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Steinbach Bible College's Mission Exposure is giving students in their second-year of studies the opportunity to connect with their Northern Manitoba brothers, sisters and friends.

 Gord Penner, Professor at SBC explains that Mission Exposure started at SBC in 1997 when former President Stan Plett thought students needed to get off campus instead of just sitting on campus and having mission reps coming to them. That year all their second and third-year students went to Northern Manitoba while their first-year students ministered in Winnipeg's inner city to serve.

"It began with a dream that my parents had. My parents were serving in the north for most of their lives - Bill and Anna Penner, they wanted to see our students getting a chance to meet their friends in the north and be introduced to ministry up there."

Penner said that as he counted students who were getting ready to embark on the northern journey, the count is at over 600 students that have gone up to the north. They live in the homes and love and serve the people.

MissionX2, as it is called, leaves an impact on the students and they reflect back on their mission trip up north in their graduation speeches. They talk about the joy and love of serving the people of the north, that they hadn't known before. "It's been very impactful to the students," Penner said.

One of the students, Carmen, said that this mission trip is going to be different for her. "We're not really going in there with any kind of fixed agenda of stuff to do, activities," she said, "We're just kind of going with open hearts and see what kinds of opportunities the Holy Spirit brings. That's going to be different and good."

Penner said that 37students are taking part in MissionX and it's their biggest one yet. First, they go up to Thompson for orientation and from there, they go to nine different communities in groups of four. Each group will then serve alongside the believers in the communities. The mission trip is seven days.

Nikki, a student, said that "Mission Exposure is just such a great opportunity....this is my third time getting to do one of these MissionX trips."

Nikki said she's really excited about this mission trip as its going to be very different from the others. "We're just going in to join these communities in the things that they're already doing and what God's already doing in these communities."  

Penner said that they covet our prayers as they prepare for this trip for a life-changing week. 


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