College/Missions Ministry - December 2015

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 RUSTON” from March 1-4. If you’d like to help with our mission trip, or maybe have an idea of how our college group can make an impact in Ruston during this week, 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, and Hannah Walker

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College/Missions Ministry - January 2016

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 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. 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 2016, Cook Baptist Church will have several different oppotunities for you to take part in a life-changing mission trip! Be on the look-out for the dates, destinations, and cost of these trips.

"May the Lord bless you and keep you...." Numbers 6:24-26

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, and Hannah Walker

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College/Missions Ministry - February 2016

MISSION RUSTON 2016

March 1 – March 4

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

Well, this year after much prayer and talking we are excited to announce that this year’s college “Spring Break” mission trip will be to RUSTON!! Yep, that’s right....we’re going to approach MISSION RUSTON with the same enthusiasm and preparation as we would any other mission trip. We will be partnering with local ministries (Rolling Hills, Life Choices, etc....) as well as serving in places such as elementary schools and the Detention Center. We will be prayer-walking in neighborhoods and sharing the Gospel with those we come in contact with. We’ll also be doing nursing home ministry, visiting the home-bound, and doing little clean-up projects around the church.

Will you pray about partnering with us? We’d love to have you come along side our college students and participate in as many projects as you are able. Do you see or know of a “need” in our church family that you think our college students could help with? 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. 2, Tuesday – we need 6 pans of chicken spaghetti to serve at the LA Tech BCM.
Feb. 28, Sunday – Pancake Supper for college students after the evening worship service.
March 1 – March 4 - MISSION RUSTON

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....”
Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah and baby 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 - October 2015

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 (Dawg Haul, LUAU, Freshmen Survival, Adopt-a-College-Student, 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 1,100 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-collegestudent” 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. 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, and Hannah Walker

P.S. October 11 will be our next “Big Free Lunch” and will be hosted by Adult 4 Connect Group classes.

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College/Missions Ministry - May 2015

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.

8) SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS ALLOW US TO "BOLDLY DECLARE GOD'S GLORY!", WHICH IS COOK'S MOTTO. Thank you for being a church family who supports missions, not only by going on trips (we've got a team headed to Anchorage, Alaska on June 6-13), 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 autumn state missions). 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)?

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 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, and Hannah Walker

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