Students taking up a new model for missions

Friday, July 29, 2016
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

man praying at sunsetLifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention is launching a new event for students to participate in hands-on ministry within an urban context.

Beginning next summer, students will have an opportunity to take a six-day trip to places like Philadelphia, Atlanta, or Memphis to get involved in educational and missions experiences. 

Dave MacNeill of LifeWay Students tells OneNewsNow many Millennials and members of Generation Z are trending away from traditional mission trips. The new event - called Infusion - seeks to connect evangelism with meeting the needs of individuals, says MacNeill.

"Sex-trafficking, poverty, racism, homelessness, refugee ministry – we’re going in meeting the needs, but then really helping students understand that meeting those needs is excellent; but we want to go to the spiritual need and help share the gospel in those contexts," he explains.

MacNeill says they will be working with several ministries.

"We want to partner with ministries that are evangelistic but also really dive into getting their hands dirty and meeting those needs, like the Good Samaritan who got his hands messy and helped somebody out in order to meet a spiritual need," he says.

MacNeill believes Infusion can be a seminal event in the lives of participants.

"Students will be challenged through experiences designed to open their hearts toward the oppressed and marginalized,” MacNeill says. “They will witness these needs firsthand."

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