Go Now Missions appoints 100 student missionaries to serve near and far during Christmas break

by Meredith Poe on December 18, 2023 in News

Go Now Missions, a ministry of Texas Baptists that mobilizes university students to share the love of Christ around the world, has appointed 100 student missionaries to serve and share the gospel during Christmas break.

The real meaning of Christmas

“The Christmas season is a unique opportunity to share the gospel,” said Brenda Sanders, Go Now Missions consultant with the Center for Collegiate Ministry. “People are thinking about the gospel more this time of year, and we can tell the real meaning of Christmas.”

A total of 11 teams will serve for various lengths of time between Dec. 10 through early January. Students use their time off for winter break to go on mission. Some teams will serve in Texas, reaching people locally in Arlington, Houston, Round Rock and McAllen, while other teams will serve nationally and internationally in Florida, New York, Jamaica, North Africa and South Asia.

Students will serve in a variety of ways, like assisting with outreach and ministry programs, building homes and beds for those in need, and sharing the gospel with people from around the globe.

“For many students, [these trips] are the first time they actually share the gospel,” said Sanders. “So many times I see them come back and realize if they can do it in this other place, they can do it here where they live … They become disciples that make disciples.”

Go Now Missions has been commissioning student missionaries since 1946, and they have sent Christmas missionaries since 2003. In total, 13,455 student missionaries — including those who will serve this winter — have been sent around the globe since the beginning of Go Now.

Knowing God even more

Abigail* from Highlander BSM at McLennan Community College in Waco has served on several missions throughout Texas, as well as three times internationally.

“[On a prior trip] I learned that having the heart of Christ means dealing with a broken heart sometimes,” she shared. “It means feeling sorrow when people choose to reject God … It means feeling sorrow when His children are hurt.”

This year, Abigail will be serving in South Asia.

“I want every person to hear and know the Gospel, and I believe that sharing this with people across the world will help me tremendously in sharing back home. I am looking forward to having my beliefs challenged so that I can know God even more and know efficient ways to share who He is,” she said.

Supporting Christmas missionaries

Texas Baptists churches are invited to support Christmas missionaries through prayer — a prayer calendar will be emailed in early December through the Go Now Missions newsletter.

Churches and individuals can also give to help send a specific student missionary or to a general missions fund. Depending on location and season, missions cost, on average, between $550 and $3,700.

Students work to raise a majority of the funds needed to go on mission by enlisting Partners in Mission and through other fundraising efforts. Their trips are also funded in part through local churches that support BSM, the Mary Hill Davis Offering® for Texas Missions and the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation.

School supplies and clothing are also being gathered by the team that will serve in Jamaica. The materials will be distributed while on mission in that country. To contribute, email Go Now Missions for a list of needed items.

“Ultimately, our heart and goal is that students have the opportunity to meet a physical need and verbally share the gospel,” said Sanders. “That is the goal in everything we do.”

To learn more about Go Now Missions, click here.

*Name changed for student safety.

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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