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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Connections: Katie Long

Living for a Greater Cause

Katie Long was recognized by Student Missions Director Steve Pulis at the 2009 General Council in Orlando, Fla., as Campus Missionary of the Year. On Course Managing Editor Amber Weigand-Buckley spoke to Long, from Faith Assembly of God in Joplin, Mo., regarding her commitment to reach her high school for the cause of Jesus Christ.

ON COURSE: When did you and what made you decide to become a campus missionary?
I became aware of Youth Alive (YA) the last semester of my eighth grade year, when I felt the need to start a Bible club at my school. I was 13 at the time. My previous years of middle school were spent in the “in” crowd, pretending to be someone I was not. Those are 3½ years that I regret.

At that time, I was faced with the decision to either continue walking with what I’d always held on to, or walk to the place I knew I needed to be. This is where the Lord called me to do something more than ordinary. My heart opened and filled with love for my school. I had no idea what I was doing, but I did know that campus missions was the very purpose of my life.

OC: What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome as a campus missionary?
Definitely starting the YA club up for the first time. I had to speak with the principal and superintendent, and find a classroom and a teacher to sponsor the club. After everything was set up, we began our meetings. Everything started to flow pretty great after that!

After our first year, I decided to have an end-of-the-year lock-in for the YA students. People thought it was a great idea, but it was pretty chaotic too. We had games, lots of snacks and a little service. It cost a lot of money, but the Lord provided the funds and the people to help out. I am so thankful for that night and everything that God did for us.

OC: What have been your most valuable resources as a campus missionary?
Of course the Youth Alive Web site,, has been an amazing resource to use. The Fire Bible’s Fire Starters are my secret weapon — they’re wonderful tools.

As a campus missionary, it is vital to have people who are supporting you; if not, it is very challenging to do your very best. My church staff is a huge help. They order Bibles, books and snacks for our club. Bradley Keller, Southern Missouri Youth Alive missionary, has always encouraged me along with my youth pastors.

OC: Why is being a campus missionary an important part of your everyday life, and how do you see it framing your future?
Campus missions is not just being a missionary during weekly meetings, but every day in front of everyone. Every morning during the school year is my chance to look sin in the face and not be afraid. Being a CM has made me realize that I will forever have a heart for schools, even after I graduate. God has called me into full-time vocational ministry. My passion is to encourage and challenge students wherever God takes me.

OC: Any other thoughts you’d like to say to this generation about campus missions?
I don’t claim to be anyone besides a girl who lives in a town where cows outnumber people. My school has 300 students. My heart is for my school, and I only pray that other students will see the need in their schools and take a stand.

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