A powerful impact of SU ministry is the way we empower young people for service in the kingdom of God.
Lawson, a team member of the Augusta Turner Family Festival with his family since 2013 began his connection with SU by attending a camp and Leavers in 2012. “I was encouraged by the leaders to take my faith more seriously and saw how God uses camp communities to build up his church”. “Those ten days in January are always a highlight of my year because of how our team pulls together to pull off such a jam-packed and Jesus-proclaiming program”. Lawson has learned skills in how to share his faith with young people and their families in a practical way. “Beach mission provides an amazing opportunity for me to see how God uses our team for his glory. I’m reminded of just how needy people are for Jesus, no matter if they live in a 3rd world country or the blissful South-West”. As a youth leader, his SU experience has helped him assess his leadership style under stress and taught him how to delegate.
“I’ve learned that saying “YES” to scary new challenges is the way to go! Sharing the Good News and being comfortable often do not go hand-in-hand. I learn the most and I’m at my most productive for the Gospel, when I stop doing just what is easy and jump into the deep end”.