Since participating on Operation Barnabas summer ministry experience is not an end result but rather a step in the process, OB participants are encouraged to be involved in the OB Faithfulness Program.
This discipleship program, completed in the five months immediately following the student’s OB tour, involves demonstrating continued faithfulness through personal growth, church involvement, mentoring, and even new ministry development.
Monthly reports are given as students go through an accountability check with a mentor, tracking items like time in the Word, prayer, scripture memory, and ministry/outreach projects. OB students are also encouraged to mentor someone younger so that they can learn how to model Christ to someone less mature in their faith. As a part of the OB Faithfulness Program, each of the students who complete the program receive scholarships from Grace College and Lancaster Bible College for $1,000 per year of schooling, up to $4,000!
The following 2019 Operation Barnabas alumni have received the OB Faithfulness Award:
Abigail Benedict: Connection Christian, York, Pa.
Alexis Black: Community Grace Brethren, Everett, Pa.
Jabon Butler: Martinsburg Grace Brethren, Martinsburg, Pa.
Emily Donat: Grace Fellowship, Pickerington, Ohio
JoAnn Saloga: Liberty Grace, Johnstown, Pa.
Hannah Smith: Grace Polaris, Westerville, Ohio
Brinia Sonner: Brighton Chapel, Howe, Ind.
Audra Sowers: Grace Brethren Church, Pinellas Park, Fla.
Nate St. Luise: Grace Brethren Church, Kenai, Alaska
Joshua Yoder: Grace Polaris, Westerville, Ohio
– from cenational.org