These past four weeks have highlighted multiple stories of life change from previous summers in Sent Initiative.
Some of these stories are students now living a sent life on their college campus, some living a sent life in their workplace, and some living a sent life internationally. These stories are a compilation of life change from different summers, stories resulting from a deeper understanding of God’s mission and the part every believer holds in his mission. Regardless of the location, there are people across the Triad, nation, and world walking in faithful obedience to the Great Commission.
Sent Initiative unravels the lie that only some are “called” into ministry. City Project provides deeper theological teaching and, from that teaching, pushes students to share the saving grace of Jesus Christ. City Life bridges the gap between faith and work, showing students how the workplace is the best place to live missionally for the kingdom. Second City opens the door to international missions, bringing the good news across the world for those with little to no access to the gospel. All of Sent Initiative culminates around the realization that everyone has been given the responsibility (or calling) to live missionally for the sake of the gospel. In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul reminds the church at Corinth, as well as the church today, of our responsibility as ambassadors for Christ.
Because of Christ we have been reconciled to God, and he has given us both the message and the ministry of reconciliation. We have been entrusted with the message of reconciliation—that is not something to be taken lightly.
Here’s the good news: this can be your story too! You don’t have to wait for the right time, the right summer, or the right reason to put your yes on the table. You don’t have to wait for your friends or your boyfriend to say yes to Sent Initiative. These past four weeks you have read about students who said yes to Sent Initiative, and they, too, would tell you to say yes.
You might be hesitant to say yes. You might be worrying about giving up your summer. You might be worrying about the amount of money you have to raise. You might even be worrying what your parents will say. If this is you, you’re not alone. Many students have had the same hesitancies. But you should also be concerned with obedience to the Lord.
If you believe that Jesus is worthy, then you can say yes to giving up a summer. If you believe that God is the ultimate giver, then you can say yes to support raising. If you believe that God’s mission is urgent, then you can tell your parents yes to Sent Initiative. There will always be another reason, but we’ve been given only one mission. There is a grand task at hand, one worth sacrificing for. It was Jesus’ sacrifice that bought us a seat at the table, a seat that we are completely undeserving of. How could we not sacrifice one summer?
There’s still time! You can jump into SENT Initiative this summer! The deadline to apply for a life-changing summer is this Sunday, February 24. To fill out an application and get more information check out: https://www.mercyhillgso.com/sentinitiative/.
-Rilee Blackwell (College Resident)