So, last summer I attended the Interface programme run by New Tribes Mission. It is a trip I had heard of for many years, which is promoted at the REACH conference. Although it looked and sounded great, it was never something I thought I could realistically spend my summer doing as summer is always a busy time of the year with many other Gospel opportunities. Another big hindrance for me was the price, which if you are a young person reading this now, may be the same roadblock. However, at the REACH conference last year, I was gently encouraged by a missionary friend to look into going. After the weekend, I got in contact with the mission and started asking questions. After some time thinking and praying about it, I decided to go through with it.
Oh, how thankful I am to be encouraged by that missionary friend to go! What a blessing the trip has been to me. Not only did I (along with those also attending Interface) have a great time making new friends, we also received solid Bible teaching. We had the privilege of being taught by missionaries who had themselves been on the field. They shared about the struggles they faced, and what it is like to be a missionary in the deepest parts of the jungle today. One of my highlights of Interface(though there were many) was at the end when we went on a side trip for several days.
There we met the believers at an established church where one of the Interface staff had spent many years as a missionary. Going to Interface has shown me first-hand the desperate need of getting the Gospel to those who have never heard.
If you are young and wondering what to do in the summer, I highly recommend going to Interface. No doubt, you will have a summer that will impact you in a big way.