Back Student Summer Recap, Part 1: Mission 615
August 5th, 2011
For many Brentwood Baptist students, summer isn't just a time to unplug from the world and wait for a new school year. It's a time to serve and go.
Every summer, the Student Ministry offers students a chance to participate in missions, discipleship, and leadership opportunities through four major events: Mission615, Summer Camp, Vancouver Mission Journey, and Chicago Mission Journey.
Below is the first of a four-part recap of the incredible things that happened among our students this summer:
Over three days, from June 6-8, six teams made up of 55 middle school students and 17 leaders spread out across nine different Nashville sites to serve:
Grace M. Eaton
A child care center in inner-city Nashville for children, ages 6-12.
Nashville Rescue Mission
A faith-based organization that helps the hurting of Middle Tennessee by offering food, clothing, and shelter to the homeless and recovery programs to those enslaved in addictions.
A college-preparatory charter school in east Nashville that prepares students for academics and builds character for high school and college careers.
Feed the Children
A relief organization that delivers food, medicine, clothing, and other necessities to individuals, children, and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty, or natural disasters.
An assisted living community that provides care for senior residents.
Welcome Home Ministries
A safe house for men who seek freedom and recovery from drugs, alcohol, and a destructive way of life.
Room in the Inn
A place of shelter for the homeless of Nashville, offering food, safety, and necessities.
World Relief Nashville
An organization that resettles refugees in American culture and community.
Youth Encouragement Services (YES)
An organization that strives to enrich the lives of inner-city children through daily programs such as tutoring, summer camp, basketball leagues, job skills training, and other recreational and cultural activities.
The students participated in everything from cleaning and moving furniture to yard work and sorting donations, as well as other service projects.
Amy-Jo Girardier, Girls Minister and Student Missions Coordinator, said, "In the past, students have done hands-on work and haven't had as many actual conversations with people. I think one of the strengths of Mission 615 is that they were able to do that with people outside of the church, people out in the community."
The six teams rotated to different sites over three days, something new added to this year's agenda. Chris Blanton, Middle School Minister, said, "In years past, everybody has been at one site the whole time. This year, the students got to be exposed to the different ministries and serve them. It was good for them to have access to those ministries and see where they might serve in the future."
Each night, after a full day of service, Chris led the group in a Bible study called "Inner Armor" that focused on King David and his character. The students would end the day by experiencing downtown Nashville before they crashed for an overnight stay just a few blocks away at First Baptist Church.
Josh Shelley, Student Ministry Intern, said, "It's only a three-day trip, but God uses it to get hold of these students. One of the really cool stories that stuck with me was about an upcoming eighth grader. The morning before we left, I went upstairs to begin cleaning up the incredible mess that middle school boys leave. When I got to our room, I was surprised to find this student already cleaning. He was by himself and no one had told him to do anything. It may be simple, but that act of selflessness and leadership is exactly what God tries to teach us on mission journeys like this."
Story by Kaylan Christopher, Staff Writer