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Summer missionaries begin with orientation
By Lainee Pegelow
At the end of May, high school and college students from around Arizona and the U.S. came together for three days of orientation to begin their time of serving with Arizona summer missions. Orientation, held at the Christian Challenge building at Arizona State University, is designed to help these men and women prepare for their summer of service.
Here in Arizona, we are very fortunate to have such a wealth of ministry experience and knowledge to pull from for an event like this. Summer missionaries serve in many different capacities from church planting and VBS to serving those in need. With such a diversity in ministry opportunities, it is invaluable to have Arizona Southern Baptists who are currently "doing" these ministries come and share with these young men and women.
For several years now, students have returned for more than one summer to serve alongside us. Over the past decade, several of the summer missionaries have, in fact, begun their ministry journey with Arizona as teenagers and then gone on to serve as collegiate summer missionaries. Many of these students are from right here in Arizona. They catch a vision for evangelism and kingdom growth in their own backyard.
An addition to our summer missions line up this year was a team specifically designed to do church planting. This team will spend its time with various church plants, learning about the planting process, how the day-to-day life of a church planter looks, and helping promote and execute the activities these new churches are engaged in to reach their communities for Christ.
"While serving at a VBS in River Valley Baptist Association, it was amazing and great to see God at work," shared Timothy Riggs.
Damicia Neal, another member of this team said, "They presented us all with certificates for helping them with their VBS. It was great experience to serve at Iglesia Bautista De Blythe. I've learned so much."
This, Arizona is hosting 13 summer missionaries from across the southeastern U.S., California and Arizona. These men and women are serving their Lord well and are truly contributing to the kingdom.
Summer missions is a partnership between the North American Mission Board, Arizona Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Collegiate Ministry and local churches. If you would like more information on summer missions, please email Lainee Pegelow at firstname.lastname@example.org.