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BPC Mission Trips Find God In Midst of Failed Plans

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The 2014 Spring Break Mission Trip team poses for a group shot. Even though plans began to fall through, the team continued to seek out opportunities for God to use them.

By Lauren Moye

BPC Staffwriter

MOUNT VERNON— “No two mission trips are the same,” said Lauren Youmans, campus minister of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry chapter of Brewton-Parker College. As a woman who has been out-of-the country multiple times on mission trips, she would know. However, the Spring Break BCM mission trip defied all expectations. “God reminded me that He’s in control and we’re not,” Youmans continued, “He’s going to do what He wants to do.”

Initially, the March 16-21 mission trip to north Georgia started out well as the group helped organize donations to a regional crisis center. By Wednesday, they were running out of tasks to do. “After finishing our work earlier than expected, we trusted the Holy Spirit to show us where we needed to be next and who we needed to minister to,” Youmans stated. Their trust was not misplaced.

On Wednesday, the group was introduced to a man Youmans described as a local missionary who teaches English as a second language at a local college. “This man has spent a lot of time in Honduras and Nicaragua,” she said. “He insisted on meeting us. He asked if I had any students with an interest in Asian culture.” Under the condition that Youmans tagged along, Elizabeth Mathews and Leah Miller went with him to meet a Cambodian woman named Eng.

Miller shared her part of the story, “Beth and I got selected to go talk with Eng. She’s not from here, she’s learning English. She was trying to get a job and didn’t know a lot of people her age.” If the missionary invited Eng to anything, she would refuse. Still, during their conversation the group was able to secure an invitation to work at her house the next day. “We were able to talk to her,” Miller said, “And Lauren [Youmans] was able to go inside her house and minister to her. That was cool.”

Youmans said, “It was cold, wet, everybody getting sick/sinus infection. The team did such a good job of keeping their eyes focused on the goal of creating chances with this lady. At some point, I went inside to use her restroom, and as I was coming out she stopped me in the hallway and began to show me pictures of her son.”

Youmans asked her if she would like to talk. “She allowed me to speak about my faith where the day before she would shut down a little bit. In her home, in her comfort zone, whenever I mentioned my faith she didn’t shut down.” Exchanging personal details allowed Youmans and Eng to form a bond together. Before they left, the mission team prayed for Eng and her family, especially for a job to open up for Eng to be able to provide. “Even after we left,” Youmans shared, “She started calling her teacher and thanking him for bringing us out there. He called us and said, ‘I’m not sure what all you guys talked about, but I think you really peaked her interest and sparked something inside of her.’”

Through unpacking banana boxes of donations, prayer-walking, and spontaneous testimony-giving, the 2014 Spring Break mission team came back changed. They possess a new understanding of how God uses His followers. Heather Kent shared this when asked what lessons God taught her on the trip, “Just be open and willing for whatever comes along. Even though things don’t work out like they’re supposed to, just be willing to move along with the change.”

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Heather Kent poses in the middle of banana boxes. During the trip, the team helped unpack donations sent in these boxes to a North Georgia crisis center. (photos provided by Lauren Youmans)

Miller agreed “Even the smallest things, even if you don’t understand what they’re doing, they add up to something and He uses them for His will. You’ve just got to be flexible and willing to do it.”

Nine Brewton-Parker affiliated individuals participated on the Spring Break Mission Trip: Ross Jenkins, Leah Miller, Elizabeth Mathews, Heather Kent, Dustin Knowles, Cole Mitchell, Jake Bleckley, Gina Anderson, and Lauren Youmans.

 

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 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges 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.
 
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April 7, 2014 9:25 AM