It wasn’t your typical mission trip, but what a great idea! Last month Cornerstone Christian School bused all of their high school students to Colorado Springs. The 48 students and 12 adults spent the next few days visiting four different mission agencies. One Challenge had the privilege of hosting the group for a day. In groups of 20 they rotated through the US-Mobilization Center getting a taste of cross-cultural ministry.
Refugees and Short-term ministry
“Imagine, if you can, what a refugee experiences. Close your eyes and envision…” Amelia (not her real name) walked the students through the trauma of leaving one’s country because of unrest and war. Crossing an ocean. Landing in an unfamiliar place without any idea of how life will go on. She shared how one can be part of a caring community of Christ-followers committed to serve both refugees and international students coming to America. Conner shared opportunities with One Challenge for short-term ministry.
What is life like for mission workers?
Mike (not real name) explained the pathway to long-term service with One Challenge. One starts with Mobilization, then Pre-field, Transition Orientation, and to the field. All along the journey MemberCare is there. Using the model of red and white blood cells, Mike described the role of member care in the body of Christ – having healthy people in ministry.
“Who is involved with sports?” More than 90% of the students stood when asked. “All of you are already involved in one of the world’s most powerful tools and means that allow you to develop genuine relationships,” Dave, of Sports Ambassadors, shared. He went on to explain that through sports Jesus can be lived and shared with people groups who have very little Jesus impact in their lives.
The Big Picture of Mission
Kelli and Kathy, shared the global picture of missions. When looking at Christ’s Great Commission, it makes more sense to think in terms of ethnic people groups – the largest group within which the Gospel can spread as a church planting movement without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance. There are 16,400 people groups in the world. About 6,400 are considered unreached. “It’s not a question of IF you are part of God’s great plan to bring Christ to all peoples. It is a question of WHAT part God has for you in the story,” Kelli challenged. The students had the afternoon with the Lifeworkx team to ponder that question.
Lifeworkx … in only 4 hours
“It was magic … four hours of engaged high school students!” said Josh. Lifeworkx® is normally a week of exercises and interaction. Steve, Nate and Josh chose to focus on the two most important questions: Why and How.
Why is it important to share your real story and how do you do that? How can reframing give your past health instead of pain? Why is it important to understand your personality and strengths? And how do I discover my unique destiny? The high schoolers were excited to learn about themselves and eager to see what this could mean for their future.
Steve said, “The response was fun to watch as both students and faculty members were able to quickly identify the preferences of each other. There was a lot of laughter and mutual affirmation happening among the 60 people present. The main message is that our true identity is in Christ, the one who created us and designed us before we were born!”
One Challenge felt really blessed to have such attentive and interactive students. One of the presenters summed it up well, “I was impressed by the school’s willingness to take what initially may have been plans for a short-term trip to serve others and responded to God’s prompting to instead go to several sending agencies and learn from them. This is a key time when God speaks to many kids about decisions that will affect the rest of their lives.”
If your high school or college wants to visit One Challenge in Colorado Springs, please contact info@OneChallenge.org. We’d love to host you.