BOUNCE student missionary offerings go to support Missionary Adoption Program (MAP) missionaries for three years

by Meredith Poe on November 27, 2023 in Stories of Impact

Offerings generously given by BOUNCE student missionaries have gone to adopt three Missionary Adoption Program (MAP) missionaries in Uganda and Spain for three years. The offerings were collected over the past two years from over 61 churches that participated in BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery/Community Rehab missions during the spring break and summer holidays.

Cultivating a love for missions in students

“Part of the reason we do this is because it is a part of our BOUNCE philosophy,” said David Scott, director of BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery. “We want to cultivate a love for missions and ministry in the lives of students that goes beyond one week of service. We want them to think about other ways that they and their churches can be missions-minded.”

In the past, offerings collected from BOUNCE missions have gone to support Texas Baptists River Ministry, relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, as well as other MAP missionaries in Brazil, Uganda and Tanzania.

MAP currently partners with missionaries in 18 different countries. Churches, youth groups, life groups, families or individuals can adopt a missionary for as little as $50 a month, depending on the region and country.

“I thank God for David’s leadership with BOUNCE and for his continual support of MAP,” said Noe Trevino, director of MAP. “The missionaries they have adopted around the world are extremely grateful.”

Being transformed through service

BOUNCE student missionary offerings are a blessing for MAP missionaries abroad, and the missions also leave lasting impacts in the lives of students.

“Hands-on mission trips are instrumental in the discipleship of teenagers. They allow students to put their faith in action and understand that we have a responsibility as Christ-followers to put action steps to our faith,” said Brian Pearce, student pastor at FBC Kingwood.

“BOUNCE is a huge component of how we teach our students to be a part of God’s Kingdom work in the world and to share the gospel message. As they serve, their lives are transformed and they realize that we are all called not simply to do church but to actually be the church… Many students develop a lifelong passion for short-term, long-term or vocational mission and ministry work,” Pearce said.

10 years of pre-packaged missions

BOUNCE offers several pre-packaged Disaster Recovery/Community Rehab and Church Planting missions throughout the year, with staff taking care of the details so church leaders can focus on their students and serving others.

“BOUNCE makes it easy for churches to get involved,” said Pearce. “You get a complete mission experience with leadership that helps you prepare your group and minimizes the amount of prep necessary to bring a group on mission. Group leaders can be confident that when they show up at BOUNCE, they are taken care of from start to finish.”

In 2024, BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery is celebrating 10 years of missions and ministry with Texas Baptists. To learn more about BOUNCE and upcoming missions, click here.

Texas Baptists is a movement of God’s people to share Christ and show love by strengthening churches and ministers, engaging culture and connecting the nations to Jesus.

The ministry of the convention is made possible by giving through the Texas Baptists Cooperative Program, Mary Hill Davis Offering® for Texas Missions, Texas Baptists Worldwide and Texas Baptist Missions Foundation. Thank you for your faithful and generous support.

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