104 Days of Summer
by Mark Jent, Director of Missions Outreach
Lipscomb’s campus is abuzz this time of year. The library is full of students cramming for finals, professors are busily calculating grades and the events and facilities departments are both preparing to welcome 5,000 guests to campus this weekend for May Commencement on Saturday. As we briefly exhale and catch our breath as a campus community, Maymester is here, dozens of athletic camps are in full-swing, 2,000 youth are worshipping during Impact, and then Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration is upon us.
Yet amidst all of the activity taking place on campus, less than 48 hours after President Lowry shakes the last hand and presents the final diploma to a new graduate on Saturday, our first summer mission team takes off to serve. Over the ensuing 104 days of the summer months, from May 6 until August 17, which ironically enough is 48 hours before a new fall semester begins, Lipscomb Missions will have a team in the field.
From the Phil Kinzer-led Haiti team leaving May 6 and working with the Cap Haitien Children’s Home to the Kenya team led by John Lewis and Nathan Owens who will be partnering with Made in the Streets and returns home August 17, we come to you now seeking prayers for the 225 people who are spread out over our record 24 summer mission efforts.
From the community in Guatemala anxiously awaiting a new bridge that will connect communities to the church family in Peru who is anxiously awaiting medical care - we seek your prayers that we will be faithful to the calling God has placed upon us.
From the Navajo people in Arizona who we will be meeting for the first time to the host families in Australia who will be opening their homes to us for a 15th year – we seek your prayers for the relationships we’ll be building and renewing.
From the planes that will be carrying us to the trains that we will sleep on during overnight travel - we seek your prayers for safety. From the daily van rides as a team to late night team debriefs - we seek your prayers for healthy team dynamics. From the hikes up mountains to the tears that will be shed at the end of an exhausting day - we most importantly seek your prayers that the people we encounter will be drawn closer to Jesus and that He will be glorified with every step we take.