BSM’s Beach Reach By: Gretchen Lumpkin

Hardin-Simmons University’s Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) is off again to South Padre Island in South Texas for its annual student mission trip this Spring Break, Mar. 14-18.


It has become a BSM tradition to drive down to the beaches of South Padre, serve and evangelize to the many college students that celebrate Spring Break there, many of them lost spiritually. Partnering with other Baptist Student Ministries, the team will spend the week sharing the Gospel with college students, serving pancakes and offering van rides back to hotels to prevent any drunk driving from taking place.


Members of the BSM are especially excited to make the trip this year since the cancellation of the 2021 event because of the high-risk of COVID-19 in the area. Fortunately, the team was still able to serve in the Abilene area with local churches, but the thrill and desire to share the Gospel to college students on the beach was still there.


The Baptist Student Ministry has been serving South Padre since 1980. “Texas BSM exists to engage college students to follow Christ and transform the world. College students are the most moldable, trainable and sendable demographic on the planet, and it is our calling to make sure the 1.6 million college students in Texas have an opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel,” wrote the Texas Baptist Association on their main web page.


About a dozen Hardin-Simmons students will participate this year on the annual Spring Break mission trip. The BSM asks that you please keep them in their prayers as they travel, and pray for opportunities to share the Gospel and be a light in the lives of young adults..