By Carrie McGuffin and Aaron Weaver
Committed to a symbiotic model of missions, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship partner Passport, Inc., connected with 16 local agencies and organizations alongside CBF field personnel during the summer of 2016.
With camps in Danville and Lynchburg, Va.; Greensboro, N.C.; Spartanburg, S.C.; Crossville, Tenn.; Brownwood, Texas; and MissionBASE trips in Atlanta, students spent more than 28,000 hours putting their faith to action rehabbing homes, providing maintenance on churches, leading summer literacy and academic readiness programs and tending to a community garden.
The MissionBASE program brought 260 participants from 15 churches to assist CBF field personnel Trey Lyon with six weeks of literacy and leadership programs at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Atlanta.
“Our summer literacy programs are largely supported by MissionBASE volunteers,” Lyon said. “MissionBASE is a unique opportunity for neighborhood children in Southeast Atlanta and churches from around the country to learn from one another and love each other like Jesus loves.”
Passport students also had the opportunity to work alongside
members of Grace and Main, an intentional community led by CBF field personnel Jessica and Joshua Hearne in Danville, Va., tending to their community garden, clearing land for a garden expansion and organizing a furniture warehouse.
“Our community’s leaders look forward to the PASSPORT weeks because of the eager, bright faces of youth who not only want to do the work of the Kingdom of God, but who are also still exploring what it looks like to follow Jesus in a changing world,” Joshua Hearne said.
Along with the work of missions, campers engaged in nearly 44,000 hours of discipleship, including hours each day spent together in Bible Study groups and time spent by PASSPORTchoices campers exploring how their individual interests and passions impact their Christian identity and their role in the Kingdom.
Campers also had the opportunity each week to give to support the CBF Offering for Global Missions, an opportunity that is part of the long-standing partnership between Passport, Inc. and the Fellowship.
“Birthed out of the theological and missional heart of CBF, PASSPORT has a long-standing history of committed partnership,” said Colleen Burroughs, vice president of communications for Passport, Inc. “For 24 years, we have been educating and training future faith leaders, who now serve in positions as CBF leaders around the world. And over those years, we are excited to have raised more than $700,000 for CBF Global Missions.”
This support is crucial to the work of CBF Global Missions and, in 2016, campers contributed $39,189 to support CBF field personnel. This partnership is an amazing example of the full body of Christ, from young to old, coming together to renew God’s world and do Kingdom work.
CBF is a Christian Network that helps people put their faith to practice through ministry efforts, global missions and a broad community of support. The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.