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ACROSS THE STREET & ACROSS THE GLOBE

Connecting to God’s mission…

Connecting to God’s Mission, both near and far, is a primary desire at Live Oak.  We will pursue, pray for and support what is God is doing, through His people,  across the street and across the globe!

YOUR MISSION FIELD?

First and Foremost, you can connect with God’s mission outside these walls by realizing YOU are a missionary. WE believe you are, and hope to equip you to be a light at home, work, school, on your sports teams…really anywhere you find yourself. Where YOU find yourself on Monday morning is YOUR mission field!

LOCAL OUTREACH

Live Oak supports some local ministries, on an on-going basis, both financially and by serving in-person when possible:
Lubbock Impact
Kingdom Come Ministries
Children’s Home of Lubbock

We also wade into needs that we discover along the way, such as providing coats or backpacks to impoverished children at under-resourced schools, doing a diaper drive for an emergency intake center for foster care, and helping a church get a new roof.  There has also been many ways for us to serve and support local efforts since the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Every summer (except this one due to Covid-19) we have provided a free quality sports camp to children in our city who live in need. It is fully staffed by Live Oakers who take half days off work to serve and bring this camp to life!

There are opportunities for you to engage with local ministries and you can always pray for them. And know that when you give financially, you are supporting them too.

National & Global Outreach

As we look at God’s mission outside the walls of Live Oak, you need to know that bc of Live Oakers financial generosity our current overall budget for missions and local outreach support is about 10% of our total yearly budget. We increase this percentage every budget year. And if there is unspent money from the general budget at the end of the year, it rolls over into designated funds for missions and support. For instance, we’ve been able to send funds to “feet on the ground” efforts with hurricane relief and Covid related needs.

We support missionaries all over the globe, near and far, understanding that THEY can have an organic and long-standing relationship with people we, here at Live Oak, will never get to meet ourselves.

They need our prayers and that’s where you come in! You can also know that when you tithe, some of that money goes directly to these missionaries.

STACEY BAUMANN

Stacey Bauman is a missionary to the hockey world with Hockey Ministries International (HMI) as Youth Hockey Ministry Coordinator. Stacey has served with HMI for 10 years as a volunteer on-ice instructor for summer camps and as a volunteer chaplain for college hockey teams including the Texas Tech Red Raiders for the 2006-2007 season.

In November 2010, Stacey retired from his career as a player, which included 3 seasons with the Lubbock Cotton Kings from 2004-2007, and joined staff as a full-time missionary in February of 2011. Stacey’s role with HMI will be to seek God’s vision and direction in the development of ministry to the youth hockey community through the provision of chaplains and chapel programs for youth hockey teams, beginning in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas and expanding, Lord willing, across North America and to the worldwide youth hockey community. Stacey will also continue to serve at HMI camps in the summer as a lead on-ice instructor and will serve this season as the chaplain for the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. Stacey and his wife Ronna live in Oklahoma City with their daughter, Lydia Max, and their dog Nelly.

MARY BETH MINNIS

Mary Beth Minnis is a missionary with Cru, formerly Campus Crusade for Christ. After serving for five years as a Regional Director for Campus Ministry of Cru, Mary Beth accepted a position with Cru City based in Austin. Cru City is a new intiative aimed at ministering to the emerging leaders in city space. Mary Beth comes alongside young professionals in Austin and helps them discover Christ and His unique calling on their lives.

In addition to working with those in the city of Austin, Mary Beth produces films. She’s currently producing a film for Cru Military about an Army Ranger involved in Black Hawk Down. You can learn more about this project at ReturnToMog.com or bpfaith.com. Mary Beth is also serving as a consultant for MPower Pictures as they produce the movie “Left to Tell”. It is a powerful story of Immaculee Ilibagiza’s miraculous survival of the 1994 Rawandan genocide and eventual forgiveness of those who slaughtered her family. Mary Bethis passionate about seeing this movie brought to the big screen. You can join her in praying for the film and learn more about it at www.prayforlefttotell.com

ROBYN GREEN

Robyn Green is a support missionary with Ethnos 360 outside of Goroka, Papua New Guinea. Ethnos 360 seeks to establish mature churches in the least reached people groups by working in tribal languages and presenting foundational Bible teaching.

As a support missionary, Robyn teaches secondary math and science at Numonohi Christian Academy at the NTM headquarters in PNG; her students include children of NTM missionaries, as well as other mission organizations and PNG citizens.

Before joining New Tribes in July 2011, Robyn was a secondary teacher and curriculum director in Lubbock. She is a member of Live Oak, and there is a special place in her heart for the children of the Tree House Club and for the missions partnership with World Mission Builders in Piedras Negras, Mexico.

Robyn can be reached via email or +675 531 4434 Robyn Green c/o New Tribes Mission; PO Box 1079; Goroka, EHP 441 Papua New Guinea.

YOLANDA SESSIONS

Since 1980, Ken and Yolanda Sessions served the peoples of Latin America through an organization called World Mission Builders. Since Ken’s passing, Yolanda continues their ministry. Currently ministering in Piedras Negras, in northern Mexico, the she not only constructs physical foundations from which to share the gospel — churches, orphanages, Bible schools, parsonages — but she also works tirelessly at the unfinished task of spiritually building disciples among the nations — equipping national pastors, discipling men, women and children, and meeting the basic physical needs of their community through providing food, clothing, and medical care. The current focus is the completion of the Lighthouse Training Center (Misión el Faro) auditorium which will enable greater numbers to attend pastoral leadership training opportunities, women’s teas and seminars, children’s summer camps, youth conferences, and marriage seminars. 

 

PAUL AND DONNA TOCCO

American missionaries Paul and Donna Tocco, founders of Word Ablaze Ministries, have been Christian evangelical missionaries in Kenya for over 16 years. Donna and Paul are originally from Pennsylvania, USA. Paul graduated with a BS in Business from Richard Stockton State University, NJ, as well as a BA in Theology from Beacon University, GA. Donna also has a BA in Theology from Beacon University.

Donna and Paul Tocco’s purpose is to help the people of East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rawanda and Ethiopia) receive Jesus Christ. They want to see the lives of others changed by His love and power – just as their lives have been changed. At The Word Ablaze Bible Institute, Donna and Paul prepare disciples … who go on to prepare more disciples. This is how the Good News is spread! The Tocco’s outreaches include teaching and training pastors and leaders; a refugee ministry (Kenyaid); community development; and outreaches to the poor of Kenya and Tanzania. Through their diverse mission outreaches, the Toccos have traveled extensively teaching, preaching and showing the love of God to the African people.

Paul and Donna have three children: Ashley(age 25), Jason (age 22) and Josiah (age 9). They are also the proud grandparents of Tiana (age 5). Ashley and Jason reside in the US. Kenyan-born Josiah lives in Nakuru with Donna and Paul.

THE KILGORIS PROJECT

The Kilgoris Project educates and feeds the children of a Massai village in southwest Kenya. We partner with the community to operate schools, provide daily food and clean water, and foster economic development.

REACHING LEBANON

We currently support a family who are in LEBANON reaching people for Jesus.

BRIAN AND AMY JONES, CHURCH PLANTERS, CALIFORNIA

San Diego county has over 3.3 million people, and over 90% of them are lost.  That means there are almost 3 million people who need Jesus.  That seems overwhelming, but Brian and  Amy Jones felt led to be used by God to change that statistic one heart at a time.  They will be moving to San Marcos, CA to plant a church in September 2020.  Brian and Amy, and their team need big prayers:

-Please pray for christians in San Diego to engage their neighbors, friends, and family in order to build relationships and share Jesus both with their lives as well as in conversation. 

-Be praying for the city of San Marcos

-Pray for the transitions of relocating for Brian and Amy and their children, and two other team members

-Pray for a core team of 15 who currently live in San Marcos and will be joining this endeavor with the Jones

-Please pray that God grows the faith of our team and that from the very beginning we would be praying big expectant prayers.  Pray that the Lord would put within each of us a resilience when hardship and adversity starts to happen that we would trust the Lord and have an eternal optimism as we face opposition. 

GRINGS FAMILY in the Democratic republic of Congo

– Daniel and Cristine Grings arrived in Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) in August of 1983 and ministered in the village of Longa until December 1995. Due to political unrest, the Grings relocated several times as ministers within the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, their heart for ministry persevered and the Grings found a new home in Kinshasa, the capital of DRC, in 2000.
– Since 2002, Daniel has served as pastor of the local church in Nsango na Bomoi and Christine plays an active role in women’s Bible study and teaching Sunday school. The church of Nsango na Bomoi had a role in planting five other churches, which are also spreading God’s word. The Grings and their seven children pray that the Lord will give them faithful Congolese leaders in Congo and more missionaries to evangelize and disciple souls for Christ within the Democratic Republic of Congo.
– Home Church: Berean Bible Church, 8630 S 60 E, Sandy, UT 84070, 1-801-255-6035
– Mission Board:Independent Faith Mission, P.O. Box 7791, Greensboro, NC 274071-336-255-1255

Global Leadership Network

The Global Leadership Network is a community committed to learning from each other and using our influence to accomplish God’s purposes on earth. No matter where your influence is, when you commit to grow your leadership, everyone around you wins—businesses work for good, communities are transformed and churches thrive! Both global and diverse, our network includes partners in 1,500+ cities and 135+ countries. We are committed to deliver fresh, actionable and inspiring leadership content both at The Global Leadership Summit, and year-round through events and digital platforms.
Our Vision
We envision a movement of Christians and churches maximizing their full leadership potential to impact the world.
Our Mission
To inspire and equip world-class leadership that ignites transformation.

Justin and Jonna Hester, Navigators Pacific NW, Washington State

Justin and Jonna Hester currently live in Corvallis, Or. and serve college students with The Navigators in the Pacific Northwest (PNW).  The vision of the collegiate Navigators is “To know Christ, Make Him Known and Help Others Do the Same.”  We desire to help college students come to a saving relationship with Jesus and mature spiritually to the point where they can help others know Jesus as well (spiritual multiplication).The Hesters were members of Live Oak while leading the Navigator campus ministry at Texas Tech from 1999 – 2004.  Since leaving Lubbock, they have led ministries at Penn State University (2004 -2010) and the University of Georgia (2010 – 2014).  In 2014, Justin accepted a role as the PNW Regional Director where he oversees the collegiate Navigator ministries in the PNW (WA, OR).  In addition, in 2017 he was asked to take on an additional role as the Western Divisional Director where he oversees the leaders of the campus ministries in the Rocky Mountain region (NM, CO, WY, and MT) and the Sunland Region (CA and AZ).   He also serves as an elder for his local church in Corvallis.

 

Global missions resources

                                                                                                                                                        

At Live Oak, we believe that a life that is meaningfully connected to Christ and community is a life that thrives. We want to see families and individuals connecting to and pursuing God, God’s word, God’s people, and God’s MISSION. 

We can see God’s heart for his people in Revelation 7:9…

“… I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every NATION, from ALL tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…”

We can see God’s call for his people in Matthew 28:18-19…

“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of ALL nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

In today’s day and age, there are several ways to participate in God’s global mission. Here are a few resources to get you started in learning and participating:

BOOKS/ARTICLES

1. Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper (10 copies available for free at Live Oak)
2. Is the Great Commissions for Every Individual Christian?
3. How Do I Know God’s Calling for my Life?
4. What About Those Who Have Never Heard?
5. Worth a Thousand Years of Waiting: The Staggering Rise of the Church in Iran
6. May I Help You Discern Your Calling?

PRAYER

1. “Unreached of the Day” App

This iPhone app is designed to make praying for people groups simple! Each day, a people group is feautred and prayed over. It offers many resources such as a description of the people group, prayer guidance, scripture focus, and map, as well as tangible ways to get involved if one so chooses. Here is a preview:

Lubbock Community Opportunities

1. Volunteer Center of Lubbock

This is a great resource if you, your family, and/or your small group is looking for ways to serve the Lubbock community.

2. Mission of God Class

This is a 10-week, in-depth missions class that is designed to increase yout knowledge, understanding, and love of our God and of His Great Commission. (Note: this class may be postponed or cancelled due to the effects of COVID-19. As we receive updates, this section will be updated as well.)

3. TTU Cultural Exchange Program

Did you know that 80% of international students in America NEVER step foot inside an American home? This program is designed to bridge that gap. It pairs families, individuals, and/or small groups with an international student. (Note: Due to the effects of COVID-19, this program may be postponed or cancelled. As we receive updates, this section will be updated as well.)

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