Testimonials

More recent stories and testimonials can be found on our Facebook page and on the Short-Term Missions & Disaster Response website. If you have a story to share, please let us know so we can post your testimony about how God worked through you at the Boardwalk Chapel!

Stories

Memorials of Past Directors

 

Are you Considering a Summer Mission Trip to the Boardwalk Chapel?

What is unique about serving at the Boardwalk Chapel as a short-term mission trip? It is a reformed, gospel-centered, evangelistic outreach that operates during the summer months in Wildwood, NJ. Not only does the ministry aim at seeking and saving the lost, but another key element is training and encouraging young disciples. How do we do that? Read a note from Pastor Dan Halley, a staff alumni and ministry team leader who served at the Chapel for many summers and helped our ministry grow into what it is today!

Pastor Dan: Personally, the Boardwalk Chapel has been one of the biggest instruments in equipping me to share my faith with the world. The trip is one week long and includes daily devotions, evangelism training, free time, and participation in the nightly outreach program. Each day we work with the Boardwalk Chapel staff to create an evening program that has singing, skits, testimonies, and preaching segments. There are opportunities throughout the day and evening to interact with hundreds of people about the truths of God’s Word. I asked a couple of the high schoolers who have gone on this trip to write a brief letter to you explaining how the trip has impacted them.

Dear friends,

I’ve had the joy of going on the mission trip to the Boardwalk Chapel. The Chapel is literally a chapel on the boardwalk of Wildwood, NJ. As people walk by – hundreds of people a day – we have the opportunity to engage with anyone and everyone in discussions about Heaven and grace, Hell and condemnation, Jesus and forgiveness, God and the gospel. Each morning, we had a Bible study together and each afternoon, we practiced for the evening program and fellowshipped and discussed evangelistic methods. Each night, we participated in the evening programs that the summer staff organized. Out team acted out skits (I stuck green beans up my nose!), sang songs, and shared testimonies. Each night after the evening programs, we split up in groups to hand out tracts or to evangelize on the boardwalk.

In each part of the day of every day, I experience something new. Because I grew up in the church and many of my friends are Christians, I wasn’t really sure how to bring up Jesus Christ to my friends who don’t know Him. I learned a few different methods to evangelism (and conversation starters) and applied them. I wrote out my testimony and presented it to an audience. These skills can and should be used everywhere I go. The Boardwalk Chapel trip helped me to understand that every Christian is a life-long missionary.

If you ever want to learn how to effectively evangelize, you should come to the Boardwalk Chapel. I hope to see you there this summer!

~ Katrina M

Dear friends,

I have been a part of the Boardwalk Chapel missions trip and it has been one of the best and most memorable experiences of my life. The trip gave me an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and share with people who needed Christ just as much as I did (and still do). We evangelized to vacationers on the boardwalk through nightly programs and personal talks where we shared the Gospel and planted seeds. I was exposed to hours of apologetics training and devotions to point others to Christ but also cling onto him tighter myself. This was by far was the most beneficial part if you ask me. Another area that stood out to me was sharing my testimony in front of a bunch of strangers at one of the nightly programs among the singing, skits, and messages.

I highly recommend attending the Boardwalk Chapel to you so that you can have the chance to experience God in a whole new way. Among devotions, training, fun free time – including roller coasters –, programs every night, and evangelizing, a trip has yet to be matched in my book! And it is on the beach! The Boardwalk Chapel was still the highlight of my summer even though I did the whole thing on crutches. I think you would love it!

~ Erin R