"For 'Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.' How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things'" -Romans 10:13-15
During Spring Break '19, the BSU partnered with Phelps Co. Bapt. Assoc.
to minister in Honduras. We helped at Casa David there. Casa David is "Ronald McDonald-style" housing for families of patients and outpatients at the Social Security hospital in Tegucigalpa.
Eight of us from the BSU and three from PCBA painted, sorted, cleaned, led devotions, led worship, ministered to children at the hospital and senior adults at a local senior center.
Something "got us" as almost everyone experienced "stomach-stuff" at some time during the trip. We still accomplished a bunch and experienced God in a whole new way as He opened His world to us!
International trips during S&T Spring Breaks are a challenge for students who are looking at projects due, tests, and jumping right back into classes as soon as we return. Then again, S&T BSU students are pretty amazing!
Warsaw, North Carolina
We headed to NC January 5-12, 2019. We were sure glad to have alumnus Charlie Patterson with us! Under his guidence, we mananged to completely strip old wiring from and rewire a 3-bedroom home in four days (the first day was trying to figure out how in the world we were going to do it!!
Even at that, we rewired that house, laid about 80% of the sub-floor and got to eat seafood and bbq at the beach when we got done on Friday!
In September of 2017, Hurricane Harvey devastated south Texas. At worship that week we posted a sign up sheet for volunteers to give up most of their Thanksgiving Break. 18 committed to go. Several got training and certification from Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief and we completed drywall installation on two homes, including taping and a first coat of "mud". Many thanks to alumnus Charlie Patterson for going, working, and driving!
We returned to Texas, January 5-12, 2018. This time to the Orange, Texas, area. Seven of us worked on three different homes, doing drywall installation, taping and mudding, and installing doors, a toilet and a shower unit. One homeowner rewarded us with homemade gumbo and Texas chili!
Nine from the Rolla BSU traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico, to work with IMB personnel there Spring Break 2016 . In order for our students to fully experience an international mission trip, a group of 13 returned in January 2017 (between semesters). These engineering and sciences students taught English to 7th-9th graders in a village school, did street evangelism, and hosted an evening English Corner Workshop. VIDEO
These trips provide valuable support for missionaries and expand the students' world and understanding of just how big God and His church are. They are also opportunities to make life-long friends with people who live thousands of miles away.
ST. PAT'S & SPRING BREAKS
For nearly 40 years St. Pat’s trips have included ministering at the Baptist Home in Arcadia Valley, Missouri. These retired folks just love the visits by our students. The TBH Newsletter featured our 2017 visit. We will likely include other shorter-drive missions opportunities in the future.
Spring Break Missions Trips included serving at a shelter in New Orleans for many years. Other trips in the U.S. will be available and we hope to make an international opportunity (like Oaxaca-see above) available at least once during a student’s time at S&T.
Throughout the years, God has used student missions to raise up future missionaries, pastors, and strong lay leaders. Students gain “front line” experience and make real kingdom impact. Summer Missions and Collegiate Disaster Relief Team assignments are for a minimum of 8 (max. of 15) weeks.
Rolla BSU students who are interest in participating in Student Summer Missions, contact Bruce at the BSU, Maddy Atwell (firstname.lastname@example.org), or David Hendrick (email@example.com) at the Missouri Baptist Convention.
Becoming an Engineer on Mission
The International Mission Board has a guide for engineering students who are considering working in missions while working as an engineer. Visit the IMB site at www.imbstudents.org for general information or click the graphic to the left to go directly to the Engineer on Mission guide book.