For 41 years, God has been using CE National’s Operation Barnabas to provide students with an opportunity to mature in their faith, develop their spiritual gifts, and learn to live on mission for Christ. OB is a seven-week ministry for high school students that equips “students to share their faith, perform in music, dance, drama, share their testimonies, be actively engaged in a discipleship group, and serve alongside local churches.”
Perhaps one of the most powerful aspects of OB is the bond forged among team members and leaders. Let’s be honest; it can be difficult at any age to feel surrounded by others who are “running the race” alongside of us. So, for a high school student, spending one summer on mission for Christ and living in community with others dedicated to the same cause can have a life-long impact on their perspective of what it looks like to “take up your cross daily and follow [Jesus].”
If you are (or know of) a student in high school (10th-12th grade) who loves Jesus and is passionate about learning what it means to live on mission for the Kingdom of Christ, check out the video below and visit the Operation Barnabas website to learn more. Maybe OB is for you.
So, who was Barnabas?
The Church in Antioch: Acts 11:19-26
Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Anitoch, speaking the word to no one except Jews. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Hellenists also, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number who believed turned to the Lord. The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.
When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.
So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.
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