Hands On is a program with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Hands On is a semester long program for American college students who have completed their first year in college. It’s taking a week-long mission trip and adding steroids. Student work with missionaries all over the world including Europe, Russia, Africa, Australia and Asia. This semester, God has blessed us with such a great team. Their “job assignment” (something I detest calling it) is simply to make friends with people. And they’ve been doing that through:
*Game Nights on campus
*Conversation classes on campus
*Portuguese classes at Achieve Languages
*Assisting in conversation classes at Achieve
*Day trips to Porto Alegre with friends; rafting with friends, sharing meals with friends
*Overnight trip to Uruguay with friends
*Playing baseball, frisbee and ping pong
*Beginning a weekly Bible study on campus
*Beginning a weekly Bible study in our home
*Beginning a weekly Bible study in another home
*Bible studies with students outside of campus
*Prayer walking campuses, cities and neighborhoods
I could go on and on and on. The pictures below represent a small part of their ministry. Melody and I believe the “secret sauce” of sharing Christ is simply to follow Jesus’ example of going into the city, the community and, for us, the campus. We look for needs, how we can give back. But we do more than just give back to make ourselves feel good. We look for opportunities, naturally in conversation, where we can share our faith in Christ. We’re always asked, “Why are you here?” And that leads to us sharing about Jesus and about Zoe. We never argue, get in people’s faces or prove a point to share the gospel. We actually listen.
Hands On is a tremendous program that I wish more students would take advantage of. Melody and I purposefully do our best to get close to our “interns” because we want them to be part of our family. In just a month, they’ll be headed back to the USA. Trying to share all that God has done and how God has changed their lives will be difficult. Things have changed, life has gone on for everyone. It’s like a time warp. Pray for Hannah, Taylor, Stewart and Hannah that they’ll make the most of their time here. Pray for their friends here and for the families in the USA.