EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an expanded article based on the 2020 Cooperative Program Prayer Guide for Oklahoma Baptists. For more information, please visit www.oklahomabaptists.org/cp.

Krystal Krug has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Oklahoma State University, but she said God led her into student ministry because of the impact it made in her life. She’s been part of the OSU Baptist Collegiate Ministry staff since 2011.

She could be making a six-figure income with her degrees, but instead chooses to serve as a North American Mission Board-endorsed but self-funded Missions Service Corp missionary. Orphaned at age 11 when her parents were killed in a car crash in North Dakota, Krug moved to Oklahoma to live first with grandparents and then an aunt and uncle. BCM became her family.

“I got involved in BCM in my freshman year, and it was really helpful in my spiritual growth,” Krug said. “Throughout college I was involved, and I saw the value of investing my life in college students.”

OSU has about 25,000 students. To help meet their spiritual needs, the BCM offers weekly small groups, “Connect” large group Bible studies Monday for freshmen and new transfer students, and Thursday “Encounter” worship services for everyone. Week-long discipleship training conferences and summer-long “Impact” stints help prepare BCM students for service trips led by IMB personnel.

“College is a time of life for people when they’re making big decisions, who they’re going to be, to marry and what they’re going to do in life,” Krug continued. “By investing in students I can make an impact.”

Krug is responsible for the freshman Bible study, international students, the BCM’s finances, and she disciples as many as six women students each semester. She’s an active member at Stillwater, Eagle Heights, where she helps in a variety of ministries.

“I’m busy in ministry all the time,” Krug said. “I like playing board games, card games, and I like to read.”

Because of the generous giving of Oklahoma Baptists through the Cooperative Program, an amazing array of ministries are supported. This unified giving encourages fellowship with other believers all over the world. Collectively, Oklahoma Baptists are advancing the Gospel together. Learn more at www.oklahomabaptists.org/CP