Shining Through Summer Missions

Even though we strive to let our light shine throughout the year, the summer months provide unique opportunities to creatively bless others and share the gospel.

Sometimes summer missions involves reaching out to children in our community through Backyard Bible Clubs and Vacation Bible School. Sometimes it means traveling to another country to tackle a specific project to help a ministry spread the gospel.

I love summer at my church. From VBS to short-term trips, there are a variety of missions opportunities available for families and individuals of all ages.

I am most excited about a project our myMISSION group is doing—providing food for a staff appreciation event at Cedar Lake Lodge, a local facility for intellectually disabled adults.

A lot of people are uncomfortable around people with intellectual disabilities, but the staff at Cedar Lake goes above and beyond in providing care and quality of life to the residents. Once a year, we get a chance to show our appreciation to the staff through a family picnic. Our group is planning a nacho bar to serve about 200 people. Groups from other churches will provide entertainment and games with fun prizes.

This is the second year we have participated in this event. This year we have stronger relationships with the staff and a better understanding of how the event works.

I am so excited to bless these people who are constantly being a blessing to others. It will also be an opportunity to involve other young women in our church who have never been involved with myMISSION before.

Summer missions projects can take weeks of preparation and only hours to complete . . . and the response may be overwhelmingly positive or lukewarm. But every opportunity we take to shine our light is another opportunity for someone to glorify God (Matt. 5:16).

How are you shining for Jesus this summer?


Amanda-Grace Schultz holds a master’s degree in theology from Campbellsville University and is passionate about missions education and discipleship.








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