Dearest Ministry Support Family:
Here is an update from a student mission trip in Nashville Troy helped lead in July: God used 15 students and 4 adults from our home church (Covenant Fellowship Baptist) to help a Nashville church planting network (City Church Network) further their vision to get the gospel out to the entire city by helping missionaries get the gospel out to lost people in neighborhoods, temples (Buddhist & Hindu) and ethnic restaurants. We went out in “prayer knocking” teams of 3-4 seeking spiritually interested by knocking on doors and offering to pray for them. The spiritually interested requested prayer and we prayed for them and then shared the gospel using the Romans 6:23 bridge (handout). It was amazing to see how many people were waiting to hear the gospel and were encouraged to be prayed for. Dozens of families heard the gospel, numerous wanted to begin evangelistic Bible study and several chose to follow Christ on the spot! It was INCREDIBLE! Here are a few detailed examples of what we saw God doing:
This Honduran family invited us into their restaurant and allowed us to pray for the mom who was sick. After praying, we shared a story from the Bible and invited them to follow Jesus. They begged the missionaries to return study the Bible and were open to starting a church in their restaurant. Praise God!
The Lansfords: We teamed up with this missionary family (Lansfords | NAMB) to share the gospel in their community. 3 people came to faith and even more wanted to begin evangelistic Bible study (click to see):
The Reiters: We cleaned out the basement and organized the garage of this 6000sf facility that was recently donated to the church planting network then went out into the community to “prayer knock” (offer prayer and share the gospel with homes). One lady chose to follow Jesus and was immediately trained to share the gospel with her family (by Troy’s niece, Faith Olsen) and is being trained by the missionaries to grow and reach her community.
Ready to Follow Jesus: Troy praying for a man we shared the gospel with who was ready to follow Jesus and be used by God to reach his community. He is being followed up with by the missionaries to grow in Christ and reach his friends, family and neighbors.
Buddhist Temple: We visited some temples including this Lao Buddhist temple where missionary Steve P (Troy’s mentor/coach) shared the gospel with the head monk and the board chairman. It opened doors for the missionaries to follow up with them.
Mapping Their Mission Field: Team members were equipped by missionary James Harvey to map out their community and cast vision to reach Martin County. It was amazing to see them get excited to reach our county!! (Since returning, the 4 “harvest fields” of Martin County have assigned a captain and are leading house of peace searches in their region. Praise God!!).
Gospel Grubbin’: We ate at local ethic restaurants to experience the culture and engage locals with gospel. Picture here students ate at an Egyptian restaurant where one student (Braden Olsen) shared the gospel with an Egyptian medical student who is studying at Vanderbilt. He was open to the gospel and being equipped by our partnering missionaries to reach other Egyptians and medical students.
Daily Ministry Fuel: Students followed Jesus’ example in Mark 1:35 and spent an hour every morning alone with God where they would read their Bible and pray. We followed the alone time with a time of group worship and Bible study of Paul’s missionary journeys in Acts 13-21. The morning time with the Lord was fuel for our afternoon and evening of ministry.
These are just a few of the many examples where we saw God moving in Nashville. What is most exciting is the trip gave our group the tools and vision to return to Martin County and get the gospel out seeking spiritually interested. Would you like to join them in getting the gospel out to every household in your community? God is working to make His Name great among Nashville…as well as the 96% unchurched of South Florida. Praise God and thank you for your continued prayers!
Grace & Peace,
Troy + Rachel Cooper
Mayah, Malachi, Isaiah, Tessa & Lucy