Because Operation Barnabas is about much more than the three weeks on tour, we are always encouraged when we hear back from our alumni about what God is doing in their lives since OB. Seth Wirt, from New Albany, Ohio, who was on the 2018 SoCal team, sent this recent text to the director of OB and team administrative leader, Timothy Kurtaneck (TK), about how this summer ministry experience has impacted him at home.
“In the time I’ve been home post OB, I’ve started to realize what kind of impact those three weeks had on me. I woke up this morning thinking about my summer experience and with deeper thought realized that in the time since I’ve been home the experiences that I had on that bus this summer have not left my mind for more than 10 minutes at a time. My entire thought process and way that I view my friends and school has changed radically. I have been in my Bible every day, and have been continuing to teach myself about various topics in biblical terms such as biblical masculinity, love, evangelism, and purity. The way that I think is now in more depth and I’m finding opportunities everywhere to start conversations with people.
“After being home, I’ve also taken some time to think about personal happiness and how different and genuine I felt while on OB. I felt and saw God moving by the hour, and I’m super excited and encouraged by the fact that the God I saw in California is still here with me in New Albany. I have also decided that Younglife is going to be the way that I impact my peers. I am starting to make a lot more connections with people there that I hadn’t before the summer, and inviting some friends of my own and using the things I learned to input on conversation at Bible Study.
“Thinking through all this, the statement “the mark of a mature believer is a thankful spirit” came to mind. I still remember the first time I heard you say that while I was sitting at the table closest to the back door in Norwalk’s cafeteria area. So with that, I decided that I would tell you how much the experience I had this summer has affected me, and thank you (or whoever made the decision) for bringing me on the team this summer. I loved our team, I loved our leaders, and most importantly I loved the impact that we were able to make in the SoCal area. I miss most the programs and all those amazing opportunities to make connections and serve. Thank you so much for your dedication to Operation Barnabas, and I pray that God will continue to use me with what I learned this summer. My spirit is thankful. Thank you.”
Cultivating a thankful spirit is just one of the ways students are challenged in their spiritual walk when on Operation Barnabas. Now is the time for students to consider applying for next summer’s OB teams. Information and the online application are on the Operation Barnabas summer ministry website. Who can you encourage to apply for OB 2019?