Student Joseph Gragg was a recent member of a NAMB summer missionary team who served in Georgia over this past summer. We are thankful for areas of service like this that are available for our students.
“Most of our time throughout the summer was spent helping churches with their Vacation Bible Schools,” said Gragg. “I had opportunities in all the churches where we worked to teach lessons, help with the recreation, and lead the music. I also got to spend some time in nursing homes talking to the residents and leading them in some singing. We had a great time fellowshipping with them and spreading the love of Christ.
“Our team also had an opportunity to serve as chaperones for a large youth conference,” said Gragg. “There were about 1,800 people at the conference. We were given a private screening of the movie ‘War Room,’ which had not been released in theaters yet. There were two girls in our group who recommitted their lives to the Lord.
“I also had an opportunity to serve at a CentriKid during the summer,” said Gragg. “I served as a team leader for the week. We helped with recreation in the morning and Bible study in the afternoon. I also got to preach at a local church the Sunday after the camp.
“Before we knew it, the summer was coming to an end,” said Gragg. “We ended the summer with a D-Now Youth Event. I was a small group leader that had a group of four boys for whom I led a devotion. The weekend’s theme was PAUSE. We need to hit pause on things of this world and take more time for God. Time with Him is not wasted time.
“The speaker for the weekend was Nick Hampton, and the worship band was Crossing 47 from Moultrie, Ga.,” said Gragg. “We had a really awesome weekend. The kids loved the slip-in-slide kickball that we played Saturday when it was very hot outside. There were a few youth who came to know Christ as their Savior and some recommitted their life to the Lord.
“This was a great experience for me,” said Gragg. “Lord willing, I will be going back next year.”