A fire crackles in a remote jungle of Papua New Guinea. In South America, children learn Bible songs in sign language. A missionary shares a story from Scripture to members of the underground church. Stories and challenges from around the world are actually not so distant... in fact, they are just around the corner.
Each Monday evening, students can hear from missionaries, mission organizations, or student officers during Mission Prayer Band. This semester, we have already heard from Brother Baughman (Baptist International Missions, Inc.) and Eddie Mills (International Education Exchange Association). Not only can you hear about summer trips and other missions-related opportunities, but you also have a chance to visit with the representatives in person.
Thursday evenings offer a different approach. Any time within the designated half-hour, you can choose a missionary's update letter and pray specifically for their ministry. You can also get to know each "missionary of the week" and encourage them through a prayer or an email.
As a freshman with an undeclared minor, I talked with Brother Baughman, who asked me to consider going to Camp BIMI for a week. At Camp, teachers who had already been on the mission field gave us many insights into missionary life. I decided to minor in missions, and last summer, I spent two months in Australia as an intern with BIMI missionaries.
BIMI is only one of many options. If you want to teach in China, provide medical assistance in Mexico, or simply pray more effectively for missionaries, Mission Prayer Band is a great way to get informed - and involved. But don't take my word for it. Give thirty minutes of your week and be a part of what God is doing in the lives of people across the world. If you are willing to be used by God, who can tell what will be around your next corner?