One aspect of the Barnabas Mission is to develop a new generation of Christians who are excited about becoming involved in God's mission. It has been a pleasure to partner with Abilene Christian University, (ACU), and the Worldwide Witness program! ACU has studied the effectiveness of short-term missions and concluded that the best benefit is gained both in the field and in the lives of the students when certain requirements are met. Those who enroll in this ministry internship are required to meet such standards, including a Spring semester course, specific readings, a minimum of 6 weeks field experience, and follow-up after the summer. In addition, each participant in the PNG trip is required to go through a weekend field training experience near Abilene, as we "rough it" and practice extemporaneous teaching and preaching, which will certainly be a part of our work in PNG!
For a first-hand account of how the internship in Papua New Guinea has had an affect on three students, click here. This will allow you to hear from these students directly.
May God bless you as you minister where you are today!