Alabama students experience life-changing, ‘eye-opening’ summer on mission

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Jacob Novak only has one semester left before he graduates from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The whole time he’s been there, he’s been a commuter student.

But this semester is different — he moved on campus for the first time.

It’s because he spent his summer doing missions in Boston with the North American Mission Board’s GenSend program.

Serving there “really influenced how I think of sharing the gospel,” Novak said.

Because people in Boston are often closed off to the gospel message, NAMB church planters in the city focus on friendship evangelism, he noted.

“To be most effective with the time and resources that we have, we focused on building friendships with people, actually getting to know them and then speaking the gospel into their specific context,” Novak explained. “I think that just really changed my view of how to reach college students.”

And he decided he needed to spend his last semester in the dorm…continued.

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