College/Missions Ministry - June 2016

MISSION RUSTON 2016

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! Forty students were able to participate in mission trips to Arlington, Ruston, Guatemala, North Dakota, Thailand and Alaska. We averaged around 35 students in Connect Groups, and around 45 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 for Big Free Lunch....and you selflessly gave hundreds of hats, flip-flops, hair accessories, and school supplies to be used in ministry. WOW....thank you, thank you, thank you! There’s no way the Powells, Hoods, Breshears, Haymons, Frees 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 another 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 2016

MISSION RUSTON 2016

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 teams headed to New Orleans and Guatemala 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)?

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, Hannah, and Aaron Walker

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College/Missions Ministry - April 2016

MISSION RUSTON 2016

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 largest 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:
March 21 – 25 – Res Week activities on Tech’s campus
March 27 - Easter
April 10 – Big Free Lunch (Adult 4 hosting)
May 1 – College graduate recognition service & Big Free Lunch (Adult 5 hosting)
June 27- July 1 – Vacation Bible School at Cook

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

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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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