Your gifts supported college student retreats and outreaches throughout the year.
When the body of Christ comes together, incredible things happen, God is glorified, and the world notices. This has been the case for Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) and the generous support received from the Sue Nishikawa State Mission Offering. In 2017-18, BCM received support from the State Mission Offering on a number of occasions and it has had incredible impact on the next generation of believers and leaders. They received support to assist students who went to Collegiate Week, theGathering (an annual college retreat), and projects throughout the school year.
Collegiate Week is the annual Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) national gathering of collegiate ministries’ leaders and students for a time of training, networking, and challenge to prepare the minds and hearts to reach campuses for Christ. Hawaii sent a group of 20 from Oahu and Hawaii Island with the support of the Sue Nishikawa Offering for Hawaii Pacific Missions. Students were excited to return with a stronger vision and were better equipped to reach their campuses for Christ.
theGathering is the annual HPBC retreat for college students and leaders. This year they met at our HPBC conference center, Pu’u Kahea. 80 students and leaders from BCM and HPBC churches attended. The Sue Nishikawa Offering helped neighbor island students attend. It also enabled us to bring Gus Hernandez Jr. from Long Hollow Baptist Church to train the group in disciple-making. Students left the conference equipped to start new discipleship groups on their campuses through their campus ministries. One student even came to Christ during this retreat!
The Sue Nishikawa Offering for Hawaii Pacific Missions has also assisted BCM in various outreach events. The funds assisting in securing necessary ministry equipment and supplies, as well as providing resources to make your campus ministries more effective at reaching students for Christ and impacting college campuses for God’s glory.
Through your gifts to the Sue Nishikawa Offering for Hawaii Pacific Missions, we have been able to see more students exposed to the gospel, grow in leadership, and move off the campus and into our local churches.
Pray that students will embrace the Collegiate Week’s move from Glorieta, New Mexico to Falls Creek, Oklahoma and pray that they continue to be interested in this vital conference for equipping and connection.
Pray for new campuses to establish ministry points.
Pray for churches to catch a heart for the campuses near them and desire to partner with Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) to reach unreached students.
Pray for Hilo BCM regarding the lease renewal of their building site, or new possibilities for ministry sites if the lease is not renewed by the state.
Pray as BCM meets the needs of the students who desire to grow in the areas of equipping, discipleship, and leadership.
And as you pray and as you give, consider how your church can reach college students for Christ at a university or community college near you. If you are starting a new ministry to reach people for Christ, you could request funds to enhance and strengthen your mission efforts. Any Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention church can request funds from this offering to strengthen and support the evangelistic and compassion ministries of your church.
Learn more at hpbaptist.net/day-7-baptist-collegiate-ministries-sue-nishikawa-offering/