“MH College, you are sent out.” You hear it at the end of every MH College Live, but why? Why do we keep telling you this? There has to be some incredibly important reason, right? Yes, there is. It’s because you, college student, are what I will now refer to as the most “sendable” people on the planet.
Think about it. Most of you probably have more flexibility in your lives than you ever have had or will have. You’re typically making decisions that affect only you. You are going to spend four years in college (well, maybe five or six years—no judgment). You have so much opportunity to take the gospel to your campus. You have four or more summers during your college career that could be leveraged for the kingdom of God. Then you’re probably going to get a job. After all, isn’t that what you’ve been preparing for, studying for, and going to 8:00 a.m.’s for?
Plus, you’re a disciple of Jesus, which, by virtue of John 20:21 (“Jesus said to them [the disciples] again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you’”), means you are “sendable.”
Most of the largest missions movements in our nation’s history started with and were carried by college students. The Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions (SVM) was founded in 1886. Over the next fifty years, the SVM sent out 20,000 students. At the time, one out of every thirty-seven college students signed a declaration stating they wanted to live their lives taking the gospel to a foreign context. Their goal was “the evangelization of the world in this generation.”
The same opportunity stands before us now: the evangelization of the world in this generation. You’re going to leave college eventually, so we want you to consider being sent now. Here’s what it looks like:
1. Leading on Your Campus
Here’s how you start. You don’t have to leave your own campus to be sent. You’re there because the Lord has already sent you. Be faithful where you already are. You already belong to a community that needs to hear the gospel. Your time in college can be used so that God is glorified, others on your campus are saved, and you are trained to live a sent life. You need to become a leader. Click here to apply today!
2. Leveraging One Summer
Over the past five summers, we have sent 140 college students to the Triad and the world through the SENT Initiative. College students year after year spend their summers growing as disciples and leaders while taking the gospel to New York City, Greensboro, and the world through City Project. Students have also been pushed to see their jobs and careers as opportunities to advance the kingdom of God in cities across the globe through City Life. Finally, we send students overseas for two months to labor alongside partners on the ground to get a glimpse of what it might be like to live overseas long-term through Second City. For more information and to apply today, click here!
3. Leveraging Your First Two Years after College
Let’s face it. You’re going to have to do something after you graduate. Why not think strategically about where you’re going to go or how you’re going to stay? Maybe over your time in college you’ve fallen in love with living missionally on your college campus; consider becoming a college resident. You just got a degree that you you’re going to want to use; consider finding a job where you know there will be a healthy gospel-centered church by joining a church plant’s launch team. Through summer projects you have seen the need for taking the gospel to the nations that God might be glorified; consider moving overseas after graduation. For more information, click here and check out “After College”!
-Greta Griswold (MH College Team)