experiences

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Students from two different BCM’s, Brewton-Parker College and Georgia State University, joined together for a Spring Break mission trip in Savannah.

By Lauren Moye

BPC Staff Writer

MOUNT VERNON—A small group of students lived by Brewton-Parker’s motto over their Spring break: Honoring Christ. Inspiring Excellence. During March 16-20, three students and Lauren Youmans, director of BPC’s Baptist Collegiate Ministries, joined up with Georgia State University’s BCM for a mission trip in Savannah, where they stayed at the Bull Street Baptist Church collegiate building.

“We spent Sunday trying to get to know the Georgia State students,” Youmans said. The group attended church, before going to Tybee Island for a little bit of fun. “One of the neatest things [about the mission trip] is how quickly we connected with the Georgia State team,” Youmans stated, “They were there to selflessly serve. We were there to selflessly serve. There was an instant connection because we all felt that bond.”

Freshman Travis Rodgers was quick to agree, “That was my favorite part. I love connecting with people; keeping those relationships through Facebook or texting are my favorite things. How quickly the groups connected shows how God is the same no matter where you are, no matter which school you’re at.”

On Monday, March 18, the real work began. The group split up to organize rooms in the collegiate building so that more effective ministry could be done in those rooms. There were five different areas that needed to be cleaned and organized and the group did everything from scrubbing toilets to cleaning washers. Even with the inconvenience of only having one vacuum cleaner in the entire building, the group still finished cleaning the building in half the scheduled time. With some extra free time, the group split up to different parts of the city.

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Three of Brewton-Parker’s students work on stuffing envelopes for the Old Savannah Mission ministry on Tuesday, March 19. These students also organized clothes and served lunch. (Photos Provided)

 

Youmans stayed behind at the collegiate building. She said, “The door locked each time somebody went out, so I volunteered to stay so that I could let people back in.” According to Youmans, that didn’t stop God from providing her an opportunity to witness. “I was more or less alone in Savannah,” she said, “And there was a homeless man sleeping right beside the building. So I was like, God is this a dangerous situation or is this an opportunity? I took it as an opportunity.”

Youmans sat outside the building that afternoon talking to the homeless man. “Eventually I flat out asked him, has anyone shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with you?” she shared, “He sat up, lifted his hat up and told me, ‘Yeah, but you can tell me again if you would like.’” When the rest of the group returned, they found Youmans still sitting with the man and sharing with him about Jesus Christ.

On Tuesday, March 19, the group went to help at the Old Savannah Mission. There they sorted through a mountain of clothes to decide what went into the Old Savannah Mission store, what went to the people in the program, and what was to be trashed. During the process, the group found all manners of interesting clothes, both good and bad: diapers, lingerie, a leopard dress, and a leather jacket in fairly good condition. They also served lunch to those in the Old Savannah Mission program, and helped out by stuffing envelopes.

“We may not have been able to sit and have conversations with people, but I think our presence helped encourage those who will remain a part of the ministry,” Youmans stated.

Mia Anderson, also a freshman on the trip, said, “My favorite part was serving people and getting the opportunity to show them who Jesus Christ is.”

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Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college south of Macon and north of Jacksonville, FL. The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.

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The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
 
Brewton-Parker College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College.
 
Updated on: April 9, 2013 8:59 AM