College/Missions Ministry - February 2018

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

BEACH REACH 2018
February 28 – March 6

Hey church family…..one of the cool “traditions” in college ministry is to take a “Spring Break” mission trip. Three years ago, our college ministry went to New Orleans to serve in the big city and find out what “Urban Missions” is all about. We helped with a church plant in Marrero, LA, named Westbank Baptist Church. You can find out more about that church at www.wearewestbank.com

Two years ago, we did MISSION RUSTON….partnering with local ministries (Rolling Hills, Life Choices, etc….) as well as serving in places such as elementary schools and the Detention Center. We prayer-walked in neighborhoods and shared the Gospel with those we came in contact with. We also visited nursing homes, the home-bound, and completed little clean-up projects around the church and some senior adult homes.

Last year, 2017, our “spring break” mission trip was focused on helping Aubrey & Mollie Hogan plant a church in Greenville, South Carolina! You can find out more at www.tablecommunitychurch.com. Our students got “hands-on” training in church planting, as well as discovered and served a city, which is known as one of the fastest growing cities in the US.

This year, for the first time ever we will be participating in LIFEWAY’s mission trip called BEACH REACH. Beach Reach is a mission trip experience where servant evangelism takes the form of free van rides and pancakes. Thousands visit Panama City during spring break and many are hurting and searching for meaning. College students provide simple acts of service that open the door to life-changing conversations about the hope and love of Jesus Christ.

Will you pray about partnering with us? We’d love to have you come along side our college students and participate in this mission trip. Please let us know….

As always, thanks to all the Connect Group classes who have prepared and hosted our “Big Free Lunches” throughout the year. These delicious meals are by far our most well-attended events. Our college students love getting to know you better and absolutely enjoy feasting on the food you so lovingly provide. Thanks for loving on them!

Here are a few upcoming events you could help with:
Feb. 4, Sunday – Big Free Lunch – Adult 3 hosting.
Feb. 6, Tuesday – We’re serving chicken spaghetti lunch at BCM for over 300 students.
Feb. 28 – March 6 - BEACH REACH in Panama City, FL
March 11 – Big Free Lunch – Adult 4 is hosting.

Love y’all…..and we’re so thankful to have a church family who loves college students! “May the Lord bless you and keep you….” -
Numbers 6:24-26

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah and Aaron Walker

P.S. Follow our “Cook-on-Campus” ministry on Facebook, Twitter, &
Instagram @cookoncampus to keep up with the latest happenings.

 

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College/Missions Ministry - January 2018

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

Why short-term mission trips?

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my
witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

  1. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS TEACH US TO PRAY. When you’re faithfully serving God, He puts you into situations that cause you to have to rely more heavily on him. You learn to pray – really pray – in the mission field. One of the main goals of a mission trip is to teach you how to recognize God’s voice and respond to it.
  2. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS EXPOSE US TO GOD’S KINGDOM. There is another reality – a spiritual reality – that we Americans and “westerners” know so very little about. We’re taught to dismiss it, to rationalize it, to explain it away. When you step into an area of the world where the poorest of the poor live, where there is a tremendous physical need and spiritual hunger, you will meet this reality.
  3. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS AID THE EFFORTS OF LONG-TERM MISSIONARIES AND MINISTRIES. “Many hands make light work.” – John Heywood. Often times encouragement and help with an overwhelming task can be one of the ways short-term trips can be a benefit to those on the field long-term.
  4. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS STRETCH US AND GET US OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONE. It is a great opportunity to step out of your own environment and experience God at work in other cultures and contexts. It is the perfect recipe for a life changing experience.
  5. SHORT TERM MISSIONARIES OFTEN MAKE GOOD LONG-TERM MISSIONARIES! It’s amazing how the Lord will speak while we are “focused” and in a place of serving Him already. I pray the Lord will deal with your heart about possibly serving Him through career missions.
  6. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS ARE A PERFECT TIME TO “BE HIS WITNESSES”. Expect every encounter to be a “divine encounter”…expect every new person that we meet to be “God sent” and learn to experience life, not as mere coincidences, but as God-ordained, God-planned, God-purposed events that happen to shape and mold us, especially on this trip.
  7. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS BUILD DEEPER RELATIONSHIPS WITH MEMBERS OF THE TEAM. Traveling together, rooming together, and serving together in a “different place” will build bonds of friendships that will last you the rest of your life.
  8. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS ALLOW US TO “BOLDLY DECLARE GOD’S GLORY!”, WHICH IS COOK’S MOTTO. Everything we do on a mission trip should be done with the intention of giving God glory through our words, actions, thoughts, prayers, free-time, etc…1 Corinthians 10:31

In 2018, Cook Baptist Church will be sending teams to Florida (February), Honduras (March), Oregon (May), New Mexico (June), South Carolina (July), and Alaska (August), to help spread the Gospel and strengthen sister churches and other Christian ministries. Please pray about joining one of these teams.

Contact Amanda or Chris Walker with questions at chris@cookbc.org or (318)268-8314

“May the Lord bless you and keep you….” Numbers 6:24-26
Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah, and Aaron Walker

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College/Missions Ministry - December 2017

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

As we approach the Christmas season, there are definitely a few things that we as a church family can do to make an impact in the college-aged community located in Tech, Grambling, and Delta Community. Here are a few ideas:

  1. As a Sunday School class, put together care packages for students. Include snacks, bookmarks, a hand-written note, or simple tension relievers such as stress-squeeze balls. Let students know your church is praying for them.
  2. Invite a student to share a home-cooked meal with you to get acquainted.
  3. Contact the international student office or ELS Center to see if there are students who won’t be going home for Christmas. Offer hospitality — Christmas dinner, time with a church family — to them.
  4. Host a gathering for your church’s college students who are back home during the Christmas holidays. Let us know if you’d be interested in hosting something.
  5. Wal-Mart gift cards are awesome gifts……with a note.
  6. Invite college-aged people in the community (they are everywhere…..waiters/waitresses, cashiers at stores, gas station attendants, retail stores, etc….) to attend a Christmas event with you and your family.

Thank you for all the love shown to college students during the fall! You have generously opened your arms and homes to dozens of college students. Big Free Lunches have been HUGE!!....and of course the food is amazing! Thank you for being a church who loves college students!

This spring, our college group will be participating in “BEACH REACH” from Feb. 28 – March 6. We’ll be taking a team down to Panama City Beach, FL, to share the gospel with thousands of college students who go there to party. Find out more at http://www.lifeway.com/n/Product-Family/BeachReach If you’d like to help (or come along) with our mission trip, please let me know!

We love our church family! Blessed to be doing ministry alongside each one of you!

“May the Lord bless you and keep you….” Numbers 6:24-26

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah, and Aaron Walker

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College/Missions Ministry - November 2017

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

Hello Cook Family!! We hope you are doing well today, as you peruse through this month’s Baptist Message. Let me start off by thanking all the Connect group classes who have helped us over the past two months with all our “Welcome Week” activities, as well as Big Free Lunch, “Adopt-a-Student” ministry, BCM “Soul Food” Lunch and mentoring. Students are craving authentic relationships and want older people who will invest in their lives….may these relationships bring both sides closer to the Lord through encouragement, love, and accountability!

Are you looking for ways to get involved with the college ministry here at Cook? Let me give a few ministry opportunities that are coming up!

#1) We still have a few students who would like to be “adopted” by a family from Cook. If you’re interested in helping with this awesome ministry, please let Amanda or me know.

#2) On Sunday, November 12, Adult 5 will be hosting our next Big Free Lunch, which is always immediately following our morning worship service in the Cook gym!

#3) This year, during Tech’s Fall Quarter/Thanksgiving break, many of our students will be traveling with the BCM to Houston , to participate in “Mission Houston”, a week of ministry and service. Please be praying for safe travel and as well as opportunities to share the gospel as we serve among the people of Houston. Dates are November 16 – 21.

#4) If you’re on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, then “like us” or “follow us” @CookonCampus to keep up with the latest news and updates from our ministry. Help us spread the word when events are happening!

Thanks for being a church family who loves college kids! My prayer is that every student who enters our doors will have someone who knows their name and has given them a hug by the time they leave! I challenge you to learn the name of one new college student this coming Sunday!

Love y’all! Numbers 6:24-26 - “May the Lord bless you and keep you….”

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah, and Aaron Walker

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College/Missions Ministry - October 2017

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

Howdy church family!! Hope y’all are doing well today! John 15 states, “I am the vine, you are the branches…..” What an awesome word picture which reminds me of two things….first of all, I must be connected to the “vine” (Christ) through my daily reading of the Word, prayer time, and the local church body. And secondly, if I’m going to be a “branch” that reaches out, I’ve got to be doing just that….reaching out! My prayer is that through Christ I am able to reach out because I’m a healthy, growing branch which produces “fruit” as I grow. Let’s aim to be the branches connected to the vine.

As far as college ministry goes….THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all who helped with all the “Welcome Week” activities (Dog Haul, LUAU, Freshmen Survival, Tailgating, etc..) on La Tech’s campus during the first few weeks of September. At our biggest event (La Tech LUAU), we had an estimated crowd of 1,000 students on the BCM property…connections were made and lives were impacted. So much of our college ministry is dependent upon a church family who is willing to reach out and love on our college kids! One of the things that our adult leadership team attempts to do is connect college with adults and families at Cook which we think would be a good “match.” Sometimes that may be through personalities, or occupations, or maybe spiritual giftedness, but it is our hope that every student who walks in our doors at Cook will be loved on and encouraged on a weekly basis by someone who knows his/her name.

A great way for you to get involved with this is through our “Adopt-a-College-Student” program! What a blessing those families will be to these college students! Hopefully, through a meaningful relationship with these families, our college students will be encouraged to stay faithful to Christ during a time when many students are pulled by the “world” to leave their faith and experiment with many un-godly things and actions. If you’d like to “adopt” a college student, please let Amanda or me know. You can register on our church website www.cookbc.org or thru the church app. Our kickoff luncheon will be on Sunday, October 1. I pray our church family would be a place where college students feel loved and where people know them by name!

Thanks for being a great church who loves on college students! Let me know if you’re interested in helping! Love y’all!

Numbers 6:24-26 “May the Lord bless you and keep you…..”

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah, and Aaron Walker

P.S. October 8 will be our next “Big Free Lunch” and will be hosted by Adult 4 Connect Groups.

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