Since participating on Operation Barnabas is not an end result but rather a step in the process, we encourage OB participants to be involved in the OB Faithfulness Program.
This ten month discipleship program, completed the year immediately following the student’s summer on OB, involves being mentored and being accountable to a responsible spiritual adult in the church, as well as mentoring a younger student.
We are pleased to announce the following 2013 Operation Barnabas alumni have received the OB Faithfulness Award.
Rachel Adams, Alexandria Grace Brethren Church, Alexandria, VA
Moriah Conant, Liberty Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, PA
Abbygail Fisher, Grace Polaris Church, Worthington, OH
Olivia Fisher, Community Grace, Warsaw, IN
Hannah Fu, Grace Community Frederick, Frederick, MD
Kaylyn Karmie, Canton Grace Brethren Church, Canton, OH
Rebecca Kovatch, Delaware Grace Brethren Church, Delaware, OH
Chelsea Rutt, Grace Church of Lititz, Lititz, PA
Josh Smith, Grace Polaris Church, Worthington, OH
Kahler Snow, Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, IN
Abby Strausbaugh, Ashland Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, OH
Students meet at least once every two weeks with their discipleship partner to go through an “accountability” chart for spiritual goals. This includes items such as going through discipleship materials and journaling, church attendance, time in the Bible/prayer/using OnTrack Devotions, scripture memory, and ministry/outreach projects.
The OB student also mentors someone younger so that they can learn how to model Christ to someone less mature in their faith.
Reports are sent in bimonthly, tracking the progress the students are making. At the end of the ten months, references are sent to both the discipleship leader and pastor. If both give their recommendation and endorse this student, the OBer then receives a certificate stating that he/she has received the “Operation Barnabas Faithfulness Award.”
Interested in learning more about Operation Barnabas or sharing our ministry with others? Check out our website operationbarnabas.net to view our brand new promotional video, download an information handout, or print off applications for OB 2015. The preliminary application deadline is November 19, 2014.