“But now it’s more about it being the right thing for God,” Bailey said. “He is the one sending me over to England. He is the one that is laying it on people’s heart to raise money to help me to go. This is all about Him and what He wants.”
Bailey said after working several summers at Dorroh Lake Baptist Assembly Camps in Bellefontaine, she feels led by God to expand her mission work. Bailey is a member of First Baptist Church of Eupora.
“This trip is my first stop in what I hope to be a long mission journey for God,” Bailey said. “I want to go to England so I can learn what it really is like to help lead and encourage people in their walk with God. I want to learn to share with others what God has gifted me. This trip is about delivering the gift that God has given us all a long time ago.”
It was last summer when Bailey truly realized she felt a calling to England.
“This was before I knew the college I was going to had a Baptist Student Union that was going (to London, England),” Bailey said. “God made it work out perfectly. The more I hear about England and what they believe about Christianity the more anxious I get about going.”
“Each year, Baptist Student Unions from across our state send out students to share the gospel of Jesus,” said Rev. Travis Gray, pastor of First Baptist Church of Eupora. “It requires that they sacrifice their time, use their talents, and raise their own support. The students would tell you that the sacrifice is small in comparison to seeing the reward of lives being changed eternally. Katie Bailey will be one of those students who will travel to England during the month of May. Katie has a heart to serve her Lord and the people she comes in contact with. She will represent her BSU, her church and her Lord in a mighty way. Keep her in your prayers as she travels to share the love of Jesus.”
The Pearl River Community College BSU Mission Trip is set for May 9-19. Bailey will be working in a group of seven college students traveling to Grantham, England, which is about an hour or two outside of London.
Bailey said the group will be working on an estate, which is like an apartment complex that is run by the government. The group will be doing everyday things, such as helping people fix things around the house. At the end of the week, the group will be host a Vacation Bible School-type carnival at the local school to provide an opportunity to invite children and their families to church the next Sunday. The group will be working with a church planter in that area to reach the community and begin a new church.
Dr. Stan Davis, director of the Pearl River Community College Baptist Student Union, said this is the third year for the Baptist Student Union at Pearl River Community College to take a student team to London to work with other evangelical churches in the area.
“We are looking forward to working in the area to share the message of Christ’s love and forgiveness,” Davis said. “This year, we have a team of seven who will be serving from PRCC. I am very excited Katie is a part of the team. She has been excited about the opportunity ever since we began the application process!”
For more information about Bailey’s trip to Grantham, England, go to http://www.prccbsu.net/missions.html.
See this story in the May 1, 2014 edition of The Webster Progress Times at http://websterprogresstimes.com/2014/05/01/fbc-eupora-member-to-take-mission-trip/
Portions of this article were used in the April 24, 2014 edition of First Baptist Church of Eupora’s weekly newsletter at BR Newsletter 4-24-14