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There are many things we could be praying for this morning as our world deals with new challenges moment by moment from the new COVID-19. We ask that this morning you would pause and pray for our college students that are spread out across Texas and beyond right now continuing to pursue their educations virtually.
Continue to pray for the many BSM students, staff and churches that are on Spring Break Mission Trips or have just returned back home from these trips.
For the past month, 12 of our students have been going through Beach Reach Training. This training is supposed to help students be prepared to serve at South Padre Island this Spring Break, but it has become so much more.
The State Lead Team is a group of students from BSMs across Texas that display leadership skills and want to be involved at the state level.
One of the unique opportunities that we had this past semester was with the football and basketball teams.
Summer is an exciting time in the life of many BSM students as they travel across their communities, states, nation and world spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This video shows our director Mark Jones interviewing student leader and BGCT executive board student representative Jamie Richardson after our BSM spring prayer retreat several months ago. Her story with BSM begins as a freshman where she was intentionally reached out to by BSM students on her campus "table-ing."
Please come alongside us and pray for opportunities to engage with students just like Jose (Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yvf3clqFKR0) and challenge them to ask the question: Why do people believe in Jesus? What is this Christianity thing all about?
Over the past month and a half, the Lord has really convicted the students here and myself to get more involved with the crisis at the border. The massive influxes of immigrants are coming from many different situations
At Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), students from all over the world are gathered to earn their college education. For many years now, there has been no organized presence of workers on campus sharing the gospel and reaching these students for Christ.
One of the softball players asked me to be recognized as her faculty/staff representative at her game.
One of our staff members was sitting outside our BSM building praying for God to move on the campus. An Indian student named Kavi walked up to the building and started talking with our staff. Kavi said that he was an atheist but recently had a dream where he saw Jesus.
I met Rachel at an outreach table and she seemed to be interested in getting involved with our ministry (I assumed she was already a believer). When we met, it only took a few minutes to realize she had not given her life to Christ yet.
The BSM at UTRGV refurbished a food truck now referred to as "Global Blends" to provide new outreach opportunities for students and raise money for missions.
This story is one that many college students in Texas can relate to. Rebekah grew up in a Christian home until her whole family had a bad experience with church and turned away from God. In college, Rebekah met one of our BSM student leaders who invited her to our bible study every week for two years.
The numbers presented above are only a glimpse of how God has been working through our BSM students this past week. These represent only a few of the many places BSM students were sent and able to share the story of Jesus Christ with others and only a small glimpse of God working in and through the lives of college students across the world.
This week, students are traveling across Texas and beyond to share the hope we have in Jesus Christ. We can't wait to share the many stories of student's lives being changed and encounters they have had sharing the gospel.
I made a new friend who is Muslim and attends our large group Bible study out of curiosity about what we believe. As I was talking to her one day, she explained that she reads the Bible and attends our Bible study to get more information about Jesus. She said she does not know if she is ready to believe in Him yet
Over the last few years, our leadership team culture has been quite the "huddled" community. Our students would show up to events mostly for the social benefit and were rarely willing to step out and share their faith.
I began asking the Lord for a culture shift within our leadership team.