Student missionaries set new record
___By Orville Scott
___Texas Baptist Communications
___A record 225 volunteers are serving in Texas Baptist student missions this summer in 10 states and seven countries.
The volunteers include 18 campus Baptist Student Ministry coordinators, seminary students and doctors, said Brenda Sanders, consultant for student missions with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
|AT ORIENTATION for Texas Baptist student mission volunteers, Andy Dennis, a Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary student, shows Lindsay Chaddrick of Houston Baptist University and Morgan Schilhab of Texas A & M University how to make animated balloon characters.
___Seventy-seven student volunteers are sharing their Christian faith in Germany, Australia and Cuba in conjunction with Texas Partnerships and the Southern Baptist International Board. Sixty others will minister in East Asia, Southeast Asia, Mexico and Taiwan.
___Prior to leaving for the foreign mission field, students served in inner-city missions in the Dallas and Houston areas, leading 34 people to faith in Christ. They served with Mission Arlington, Calvary Baptist Church of Oak Cliff, Plymouth Park and Calvary Baptist churches of Irving, Freeman Heights Baptist Church of Garland and Greenspoint and Willow Meadows Baptist churches of Houston.
___"We were hoping they would be challenged and better prepared for foreign missions through inner city opportunities," Sanders explained.
___Besides record numbers of student summer missionaries from Texas, the International Mission Board and North American Mission Board reported their largest numbers of student summer missionaries ever this year.
___"Christian college students have a strong desire to reach their world, and more and more of them want to do missions work," Sanders said.
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