When Parkade Baptist Church missionary Scott Parsons embarked on a mission trip to Kazakhstan last August, he did not expect to receive the best Christmas gift in his life. He will return next month with that and many more memories.
Parsons and his 12 teammates arrived in Kazakhstan in August 2009. They set up a campus ministry focused on evangelism, reaching out to college students who have little or no knowledge of Jesus.
"A friend of mine actually asked one of my roommates if Jesus was American," he said in an e-mail interview.
"The main purpose of our campus ministry in particular ... is two-fold: to lead people to Jesus and to disciple or mentor those believers into a Godly and outward focus life," Parsons said.
Parsons' campus ministry holds biweekly meetings for participants; they play games, watch videos the group made, sing worship songs and listen to sermons on Jesus' teachings. Every week, Parsons leads a small group Bible study, called life group, where they talk about their lives and discuss the gospel of Mark. Once a month, Parson plans activities that allow new students to bond with current students.
Parsons spends his time sharing with students about God, and integrating into the culture. "I try to be intentional when I'm doing something like going to the mall or eating lunch to invite a student along," he said. "It's less about thinking about it as 'my job,' and more about integrating reaching out to students as a natural part of my life."
Read the rest of the story on the Missourian Neighborhood News blog.