OHC students come from different backgrounds, but all share an earnest desire to work for God. They are thrilled to know that they do not have to wait until they graduate to begin a life of service. While in school, students may become missionaries for God and experience the joy of leading others to Christ.
The goal of Ouachita Hills is to thoroughly equip the youth of today with the skills they need to be effective workers for Christ whatever their life work may be. During their training at OHC, students are involved in ministry which they put their knowledge into practice. Canvassing allows students to work together for the purpose of reaching out to a community and winning souls for Christ.
Every semester students have the opportunity to go out on the streets and develop their skills in canvassing. Students often find that the mission field is much closer than they realized—right here in North America. In homes and businesses, on the parking lots and street corners, students meet the people where they are, offering them attractive maga-books—children’s books, family and health books, and most importantly the message books such as Peace Above the Storm (Steps to Christ), Desire of Ages, and the Great Controversy. There is nothing as rewarding as seeing God’s leading as He answers prayer, sets divine appointments, and touches lives.
While canvassing, students learn lessons of perseverance, co-operation, and self-motivation; they also develop skills in leadership, outreach, and personal ministry. Strong bonds form as students work and pray together, encouraging and strengthening each other.
As students minister to others, they are inspired to a closer walk with God. A growing love for soul winning is developed in this cycle. But this passion is not limited to canvassing programs. Once the fire of enthusiasm in kindled in the heart it is difficult to quench. As they return to OHC, students are fully motivated for a life of service to the Master. Students leave OHC on fire for God and ready to answer His call.
Anthony Montague, Canvassing Leader
“During the summer, our students became a strong, close-knit group. I saw those young people growing spiritually, and before long, they were initiating prayer groups. God answered those prayers, blessing their efforts abundantly. I was even surprised by enthusiasm and holy boldness that the students showed in their work. I never thought of youth ministry as one of my talents, but this summer I developed a love for working with young people. As I saw the passion these young people had for sharing Christ, it inspired me to do my part in encouraging them in their work of hastening the soon coming of Christ.”
David Young, Canvassing Leader
“Working with my students made me realize again my responsibility as a leader. God taught me a lot this summer about the meaning of true leadership. I saw that as a leader, I must be an example of what I want my students to become.”
Johannes Kroeper, Canvasser
"What a privilege it is to be a canvasser! Oftentimes we may not see it as such; but when we allow God to open our eyes so we see how He esteems the work, we will come to have a different opinion of it. Canvassing is a work of cooperation with the divine; a work which brings us to the forefront of the great controversy. It affects not only the lives of the people we meet, but also our own. In canvassing we choose to believe the promises of God not the deceptions of Satan. We learn to lean, not on circumstances and emotions, but on the mighty arm of God. In short, it is a very faith and character building experience!"
Jennita Schmidt, Canvasser
“When I began canvassing, I was a struggling Christian, but God soon taught me that I could not succeed in my endeavors on minimal prayer and Bible study, as I once thought I could. As I saw God working miracles, and softening the hearts of my contacts, I realized that God could change my life too. I saw God helping me to gain victories in the areas I struggled the most. Ever since then, every canvassing program has been a spiritual revival in my life.”