NATIONWIDE – Christian youth have the opportunity to be an international missionary without leaving home.
The Universal Pen Pal Project of the Fellowship of Baptist Educators is an organization sponsored by the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board. This group is recruiting junior and senior high school students in the United States to be pen pals with same-age students in other countries, especially nations where missionary activity is restricted.
“It’s exciting to hear from students here how much they have learned from being a pen pal,” said Kellie Ziesemer, program coordinator. “And of course the students in other nations are always fascinated to learn all they can about America, and to work on their English language skills.”
The pen pals communicate via the internet, social networking or through traditional postal service.
Through this program, which started in 1991 as Christian Corresponders, many thousands of young people have been a Christian influence in the lives of their international pen pals, Ziesemer said.
“Our hope is that we have many Christian youth who would like to have the opportunity to be a ‘missionary’ to that new friend they’ve made in another country from the keyboard of their computer,” Ziesemer said. “Please help spread the word to the young people of your churches. Pass on my contact information to the leaders of your 7th through 12th grade youth: Kellie Ziesemer, firstname.lastname@example.org or 513.732.2111.”
Ziesemer, who lives in southwestern Ohio, expressed interest in speaking at youth gatherings about the pen pal project and missionary opportunity it provides. Contact her as given above.
“God is blessed when we work together to bring Him honor and glory,” Ziesemer continued.
“Your students will be blessed and their lives enriched by their contact with students their age from another country.”