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The Bicol Bulletin
Volume 1, Issue 5 - August 2003
Go--Unless You Want Your Life to Change Forever" by Wade Allen
These were the words spoken to Joanna just before she left
as a Volunteer Student Missionary (VSM) in 1991. She had just completed her
first year of college at Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas, and felt
that God wanted her to do something “significant” with her summer. She
completed the application for VSM and requested to be with Missionaries Doyle
and Linda Moore in the Philippines—then came the arduous task of raising funds.
There were many churches and individuals that contributed, and Joanna spent many
nights and weekends babysitting to save money for the trip. Joanna remembers,
“I went to the Philippines not knowing what to expect. I came home after 8
weeks, but my heart stayed there. I knew at that point that God wanted me to
return to the Philippines someday.”
In the fall of 1991, I moved into the dorm at Central
Baptist College to begin my freshmen year. The next evening, Joanna and I went
out on our first date. It was also that fall that I had my first experience on
the mission field by going with my father on a work crew to Mexico. As Joanna
and I continued to date, we began to talk about our future plans and she shared
with me her desire to be a missionary. I loved being on the mission field! So
to better seek God’s will, I also applied to be a VSM. I went to the
Philippines for 10 weeks the summer of 1993. After much prayer and seeking
God’s will, we both felt that God had brought us together to better serve Him—
and we felt that He would someday lead us back to serve together in the
month, we were blessed to be a part of one of the VSM Team trips here to the
Philippines. The team consisted of team leaders T.J. and Jenni Johnson and team
members Candi Bryan, Haley Bryan, Amber Crockett, Michelle Martin, Ashley
Puckett, and Aaron Williams. This team exhibited an excellent attitude and
spirit of servant hood. It was a special treat for us to be a part of this
team because two of the members, Amber and Michelle were from Joanna’s home
church, Antioch Baptist Church in Conway, Arkansas. These two young ladies were
also elementary students when I served as the children’s minister at Antioch.
What is even more amazing is that Michelle was one of the children Joanna spent
time babysitting in order to raise money for her VSM trip twelve years ago.
Ironically, Michelle raised much of her funds in the same way. I wonder if one
of those children will be a future Volunteer Student Missionary?
"What Are You Doing Next Summer?"
by Scott Attebery, Department of Church Ministries
Students have been asked this question at SOAR for the
past two years. Many students might answer, “baseball, vacation, swimming,”
etc. However, several answered that question a bit differently. They chose
instead to join Team VSM to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth!
Missions seeks to place six to eight high school and college students
with a team leader for two weeks in the summer doing
hands-on mission work with one of our
BMA missionaries. (No vacations here!) Before the trip, students must
attend a three day training called Bootcamp where they learn skills for
spiritual, emotional and physical challenges that may present themselves on
the mission field. Three years ago when VSM began, six students traveled to
the Philippines. This year over 60 students and leaders are being sent to
destinations such as Hawaii, Honduras, Cape Verde, Ghana, Ukraine and the
The objective of VSM is threefold. First, we hope to
instill in our students God’s passion for reaching the nations. Second, we
hope to rise up a generation of future full-time missionaries by giving the
students a realistic understanding of mission work and an understanding of
the responsibility of every believer to carry the gospel to the nations.
Third, we want to give the students an opportunity to spread God’s glory to
the nations on a very up-close and personal level.
You too can get involved in VSM. You can pray for our
students and team leaders, missionaries and the people we will meet. We need
qualified team leaders for our VSM teams. You do not have to be a
minister—you just have to have a heart for the lost and for the youth of our
nation. For more information about VSM, you can contact Jenni Johnson, VSM
Director, at (870) 231-5376 or online at
So, what are you doing
Special Points of Interest
Missionary Dar Lee's first
experience in the Philippines was as a VSM with Missionaries Doyle and Linda
Missionary Robert Murphy first came
to the Philippines with a short-term missions team.
Students have the opportunity to be
a part of either a two week VSM Team missions trip, or they can apply to be a
VSM for the summer (six to eight weeks) to serve with BMAA International
Please pray for:
Opportunities to share the gospel and to begin having evangelistic Bible
studies in the homes of friends.
Our family here and at home in the US.
Our vehicle in the US to sell.
Thank God for:
Continued progress in language learning.
Safety as we have been traveling and during the attempted coup in July.
The strengthening of friendships with Filipinos who seem interested in the
For More Information Contact:
BMAA Missions in the Philippines
PO Box 30910, Little Rock, Arkansas 72260-0016 USA