Summer ministry teams on the road
By Heidi Heater, a senior from Jackson, Ky.
WILMORE, KY—Asbury College’s summer ministry teams hit the road May 25 for their nine-week trek of service to various churches and camps throughout the eastern U.S.
The “Soaring” team will hold a youth retreat weekend in Martinsburg, W.V.
Throughout the summer, members of the North and South teams will serve as camp counselors and assist with vacation Bible schools and youth weeks. The North team, which calls itself “Illuminating,” will also help with an after-school program in Camden, N.J., while the South, or “Soaring,” team, will hold a youth retreat weekend in Martinsburg, W.V.
“I pray that the members of the summer ministry team return with a broadened view of God’s hand and workings in the world,” said Joy Ireland of campus ministries. “Oftentimes we tend to put God in a bit of a box when it comes to how He works and how we understand His character.”
In preparation for their summer of service, the teams read, “Whatever Became of Holiness” by Steve DeNeff and met at least once per week
throughout the spring semester to learn about spiritual gifts and ways to prepare for Bible studies, to build team spirit and to sharpen people skills.The “Illuminating” team will help with an after-school program in Camden, N.J.
This year’s team members include Tim Bishop ’11, Stephen Bush ’09, Lauren Foldy ’10, Lisa Gilmore ’11, Hallie Kuruck ’10, Anna Rimelspach ’11, Heidi Buell ’11, Daniel Foster ’10, Natalie Lawyer ’10, David Rutledge ’10 and Kayla Slaven ’10.
The teams travel to New Jersey, Indiana, Ohio, Deleware, Wisconsin, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and West Virginia before returning July 27.