By Cody Hinton
We have had an exciting couple of weeks. New students moved in on Aug 18th with returning students moving back on Aug 22. We enjoyed spending the day on campus for new student move in. During this time we were able to connect with several students. The most significant connection was with a student named Paul. Paul is from the country of Burma. Nate Jones, our college intern this year, connected with Paul in the lunch line of the cafeteria. Through this connection, we were able to join about 15 other international students for lunch. Nate was able to connect with several of them and had three or four indicate an interest in being a part of a bible study. I was able to connect with a few others at the other end of the table. Avery, from Jamaica, and Micila, from Serbia, were especially interested in Light Co and getting connected.
We were able to join with other churches in Grinnell on Tuesday the 22nd for the Campus and Community Organization Fair. During this time we reconnect with several students from last year and those that we had met the week prior. We were also able to connect with several other students. We handed out treats and information about Light Co. Nate has already gathered a list of more than 15 young men who are interested in starting a Bible Study/Connection Group. We are currently looking for a young lady who would be interested in leading a women’s connection group on campus.
We have an ice-cream social/Kick off event schedule for the 3rd week in September. We are also looking for a space where we can begin having a weekly worship gather.
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By Hailey Koerperich,
Move-In Week is a week full of emotions. First are the parents, many of which who are sending their sons or daughters off for the beginning of their college careers, and then either in tow or running full-speed ahead are their children. Though hardly children anymore, these adults are moving into their new homes for the next nine months, and for some, the next four years as they begin life as a Panther. Students, amidst a sea of firsts, are learning to do their first loads of laundry, sharing an 8×8 dorm room for the first time, and preparing for life away from mom and dad for the first time in their entire lives. Salt Company leaders can often think back to those days and remember with great detail what some of those first few days looked like. Some knew before coming to college that they planned to be involved with a college ministry, some might have considered joining, and others had zero intentions of being involved with a ministry, much less considered following Jesus.
To potentially change the trajectory of a freshman’s four years of college and for some, the rest of their lives, Salt Cedar Falls took part in their first Mission Trip to Campus. The purpose was to cast wide nets and meet as many freshmen on campus as possible during Move-In Week. For those who could take part, they were covered in prayer and then sent out to the campus each day. Some spent time carrying furniture into dorm rooms, some played sand volleyball or basketball for hours, and a couple students even passed out over 400 Bomb Pops in an effort to meet students and hand them a Kickoff Card inviting them to either the Freshman Kickoff or the Fall Kickoff. It was an effective week as many friendships began to form and it ended with the reminder that our mission trip to campus is not to end after the first week, but to continue throughout the year and the rest of their lives as they live on mission for Jesus Christ.
It is an immense privilege and blessing to be able to kickoff Salt Company, both with the Freshman Kickoff and the Fall Kickoff, on the public campus of the University of Northern Iowa. Students gather on Lawther Field and hear the Gospel presented boldly and with incredible clarity. The Freshman Kickoff saw over 300 students gather on Sunday night for free pizza and a chance to connect with other freshmen students. Throughout that night, they get to hear stories from sophomore students who got connected with Salt Company in the previous year. One of those students was Nathan Borg, a sophomore. Nathan joined Salt Company after becoming friends with other students who attended Salt last year. He accepted Christ after Christmas of 2016 and saw Christ begin to radically change his life through the community he had found at Salt. Nathan is currently a first-year student leader and at the Freshman Kickoff, he sat on stage and told his story.
Student leaders attend kickoff with a sign informing students of when their Connection Groups will be held and where they’re hosting. Like other student leaders, Nathan, who had yet to attend a Salt Kickoff, arrived with his sign in hand to hopefully connect with students and with hopes of beginning to form a life-giving community centered around Christ with which he found last year. The Kickoff saw over 600 students come together to worship and hear the narrative of David and Goliath from Jordan Prihoda, Salt Company Co-Director. Following a powerful closing worship set, students had a chance to get connected in a Connection Group with one or two student leaders. Over 80% of students attending chose to get connected. Each week, these students will pile into the Union, in dorm rooms, or in apartments to study Scripture ahead of the Thursday night gathering and to imitate the kind of discipleship Jesus and the apostles modeled of doing life together. With great anticipation, the Salt Company looks forward to all that an extraordinary God might do through the lives of an ordinary staff, ordinary students leaders, and ordinary students this year!
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By Mitch Green
Country Roads Baptist Church hosted the Kids Zone of the 2017 Steel on Wheels Car, Bike and Tractor Show in Lenox Iowa on August 12th. We provided pre-cut pinewood derby cars for each kid that signed up. The kids decorated their cars using Sharpies and then the children get to vote for Best of Show for their designs. Aat 1:30 PM, we raced the cars using the Boy Scouts’ track. Trophies were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for speed, and Best of Show and two Honorable Mentions for design. What a great way to hang out, love on kids and sow the gospel in their hearts as we talk about winning the greatest prize of all – faith in Jesus. This year we had 59 kids design and race cars!
The Baptist Convention of Iowa is excited to partner with Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to bring a For the Church Micro Conference (FTC) to Ames, Iowa. The BCI Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with this great opportunity to hear from outstanding speakers. FTC is a free event, open to everyone.
The annual BCI Pastors/Wives reception and dinner will be held prior to the first session of the Micro Conference Friday, November 3 at Cornerstone Church of Ames. Pastoral staff may RSVP for the reception, dinner, and hotel (if needed) via this link: Pastor/Wife Event. There is a $50 registration fee for anyone needing hotel accommodations for this event.
BCI has secured a block of hotel rooms at the Hampton Inn, Dayton Avenue, Ames, for Friday, November 3 at a rate of $110 + tax. Individuals (messengers and non-pastoral staff) attending the annual meeting and FTC are welcome to secure reservations using this link: http://group.hamptoninn.com/baptistconvofiowa.
The schedule for the 2-day event is as follows:
Friday, Nov. 3
Saturday, Nov. 4
Iowa Campers on Mission have just created a new website at iowacampersonmission.com.
Iowa Campers On Mission is a group of Christians that meet twice a year at a spring and fall rally, to grow the Lord’s kingdom by providing no-cost labor to churches and Christian organizations throughout Iowa. Their goal is to enable small churches to prepare their buildings to reach their communities.
Go to iowacampersonmission.com to learn about how Campers On Mission can serve your church and how you can join Campers On Mission.
By Jensen Winter
Summer is a unique time for ministry and the slower pace allows extra space for outreach events. These outreach events are a great way to take advantage of a smaller and more intimate group, which is not always the case in the fall or the spring semesters. One event, Slip and Slide Kickball, saw 40-50 students attend for an afternoon and evening of fun, fellowship, and community. It was a beautiful day outside and a perfect opportunity to deepen friendships and begin new ones.
A few Salt students were in charge of the event and they really made it awesome. The students who arrived early set up the pools and the tarps and helped the Hager’s, a family that attends Candeo, set up a few more yard games. The Hager’s are always eager to offer up spaces in and around their house to host students. Students arrived around four and the fun really began.
The afternoon ran smoothly with several games of kickball that lasted nearly a couple hours. Following that, students enjoyed a grill out with more kickball and other games after. Cody Cline, Candeo pastor, attended the later part of the event with his family. It was a sweet time for people to grab some time with Cody and to love on their kiddos. To end the night, several students stuck around for a campfire.
Though the summer pace is certainly sweet and unique, the fall is always an exciting time to look forward to. In just a few short weeks, many of the students who attended the Slip and Slide Kickball event will attend either the Leaders Retreat or the Fall Kickoff as Salt Company heads closer to being in full swing!
Drew Frazer, Navigators – Denver, Colorado
Drew Frazer has been serving as a missionary with the Navigators for the past 17 years. Originally from Clearwater, FL, Drew studied Industrial Design at Georgia Tech and worked for a brief time in the design engineering field in Atlanta. Drew joined the Navigators in the spring of 2000 at West Texas A&M in Amarillo where he served for two years on EDGE Corps. Drew continued on with the Navigators at the University of Northern Iowa for three years. It was there that Drew met his wife Stacy. Once his training was completed at UNI in 2005, Drew and Stacy moved to the University of Colorado at Boulder where they pioneered, built and directed the CU Navigator ministry until the spring of 2014. Drew now serves as the City Director for Nav20s in Denver, a ministry devoted to helping grads and military vets in transition from the Navigator ministries into the “real world”.
In his free time Drew enjoys spending lots of time with his wife, Stacy, and their three kids – Dax, Biz, and Garrett. Drew enjoys camping, off-road driving and building things with his hands. Drew and Stacy are also passionate about reaching this generation of students and young professionals, building them into laborers, and sending them into the entire world to impact the Kingdom of God. They have high hopes of one day serving the Lord overseas and bringing the Gospel to an unreached people group.
Stan Hayek, Anthem Church – University of Missouri
Stan was born and raised on a farm near Tama, IA. He graduated from ISU with a B.S. in Agricultural Business, and from Midwestern Seminary with a M.A. in Theological Studies. Stan came to know Jesus in high school and was highly influenced in college by the Salt Company. He married his beautiful wife Sarah in 2009 and they have four amazing daughters, Danica, Hannah, Talitha, and Janessa. He loves sports, the outdoors (especially hunting), and spending time with his girls. Stan is currently the Lead Pastor at Anthem Church in Columbia, MO.
Ruben Nkata, National Pastor – Malawi, Africa
Ruben has been the key pastor and church planter in Malawi, Africa for a number of years.
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