When man works, man works. When man prays, God works. In one of his favorite quotations, PCC missions faculty Dr. Brian Bucy finds great truth. He said, “Isn’t it a delight to know that since God is not willing that any should perish, He surely delights in answering prayer for missions!”
Over the past year, countless prayers have been spoken by students desiring to serve, missionaries needing help, and people looking for hope. God’s answer to those prayers came through 13 mission teams sent out by Youth Outreach Ministry (YOM) this summer.
In Sabanagrande, Honduras, Elyssa Houk (FL) prayed that God would allow her to see one child come to trust Jesus Christ as Savior during the team’s ministry there. “We had 5 children saved after a children’s church service in La Paz, and we had 8 more saved after one day of VBS,” she said. “God was so good to answer my prayer even more abundantly than I had imagined!”
From the tropical regions of Sabanagrande to the idyllic countryside of Saint-Gaudens, France, PCC students embraced the countries and their people. “The trip to Africa was the first time I ever left the country, and I had no idea what it would be like,” said Abby Taylor (FL). “I fell in love with the African people, and I pray that one day God will take me back there!”
Devin Morrison (AL) felt the same way about Honduras. “I fell in love with the country, and the people stole my heart,” she said. “I didn’t want to go on the trip. But the Lord worked in my heart in spite of my attitude. And the girl who didn’t want to go to Honduras…? She didn’t want to come home!”
“Through preaching, teaching, and serving, it has been a joy to see lives touched through the love of Christ and the dear relationships that have been developed with not only our Aussie family and friends but also with our mission team members,” said PCC business faculty Dr. John Cirone, YOM team leader to Australia for six years. “Particularly during the last couple of trips, my desire has not only been to lead a trip but to mentor and develop our mission team members into servant leaders.”
Teams shared the gospel through a variety of outreach initiatives: teaching English, conducting medical clinics, holding youth camps or VBS campaigns, hosting basketball clinics, and canvasing spectators at the Tour de France. Through each avenue of ministry, students experienced life as a missionary.
“Ever since I can remember, I have always loved the idea of being a missionary,” said Andrea Thomas (CA), a member of the YOM Belize team. “So, being able to live and walk the missionary’s daily life has been truly amazing. From the luscious greenery, cascading waterfalls, and rocky plains to the music, relationships, and ministries, my eyes are open to the needs of the world.”