Summer is for Sending: Summer LINK 2015 Update (10 Week Locations)
The summer is one of the most exciting times in the year for Generation LINK. This summer, Generation LINK sent over 100 participants on 11 summer missions teams to advance the gospel throughout the world through our summer missions opportunity called Summer LINK. These teams have scattered to serve through local churches in locations such as Boston, Seattle, Raleigh, India and many more places in desperate need of the gospel.
Over the next few weeks, we will give you a glimpse into the Kingdom work that God is doing through Summer LINK. This week our focus is on our 10-week national opportunities in Raleigh (NC), Clemson (SC), Anderson (SC) and Greenville (SC).
Summer LINK Raleigh
The Summer LINK Raleigh team is advancing the gospel through Open Door Church under the leadership of Generation LINK Raleigh Area Director, Michael Guyer. The Summer LINK Raleigh team consists of 10 participants, each of whom are being discipled and equipped to serve the church in various ministries.
At the outset of the summer, Michael Guyer invited believers to pray with him for God to bear fruit in and through his team this summer. Not surprisingly, we have seen God answering our prayers and we trust him to do greater things than we have asked or imagined!
One Summer LINK Raleigh participant, Kayla Raegan, testified of a high school girl repenting of her sin and believing the gospel while at Creed Camp. Additionally, the Summer LINK Raleigh team spent a week in Boston to help NACPF partner Redemption Hill Church with a local outreach called Soccer Nights. Overall, the Summer LINK Raleigh team is growing together in the Lord and is effectively advancing the gospel both in Raleigh and abroad!
Summer LINK Clemson
The Summer LINK Clemson team serves together through Crosspoint Church where they are led by Crosspoint’s Director of Operations, Will Jackson, and his wife Kim. Summer LINK Clemson has 16 participants that serve through various ministries such as college, youth and local missions. As Summer LINK Clemson participant Emily Taylor describes, the team has been studying through the book of Ephesians during their Bible study as well as reading and discussing Thabiti Anyabwile’s book, What is a Healthy Church Member?
Philip Wilson, a Summer LINK Clemson participant and junior at Clemson University, says discipleship has been one of the greatest highlights of the summer so far. He, like many on the team, has experienced great growth in his relationship with Christ through weekly, intentional discipleship with a mentor.
The Summer LINK Clemson team is currently assisting Crosspoint in executing a citywide outreach called “Hope for Clemson.” Additionally, most of the Summer LINK Clemson team will be traveling up to Boston in two weeks to serve alongside Redemption Hill Church for their weeklong citywide outreach called “Serve Medford.” This team is focused on finishing Summer LINK well, and their labor will undoubtedly continue to bear fruit long after the summer has passed.
Summer LINK Anderson
The Summer LINK Anderson team, led by Generation LINK Residents Ethan and Ceci Pierce, is serving through Renewal Church of Anderson. In her first week recap, Ceci Pierce described how this team quickly experienced depth and unity right from the start, which has certainly led to fruitful ministry this summer.
The Summer LINK Anderson participants have been rejoicing at how God has been equipping them to make disciples and multiply leaders through Back Yard Kid’s Clubs, block parties and incredible training from Renewal’s church staff. In the words of Summer LINK Anderson participants Shelby Kelly and Katherine Bowers, “we have learned how vital it is to be a church that says, ‘we’re coming to you,’ as a reflection of the Gospel because it allows us to meet people where they are.”
Just last week, the Summer LINK Anderson team traveled to Johns Creek, Georgia, in order to serve the church planters of NACPF partner Redemption Baptist Fellowship (RBF). Each day the team scattered throughout the city in order to inform people about the upcoming church plant and to share the gospel. While spreading awareness of RBF, they encountered a Hindu man who heard the gospel and expressed interest in learning more about God and his word. Let’s join Summer LINK Anderson and RBF in praying for this man and the many others in John’s Creek who desperately need the gospel.
Summer LINK Greenville
The Summer LINK Greenville team consists of three participants led by Aaron Markham. The unique thing about this team is that three of the four participants serve together at The Church at Cherrydale (TCC), while one participant serves at TCC’s church plant, The Church at Greer Station.
One of Summer LINK Greenville’s focuses has been to grow in love for Christ as they study the Gospel of John. Summer LINK Greenville participant Austin Cartee has been learning more and more about what it means to serve well. He has learned that to serve well means to serve with excellence and joy, which is only made possible by yielding to God and relying upon him for strength.
It is exciting to see Summer LINK Greenville display what can happen when Generation LINK serves churches that plant churches. Lord willing, we will see many more churches serve and be served through partnership within Generation LINK.
Please pray for these Summer LINK participants and their respective churches as they seek to finish the summer well. Be on the lookout for next week’s post, which will highlight our 6-week national opportunities. In the mean time, you can witness much of the action through Instagram by searching #summerlink15.
Now go make disciples!
About Generation LINK
Generation LINK is an intensive discipleship program owned and operated by local churches through national and international partnership. Generation LINK trains students and post graduates through the local church to be life-long disciple makers, whether as future pastors, church planters, missionaries, or men and women in the marketplace. To learn more about Generation LINK, please visit generationlink.org.