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San Antonio Student Mission Trip

Updated: Mar 27

by Chris Watkins - Student Minister

Over Spring Break a group of eight of our students departed from Mustang to head to San Antonio, TX. This trip consisted of partnerships with a ministry called H.I.S. Bridge Builders of San Antonio and with a church named Genesis Baptist. Both partnerships allowed for our students to experience new opportunities to expand their worldview and break out of their comfort zones.

With H.I.S. Bridge Builders we were trained in the importance of prayer and sharing the Gospel. This ministry scheduled our mornings while in San Antonio to proclaim Jesus in this area of our nation. Tuesday we were able to go to San Antonio College (SAC). This community college is in the middle of an area of San Antonio that is desperate for the hope that only Jesus can offer. Our drive into the campus led on a road that is the Pride district of San Antonio which is one block from the parking garage of the school. Our high school students were given the opportunity to congregate and spread out amongst the courtyard outside the student union where we were able to have gospel conversations with students and professors as they walked by. God used our students and the group we were with to boldly share Jesus with many and give confidence to the students that know Jesus to share the gospel. Many students we came across either had no understanding of who Jesus truly is or came from backgrounds of works-based theology.

Wednesday we were able to partner through Bridge Builders with Harpers Chapel in the 78207 zip code in San Antonio. This zip code is home to the projects and housing wards. Nearly half the adults do not have a high school diploma, many are homeless, or find themselves in situations of addiction and abuse. It is high in unemployment and 2nd most hungry zip code in the nation. The ministry of Harpers Chapel provides a food bank, medical needs, employment opportunities, clothes, vet care for animals, socks and underwear for the homeless, etc. This ministry is out of Harpers Chapel every Wednesday for this community. Our students were able to assist this ministry by living out the gospel in our conversations and being the hands and feet serving this people group that is in need of hope and joy.

Thursday, as we were wrapping up our time in San Antonio, we were able to prayer walk around the neighborhood where H.I.S. Bridge Builders has been located for nearly 20 years. This allowed for our time with Bridge Builders to give our students the experience of the Gospel being shared, lived and prayed for.

Our time on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon we spent with Genesis Baptist Church’s Pastor Edward and an apartment complex around the corner from the church. The apartment complex has a high turnover rate with their tenants and administration. We went expecting a good number of children, but instead were met by the few kids and families that God had planned for us to interact with. We were able to apply the things Bridge Builders had trained us with to share the gospel with the kids and teenagers that came to the courts, but also the grandparents and relatives that came to the basketball courts with them. Many that came had no church background and so we were able to share Jesus, but also point them to a church that will be there for them and love them through the things they are having to go through in this life.

Church if you can help with the following:

●     Pray for our students as they continue to live out being ambassadors for Christ.

○ 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 “ Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

●     Set an example in all areas for our students to follow. Be clear in our speech, bold in sharing the gospel and unashamed to live a life that Christ has called us to live.

○     Colossians 4:2-6 “ Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

○     Ephesians 6:18-19 “ praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,

○     Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

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