“We have come today first and foremost to worship our Lord Jesus Christ. And secondly, to celebrate that the Lord has called out these students to tell His story all across the state, the U.S. and the nations,” Brenda Sanders, Go Now Missions consultant, said at the 2022 Go Now Missions Commissioning Service.
The service, which took place on May 22 in Pilgrim Chapel at Dallas Baptist University, commissioned 232 students sent out on missions. Family and friends of the students gathered in the chapel to pray and worship with the students ahead of their trips. The students will serve over summer, semester and year-long missions.
Warren Ethridge, Go Now Sending Team chairman, shared a challenge to the student missionaries. He told students to remember the narrative of Christ as they are sent out. In today’s culture, it can be easy to be sucked into a self-focused narrative, he said, but as Christians, we are called to center the story around God.
“The story of the Bible is that we are a very small part. It’s God’s story, and we’re just a part,” Ethridge said.
“We look forward to hearing how God is going to use you to tell His story,” he concluded.
The theme of this year’s Go Now commissioning was Psalm 96.
Following his message was a time of prayer and commissioning where family and friends could gather around the student missionaries and pray for them.
Mark Jones, director of the Center for Collegiate Ministry, led the commissioning prayer.
“We have hope grounded in Christ and great anticipation in all that God will do in [the students’] lives and through them and the teams they are a part of,” Jones said before the prayer.
Over 56 teams were sent out around the world. The first team flew out to Eastern Europe prior to the service.
To learn more about Go Now Missions, go to gonowmissions.org.