Before departing for her first mission trip with 17 other Southwestern Seminary students to Chiang Mai, Thailand, master’s student Lauren Rodriguez prepared for the uncertainty of ministry in a new context. Though she trusted in the work of the Holy Spirit to change lives, she knew she would face the challenges of communicating the Gospel message in a difficult spiritual climate.
But as the Southwestern team focused their evangelism efforts on two local university campuses, July 5-23, Rodriguez found a universal appreciation for music to be a simple yet powerful way to engage with students. …
Following the presentation of the “Jesus” film and other testimonies from Southwestern students, an invitation was given, and 12 people made the decision to surrender their lives to Christ. Reflecting on these and the 18 other salvations from university students, Rodriguez says she is in awe of the way God used them in such a brief time to deliver a life-changing message. “In some ways, we have very little in common with them, but now we are brothers and sisters in Christ,” Rodriguez says. “We now have all this commonality, and we have eternity with these people.” For more from the story from the Thailand mission trip this summer, please visit: swbts.edu/news