College/Missions Ministry - February 2017

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

MISSION Greenville, SC 2017
February 24 - 28

Hey church family…..one of the cool “traditions” in college ministry is to take a “Spring Break” mission trip. Two 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

Last year, 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.

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

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. 7, Tuesday – we need 10 pans of chicken spaghetti to serve at the LA Tech BCM.
Feb. 19, Sunday – college graduate recognition during the morning worship service.
Feb. 24 - 28 - MISSION GREENVILLE

Also, we’re in need of a few people who would be willing to help meet & greet and hangout with college students on Wednesday nights from 6pm – 7pm. You would be mainly focusing on developing relationships with our college students and getting to know them better so you will know how to better pray for them and encourage them in their walk.

Our college department in also in need of 1 more Connect Group teacher. If you are interested, please let us know.

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 - March 2016

MISSION RUSTON 2016

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 Sunday School and on Wednesday nights....you allow our students to take part in mission trips and ministry opportunities. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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 1 - 4 – MISSION RUSTON 2016
March 5 – 10am – Tech winter graduation at Thomas Assembly Center
March 13 – Big Free Lunch hosted by “Adult 3” Connect Group
March 27 – EASTER
April 10 – Big Free Lunch hosted by “Adult 4” Connect Group

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 - January 2017

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

“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 2017, Cook Baptist Church will be sending a team to Greenville, South Carolina, to help Table Community Church, a new “church plant” being led by Aubrey & Mollie Hogan. The dates are Friday, Feb. 24 – Wednesday, March 1. The cost is $250. Please pray about joining our team. Contact Amanda or I with questions. www.tablecommunitychurch.com

“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 2016

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 “MISSION GREENVILLE” from Feb. 24-28. We’ll be taking a team up to Greenville, South Carolina, to help Aubrey & Mollie Hogan as they prepare to plant a new church in 2017. 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 2016

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 me 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 13, Adult 2 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 St. Louis, MO, to
participate in “Mission St. Louis”, a week of ministry and service. Please be praying for safe travel as well as opportunities to share the gospel as we serve among the people of St. Louis. Dates are November 18 – 22.

#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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