CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa.—This summer, students from Baptist Bible College and Seminary will put into action the ministry skills they learned in the classroom as they embark on missions trips. China, Romania, South Africa, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic are among the locations where students will be ministering this summer. They will be working with sports camps, teaching English as a second language, and serving in medical clinics and orphanages—learning with missionaries and church members every step of the way.

Summer break provides several opportunities for students to gain useful, hands-on, global Christian leadership skills through missions, camps, and internships. With the education they have received and the extended break from classes, students are able to serve across the country and around the world. By the end of the summer, about three dozen students will have participated in overseas missions through BBC&S.

Serving cross-culturally

Associate Professor John Jackson will lead a group of eight BBC&S students, as well as others from Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, Iowa), to South Africa this month. They will be working with Central Baptist Church in Pretoria, Bethesda Outreach orphanage in Hamanskraal, and First Baptist Church in Kokstad.

Members of the Defenders softball team will be traveling to the Dominican Republic in early June with Associate Professor and Coach Dr. Bill Higley and his wife, Susan. The team is partnering with Score International and will assist in villages, with softball clinics, and in outreach to young women.

Additionally, two members of the Defenders men’s soccer team will be serving with Tim and Barbara-Lee Glessner in Puebla, Mexico, in June. They will be helping with a medical clinic and sports ministry.

Three students will be traveling to China to teach English as a second language in July. And in August, five students will be serving with David and Felicia Lee in Bucharest, Romania, assisting with children’s camp ministry.

Missions at BBC&S

Over spring break, six students traveled to Berlin, Germany, to assist CrossWay International Baptist Church, where they were involved with the youth group, Sunday School, and Awana. The team also traveled to Vilseck, Germany, to serve with missionaries and BBC alumni Duane and Daylin Beach in maintenance and child care.

Many other students will be serving in the U.S. this summer, working at camps, churches, and with other organizations across the country.

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Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students go beyond the ordinary, learning to serve with excellence as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

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In the photo are (back row) Associate Professor John Jackson, Marissa Langenthal, Aaron Contino, Kaitlyn Miller, Jeremiah Holloman, Shawna Alleman, Tanner Worosher, Kirsten HerrNeckar, Karin Mowry, Cierra Byron, Elizabeth Harris, Stephanie Kreiser, (middle row) Matt Craig, Ethan Patrick, Caleb Evans, Amanda Miller, Veronica Tipton, Hannah Strayer, Coach Bill Higley, Katelin Broughton, Jocelyn Mantz, Clint Wandell, (front row) Adam Lamey, Missy Wilson, Emily Petrie, Karey Lowe, Sharayah McMindes, Deborah Gooden, Susan Higley, Katherine Symes, Ashley Bouraphael, Meagan Dion, and Katie Boger. Not shown: Mike Dion, Weston Erbentraut, Anna Gatz, Amy Graner, Jonathan Heisterkamp, and Katie Warren.

Missions team from Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, Pa.