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Release date:January 15

Baptist Student Ministries plans trip to Kenya

Students from Wayland Baptist University's Baptist Student Ministry are planning a mission trip to Kenya during the summer of 2002.

The trip is a partnership with Texas Baptist Student Ministry, which sends approximately 250 students all over the world annually through semester and summer missions. Students from Wayland will comprise a Special Impact team that will join International Mission Board missionaries in their work in Kenya July 17 to August 11.

According to Donnie Brown, BSM director at Wayland, specific tasks will depend somewhat on talents and interests of the group going, coordinated through the IMB.

"We'll be working in urban ministries with the Nairobi Baptist Association, doing Bible schools, music evangelism, youth ministry and working in Nairobi orphanages," he said. "In suburban areas, we'll be working with the Kiambu Baptist Association in much the same areas. In rural areas, we'll work with the Rift Valley Association and will be doing construction, Bible schools and evangelism."

Brown said 13 students have already expressed interest in going to Kenya. Those students completed surveys on their interests and spiritual gifts, and the International Mission Board will pair the students with specific jobs that need to be done.

The trip originated both with students and with Dr. Vaughn Ross, professor of biological sciences and a former missionary to Kenya. Brown said Ross approached him about taking a group of students to the African nation about the same time another group of students approached him about a mission opportunity.

"A missions group, made up of students who have a heart for missions and feel led in that area, had begun meeting and praying together, and this trip has come about out of that group," Brown said.

Wayland has been in partnership with the Kenya Baptist Theological College for about three years now, offering students there selected basic courses on a twice-yearly basis, taught by WBU professors who visit the country for three weeks. The Special Impact team going next summer will stay at Brackenhurst Baptist International Conference Center, where some classes are taught.

According to Brown, each student participating in the mission trip will need to raise $2,800 for travel, lodging and meal expenses. Many are doing this by asking friends, family and home church members to contribute as well as provide prayer support for the venture.

The BSM also welcomes any donations by others who might be interested in helping to offset costs for the three-week trip. To make contributions, send checks payable to Wayland Baptist Student Ministries to 1900 West Seventh, CMB 368, Plainview, Texas 79072. A receipt will be returned.

For more information, contact Brown at (806) 291-3585.