I get to teach at SEND every year. I share some of the mission training I learned at mission school. I donate my time like all the other teachers do. I go back every year. Why? Because it’s so inspiring!
How do I put it? God is all over SEND. And because of that, God is all over the SEND young adults. They come every year for ten of the greatest months they will ever experience. I watch them grow over the time they are at SEND. It is nothing less than phenomenal. It is truly a God thing. If I were young, and could live life over again, honestly, I wouldn’t do much different. But one thing: I would do SEND in a heartbeat. I’m jealous of these young adults!
They live together in community the guys with the guys and the women with the women. And then they come together for SEND teaching, mission excursions, and fun events. They become like family and will be friends for the rest of their lives. They blossom. I mean every year, every young adult, every group.
SEND is challenging. They are out of their comfort zones the first week. At first, you can tell, it’s a little stretching. But they come together, strangers from all over, being welded together into a family unit. And they begin to be a spiritual force. And God grows them. For every month they are in SEND, it seems they grow a spiritual year: ten years of growth in ten months! It’s a fast pace. They meet the greatest leaders, experience all kinds of worship, all types of ministry, get hands-on training and then go on an overseas mission adventure to places like Belize, Guatemala, Honduras.
They work hard—take notes from their teachers, read through the Bible in ten months, learn to pray with anyone, anytime, can share their faith with one person or a group of five hundred. They couldn’t do any of this when they first come. By the time they’re done…well, it’s a miracle! Their friends, family and the church back home can’t believe it.
People all over the world want to hire them. They have a resume that communicates integrity, spirituality, honesty, character, adventure, cross-cultural experience. These are the qualities this world is looking for. And through it all, they have fun. What a happy group!
Kent Hunter, founder of Church Doctor Ministries, is known as the Church Doctor. His most recent e-books are The Future Is Now and The J-Dog Journey, available at no cost. Contact him at (800) 626-8515, by email, Twitter, Facebook, or visit www.churchdoctor.org.
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