“The burden for Romania—we sensed it the very first year, and it’s still there,” says PCC athletic director and Youth Outreach Ministry (YOM) missions team leader Mark Goetsch. “We want to go back every summer and allow God to use us as He sees fit.”
It’s been ten years since Coach Goetsch and his wife Melany first chose to volunteer and lead a missions team to minister to the people of Romania. Since then, they have returned each summer, sharing Christ’s love with youth in Gypsy villages, holding Vacation Bible School and youth camps, and assisting local churches.
Once you go, every missionary that visits your church you will have a connection with and be able to share his burden for his country in a greater way.
Each summer, YOM teams which include PCC faculty, staff, and students dedicate part of their summer to spread the gospel around the world. This year’s teams will span four continents and take part in a variety of ministries including medical care, teaching English as a second language, church planting, sports camps, and youth camps.
In 2016, Ashlee Griffitts (FL) had never been out of the country and had never taught before when she decided to join a YOM team teaching English in Peru. “The Lord used that trip to show me that He wants to me teach English in another country in the future,” she said.
While Ashlee is currently earning her master’s in English education, she continues to spend her summers serving in another culture. This year, she will return to Mexico for the second time with the YOM team to teach English, provide basic medical care, and build relationships with local pastors. She said, “I am reminded that my God is not confined to any one language; He created language yet transcends it. This truth pushes me to want to serve Him by using this gift of language to teach children English and then to present them with the truths found in His Word.”
God softens my heart when I am teaching on these trips.
Azael Panecatl first answered the call to take a short-term missions trip to Peru. Over time, God gave him the opportunity to lead a trip to his home country Mexico. “We often go to Christian schools, but many times the students there do not know the Lord,” Panecatl said. “Their parents send them there to have structure and oftentimes are not Christian themselves, but value the standards. As we go in and teach them Bible verses and songs, we not only instill in them the truth of the Scripture but we also can set an example that there are young people who desire to follow Christ.”
Just being present we can plant many seeds that help the school further their mission to bring their students to know the Lord.
As much as the teams desire to be used of God, they have found it true that the greatest work is often done in their own hearts. Students have seen their faith grow as God has miraculously provided above and beyond for their needs. Freshman Joshua Dudley Patterson (Puerto Rico) first considered a YOM trip after hearing an announcement in Sunday school asking for more volunteers. Not knowing where the finances would come from, he signed up to go. “The trip was $1,900, and I didn’t have any of it. But in just two short weeks, I raised $2,120,” he said. “I had extra money to pay for my plane ticket from Virginia to Miami where I will meet up with the team to go to Peru, as well as for luggage fees. All in all, everything was paid for.”
As the teams prepare to head out, they covet your prayers for God to work in hearts of those they minister to. “To go to these countries and see the hunger many of them have for the Lord really opens your eyes to what we take for granted. The hunger for the Lord is great, and much prayer is needed,” Panecatl said.
Ecuador Deaf Ministry—May 26 to June 2, 2018
Peru (Medical)—May 26 to June 2, 2018
Bolivia/Chile—May 26 to June 9, 2018
Ecuador (ESL)—May 26 to June 9, 2018
Mexico—May 26 to June 9, 2018
New Zealand—May 26 to June 9, 2018
Philippines—May 26 to June 10, 2018
Peru (ESL)—May 26 to June 16, 2018
Australia—June 28 to July 30, 2018
Romania—July 7–21, 2018
Spain—July 12 to August 3, 2018
France—July 13–28, 2018