Consider this challenge: Travel to a foreign country and make an everlasting impact for Christ in six months. You most likely won’t know the language or understand the culture. Most people you come in contact with have never heard the name Jesus. Chances are your new friends will reject your beliefs.

While the challenge may seem overwhelming to some, it excited Ashley Benson and Mandi Mapes. They wanted to share their faith in an area of the world where the Gospel is not welcome.

The 20-somethings from The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., put their young careers — Benson an accountant and Mapes a singer-songwriter — on hold and moved to China with the International Mission Board’s Hands On program. Their goal was to share Christ with everyone they met through words, love and actions.

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