During a leadership training meeting held at Strong Rock Camp, TMU student Tristin Jewell was presented with a $10,000 check from Emmanuel Baptist Church of Blackshear, GA, to help pay student loans. Pastor Mike Stone, said, “We’re so proud of how God has been using Tristin as an intern through our student ministry. He is a faithful member at our church and is preparing for a life on the mission field.”

Jewell is preparing to be a missionary with the International Mission Board (IMB), and according to their website, one of the basic requirements of being a fully funded team member is related to their finances and current debt. “The Emmanuel Baptist Church family wanted to make an investment into your ministry by helping you pay off some of your student debt,” said Stone. “We hope this investment of $10,000 will help you get to the field faster and stay in the field longer.”

Emmanuel Baptist Church has a long-standing relationship with Truett McConnell. Scotty Hayes, Minister of Students at EBC stated, “[Jewell] was in tenth grade when Dr. Caner was preaching at camp, and he [Jewell] came up out of the back and said, ‘Hey Scotty, I really feel like God’s calling me into missions.’ As I watch God work in his life, I see that to be true.”

Jewell plans to marry his fiancé Shelby in the next few weeks and also spend some time in seminary before receiving a position at the IMB.

“As you head off into the foreign mission field,” Stone shared, “I believe God is going to use you in an incredible way to see many men and women, boys and girls come to know Christ.”


Jenny Gregory is the Digital Content Specialist for TMU’s Marketing and Communications.

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