Since 1974, the Operation Barnabas ministry has sent out summer teams of high school students to serve and encourage individuals and churches. OB’s rich history has seen a number of the alums go into full time vocational ministry. However, many of the skills learned on Operation Barnabas can be used in any occupation for the glory of God! We recently asked our alumni to respond to these two questions: What is your current occupation and what did you learn on OB that has been vital to get you where you are now?
Here is what a few of the alumni from Operation Barnabas 1991 had to say:
Lori Luna Bush: Manager of a government office
How to share Christ with others. Even though it has been years. the things I learned have never gone away. Even all the verses we memorized.
Andy Jentes: Customer Technical Support for Accelerated Christian Education
I learned that God is bigger than ANY plan I can ever have and my joy comes in finding the place He has for me in His plan.
Dan Eshleman: Construction Project Manager
During a clown routine (I was horrible at this) I realized it wasn’t about me or what I wanted or even what I was comfortable doing. I jumped on a chair, scared myself half to death, almost broke my leg but these little kids laughed hysterically at the clown. I realized God can use me no matter what if I just do what He asks, even if it is scary to me.
Brian Charles Johnson: Financial Analyst/Accountant
Being thankful for everything and sincerely appreciating the generosity of others. (My luggage was lost during tour, which was a bit daunting, but God provided what was needed.)
Heather Hanft Pfeifer: Historical Interpreter at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
God has a plan for our lives and He will direct our paths. Even if we want that path to show itself sooner rather than later, we cannot rush God’s timing.
Jason Fallin: Completing a Ph.D in Theology and Culture
It was a definitive link in the chain of my formation. Among the vital dispositions OB instilled in me was a love for and a recognition of my need for Christian community.
Anna Rybarik Baden: Teaching in a Christian School
I still use some of the games we learned with my classes as well as some of the songs. I have taught one of my classes a speech choir that I orchestrated. But the most valuable skill has been discipleship.
Travis A. Simmons: 1st Lt/Paramedic Roanoke Fire EMS (20 years)
OB mostly taught me prayer and patience and God will get you where you’re going.
I’ve never been further from home than when I was on OB. I was scared and homesick as anyone has ever been. I went anyway and was blessed beyond compare.
I didn’t get hired when I wanted to, I couldn’t find my wife when I wanted to, I couldn’t buy the house I wanted, etc. etc. Fortunately, I waited and listened for His plan and now I have a job I love, a beautiful home, an amazing wife, and 4 beautiful children!!!!
The training and equipping students receive as a part of Operation Barnabas can have a lasting impact in their lives. Applications for next summer can be found at apply.operationbarnabas.net. Who do you know that you can encourage to apply for Operation Barnabas 2020?