College/Missions Ministry - June 2018

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

[dropcap]Hey Cook family! Thank you for supporting your “Cook-on-Campus” university ministry this past school year! Because of your generous support we were able to make a huge impact in our college-aged community…..reaching people from several countries, including: Nigeria, China, India, Taiwan, Saudia Arabia, Macedonia, Kazakhstan, and Turkey….and students from the following states: California, Texas, North Carolina, Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi! Around forty students were able to participate in mission trips to Texas, Florida, Oregon, New Mexico, and some other countries as well. We averaged around 30 students in Connect Groups, and around 35 in our mid-week Bible Study. Numerous families from Cook allowed students into their homes for parties and Bible studies, and I know many of you also financially sponsored students to go on a mission trip. You helped cook food and prepare for Big Free Lunch! WOW….thank you, thank you, thank you! There’s no way our adult college leaders, or Amanda and I could be able to invest in the lives of students
without your love and support! We love you!

As we head into the summer months, be praying about how you can be involved in the college ministry next year!

Here’s a good article written by my friend Arliss Dickerson entitled, Reasons Students Stop Attending.

“Here are what I think are the top reasons Christian students go to or leave a particular ministry, apart from a faith crisis.

1. Language and style
Ministries may have the same theology, but they say it differently or just do it differently. It goes to natural comfort level.
2. Schedule
Sometimes, it is just as simple as one ministry's schedule working better for that student. Work or new classes may bring about a change in schedule.
3. The Cool Place
A Campus Ministry may get the reputation of being THE ministry on campus and students go there for that reason. Never forget that there is some "word of Mouth" about your ministry on campus....good or bad...deserved or undeserved.
4. Size
Some students attend a ministry because it is large (The Cool Place) but some students want to go to a small ministry because they may feel more known or it feels more like their home church.
5. Theology
I am amazed that some ministries tout that they teach no theology...just the Bible. Every ministry is espousing a theology. Sometimes, a student comes into a ministry to later decide that their beliefs are different and move to another ministry.
6. Relationships
I believe for good or bad, the number one reason students attend or quit attending a particular ministry is relationships. A quarrel or breakup in a relationship can send a student to another ministry. All of us have experienced a couple who date breaking up....and then BOTH stop coming because they are afraid they will run into the other!”

We love you Cook family! Thank you for being a church who loves college students! “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 - May 2018

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

There are some people who argue that short-term missions are a waste of resources and/or does more harm than good. I would argue against those, and offer this rebuttal. When asked, “Why should we be a church family who supports and sends out short-term mission teams?” I will answer with the following (which is not exhaustive):

  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.
  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 witchcraft, sorcery, and ancestry worship are practiced, 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.
  6. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS ARE A PERFECT TIME TO “BE HIS WITNESSES” WHILE AWAY FROM RUSTON.
  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.

Thank you for being a church family who supports missions, not only by going on trips (we’ve got teams headed to New Mexico, Portland, Alaska and South Carolina this summer), but also through prayer support and financial support (Lottie Moon Christmas Offering assists International Missions….Annie Armstrong Easter Offering helps North American missions…..and the Georgia Barnette offering in autumn helps support state missions here in Louisiana). We must be a church who focuses outward…..how can we love, serve, and reach our local campuses? How can we love, serve, and reach our community of Ruston and surrounding areas? How can we be part of taking the Gospel to an UUPG (Unreached, Unengaged People Group)? Both the IMB ( www.imb.org ) and NAMB ( www.namb.net ) offer great resources!

We are so thankful for our church family! We have many college students who have been invited into homes, eaten meals, sought advice and wisdom from you….and will always remember how you invested in their lives!

If there’s anything we can do better in college ministry, or you have an idea for reaching our local campuses (Tech, Grambling, and Delta CC) with the Gospel, please let us know!

“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 - April 2018

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

Have we told you lately how thankful we are to have a church family who loves college students? It’s so evident by the way you support our students through hospitality, encouragement, friendly hugs and meaningful conversations (and the amount of food that shows up for Big Free Lunch each month…ha!). From Sunday School teachers, to Wednesday night leaders and “adopt-a-college-student” adopters, you make our college students feel welcomed and part of our “Cook” family!

As this school year winds down and we begin to focus on graduation, summer and even look ahead to next fall, Amanda and I are full of excitement! We’ve had a great group of freshmen get involved with our college ministry and along with a great group of high school seniors moving up, we’re preparing for our best college ministry year yet! If you’d like to get involved with our college ministry, we could sure use some more people to come love and serve our students! From teachers, encouragers, disciplers, adopters, and huggers….we can definitely use you!

Here’s a few college events that will be happening soon….we’d love for you to get plugged in:

April 8 – Big Free Lunch (Adult 5 hosting)

May 6 – College graduate recognition service & Big Free Lunch (Adult 6 & Beyond Couples hosting)

May 19-26 – Portland mission trip

June 1-9 – New Mexico mission trip

We love y’all! If you have any suggestions on how we could do college ministry better, please let us know.

“May the Lord bless you and keep you….”

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah, and Aaron Walker

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College/Missions Ministry - March 2018

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

Have I mentioned lately how blessed we are to have a church family like Cook BC? Y’all are consistently making eternal investments in the lives of young people. Just in the college ministry you’ve helped us prepare food for lunches in the BCM and once a month for Big Free Lunch here at Cook….you willingly “adopt” students into your family through our “College Adopt-a-Student Program”….you sacrificially give of your time preparing to teach students in Connect Groups and on Wednesday nights….you allow our students to take part in mission trips and ministry opportunities. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

This spring quarter, on Wednesday nights, we’re taking some time to split up our college guys & gals and really focus on diving into specific topics related to manhood & womanhood…..looking at how God designed each sex uniquely. Our guys will be going through a study called “STEPPING UP: A call to courageous manhood”…..any man in the church is invited to join us. Our ladies will be working through several topics about “Discovering God’s Design” as well as talking about dating, marriage, sex, and we will have several “guest speakers” including Lindsey Crawford (Freedom13 Ministries) and Kathy Nelson. Would you commit to pray for our college students this spring as we really wrestle with what it means to be a mature Godly man or woman?

As always, we’re looking for individuals and couples who might be willing to invest some time into our college students by helping us as teachers during Connect Groups on Sunday mornings, or as “encouragers” during our Wednesday night college Bible study/worship time at 6pm. Would you pray and see if the Lord’s asking you to help in the college department?

Upcoming events:
March 11 – Big Free Lunch hosted by “Adult 4” Connect Groups
March 28 – LA Tegg Easter outreach event with BCM – 8pm
April 1 - EASTER
April 8 – Big Free Lunch hosted by “Adult 5” Connect Group
April 20 – SECRET CHURCH simulcast – 6pm
May 19-26 – Mission Trip to Portland, Oregon
August 5-9 – Collegiate Week at Falls Creek Camp, Oklahoma

Do you know a college student interested in summer or semester missions? Let them know about www.imbstudents.org

Do you have any ideas for how we could do college ministry better? We’d love to hear from you! Email me at chris@cookbc.org Thanks!

If you’d like to keep up with our college ministry on social media, you can find on Facebook at Cook-on-Campus/Cook Baptist Church or on Twitter @COOKonCAMPUS or on Instagram @cookoncampus

“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 - 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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