Asbury Students Use Summer Break to Serve
July 21, 2016
This summer, two teams of Asbury University students are making an impact in the lives of middle and high school students through Asbury’s Summer Ministry Teams.
On the road since June, this year’s teams — called Diakanos and Aperture — are ministering in churches and camps from Georgia to Pennsylvania. Team Diakonos leads youth ministry and Team Aperture leads worship — and along the way, they’ve deepened their faith, their friendships and their commitment to service.
Sophomore Abby Irwin says building relationships with a group of middle school girls has been one of the highlights of her experience so far. During devotions, she helped students confront issues that concerned them, grounding the discussion in prayer and Scripture.
“One of my girls asked very insightful questions that could really only be answered by turning to Scripture, and that was an incredible moment,” Irwin said. “We had a lot of laughter, a lot of tears and a lot of prayer in the devotion time, and overall, it was one of the best groups of girls that I’ve ever had the opportunity to be a part of, let alone to be a leader of them.”
Nearing the end of their summer service, both teams will soon return to Asbury, but their experience with Summer Ministry Team will stay with them.
“I loved seeing revival happen at camp,” said senior Conner Steele after a week ministering to nearly 175 students in Converse, Indiana. “The middle school and high school students were so eager to worship Jesus, and seeing the fire spread through the campers, counselors and pastors was such a humbling opportunity. The Holy Spirit moved in amazing ways this week.”
Summer Ministry Team Coordinator Kaylyn Moran ’10 says the experience is a great launching point for students who are discerning a call to ministry or who want to learn some practical skills.
“This program is ideal for folks who are interested in ministry, and it’s is a great way to do some networking with lots of good churches and camps while gaining lots of skills you will need,” Moran said. “You learn a lot about yourself — leadership skills, how to manage conflict, how you function on a team. This experience offers amazing opportunity for growth.”
To learn more about student ministries at Asbury (Chapel, Discipleship, Service, Missions and more), visit Asbury’s Campus Ministries page at: asbury.edu/campusministries