Glorifying God

BY BUILDING LABORERS ON CAMPUS FOR FAMILY, CITY AND GLOBAL TRANSFORMATION

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2015-2016 ANNUAL REPORT

A Note from the Director

Over the past year, I have done a fair bit of travel, usually to places a good bit smaller than Atlanta. It is a nice change of pace. Things slow down. Traffic is (much) better. The contrast reminds me of how large, complex, and significant Atlanta is. In ministry, I often feel like our impact is small relative to how big the need and opportunity is here. The contrast of traveling also helps me to see that God is really doing something incredible on the campus through our ministry in Atlanta. We have seen dozens of students come to Christ over the past couple of years and have equipped even more to serve Christ for a lifetime. We have hired a dozen incredible young staff in the past two school years. We launched a pioneering new summer project in the city. We are not the only ministry reaching the campus in Atlanta. We might not be the biggest or flashiest. But, we are making a difference.

 

This realization is both exciting and sobering. Exciting because we get to have a strategic influence in the lives of future leaders who will make a difference in countless ways in the transformation of families, communities, cities, and the world. It is sobering because it highlights the high calling of our work.

 

In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul instructs the church to be careful how we build. His admonish is a focal point for me and our ministry this year. In light of our great calling and potential influence, we want to build strong for the future of our city and the world. We are trusting God and working hard to reach college students with the gospel of Jesus Christ, to develop Christ-centered disciples who are established in their walk with Christ, and to train leaders who can develop people and movements to reach, equip, and impact others. We are praying and working for God to build something so strong on the campus that it changes the world.

 

I am also sobered when I think about all that is happening on the campus, because without our partners, none of it would be possible. We are so grateful for you, our donors, families, students, and alumni who serve alongside us in the city. You are a key part of all of the incredible things God is doing on the campus. Thank you!

 

In Christ,

Steve McGuire

Testimonies from our Campuses

AUSTIN DUDMAN - KENNESSAW STATE SOPHOMORE

 

The biggest struggle that I have faced in my life has been depression. The main reason why I struggled with it so much was because I did not have many friends in high school, and certainly no Christian community. Because of that, coming to Kennesaw as a freshmen last year was very intimidating for me. I was invited to go to some Campus Outreach events but I didn’t go to many of them because I felt like I wouldn’t be welcomed. Over time I got to know some of the students and staff at CO and I began to feel like these people truly enjoyed my presence there. People started talking to me about SLP, but I was pretty set against going. Even though I was certain I wasn’t going to go, the head of CO at KSU, Daniel Chen, would not stop asking me. I ended up signing up and having the greatest and most impactful two months of my life. I got to spend all my time with a ton of people that were on fire for Christ which made it incredibly easy for me to spend time growing my relationship with God. I have never felt so welcomed and loved than I did during this summer, and that really showed me God's love for us all. I could not possibly ask for a better Christian community than Campus Outreach.

JENNY ORTEGA NUNEZ - NORTH GEORGIA SOPHOMORE

 

It is incredible to me how this past year God has done so much in my life. As a freshman, my plans were completely different. I wanted to enjoy college a different way by trying to find friends and happiness in the wrong places. However, God put people in my life that helped me to realize how blind I was. They showed me the way to Christ, and I became a Christian.  I started to believe that I was never alone, and I started to feel loved after struggling with loneliness and depression for many years. Being involved with Campus Outreach and going to SLP has helped me grow in my walk with God, and being involved in a community of believers has been a great motivation for me.

ISAAC PINKNEY - MOREHOUSE COLLEGE JUNIOR

 

Campus Outreach has been a strong community of believers to hold me accountable on the mission field and to grow in my walk with God in.  At New Year’s Conference last year I was convinced to go to Summer Leadership Project to continue my spiritual development.  At project I got a job as a lifeguard, became a room leader, took summer classes and prepared for ROTC the next semester. I began to look at humanity from a more gracious perspective, and I began to care more about the development of my roommates. We grew a bond as brothers that I did not think was obtainable. Overall, God has truly sparked a desire in my heart to make an impact because of Campus Outreach. I now conduct bible studies in my Hall as an RA to influence the other ROTC midshipman around me. I pray that God uses me more and more as I live a selfless life with no reserves, no retreat and no regrets.

AVERY WEATHERFORD - GEORGIA TECH SENIOR

 

God reminded me over and over this summer that he is not finished working in me yet. I went into the summer naively believing that I had already undergone the majority of my refinement, and that Summer Leadership Project would be a time of relaxation and fun. God is funny, and I was shown that there is still a lot of work to be done in my heart! I continued to learn that any control I think I have over my life is just an illusion. I was reminded that God’s plans for me are always good. If we change our lens and pray to see as God sees, we can be thankful that

He is the one in control and trust that His ways are always better than ours.

" We pursued our students' spiritual development this summer in Atlanta and in Brazil. We are excited to see the Holy Spirit equip and mature our students in great ways."

Snapshots of our Summer Events

  • On our first investigative retreat, we invited Brazilian college students we had met on the campus to come for a weekend to have fun, meet new people, and have discussion groups about Jesus.
  • CO Atlanta's 2016 SLP group photo on the Oglethorpe campus.
  • Tyler Allen and Allison Knight had a blast loving on the children in Clarkston for one our service days.
  • Our students had numerous opportunities to serve local communities this summer. Many of our students volunteered at Perimeter Church, packing and delivering book bags to children in need.
  • Café com Prosa was a bi-weekly event that we helped host at our home that was a great opportunity for students to come hear and discuss spiritual issues and ideas.
  • A “Festa Junina” is a typical Brazilian fall festival, complete with live music, folk dancing, and festive costumes.
  • CO Atlanta partnered with CO Greenville and CO Charleston to build our team for the summer. This is the team at an overlook of the city of six million people we were in called Belo Horizonte.
  • Favelas are impoverished communities found in most major cities in Brazil. Our team went with the church we were connected to in the city to serve in a Favela in Belo Horizonte.
  • One of SLP's women's discipleship groups. Over the course of the summer, discipleship groups lived together in the dorms and met weekly to hold one another accountable, study scripture, pray, and encourage one another.
  • Laura Kate Minday and Brandi Richardson
  • Mwamba Johnson is one of our Staff Directors at the AUC. In this picture, Mwamba was giving a talk on stewarding time, speaking on the importance of work in the life of a Christian.
  • One way we got to know students was by hosting English clubs on campus multiple times per week. Many Brazilian students want to learn English, so this is a great first contact point for them with the ministry.
  • On our final retreat at the end of the summer, we were able to challenge students to seriously consider were they stand with Christ.
  • Our team was able to develop close friendships with Brazilian college students. It was within the context of these relationships that we were able to share the gospel.
  • After church on Sundays, our students were invited to attend lunch with different church members. These lunches provided an opportunity for our students to talk about what the Lord was teaching them on the Summer Leadership Project and hear about the work God is doing in the churches and throughout the city of Atlanta.
  • Josh Waller and Matt Williams playing a pick-up game of soccer at Oglethorpe university.
  • We divide SLP into three different teams that serve and lead community groups together to reach out to their workplaces. This is Team Three saying goodbye on the last day of project.
  • Isaac Pinkney's room studying scripture together during their Tuesday night discipleship meeting.
  • A “Festa Junina” is a typical Brazilian fall festival, complete with live music, folk dancing, and festive costumes.
  • Brazil is a leading global economy, yet only 10% of the population has the opportunity to attend college. There are no other groups intentionally engaging college students with the gospel - the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. The students that Campus Outreach Belo Horizonte are influencing will one day be the leaders of the nation.

A Financial Update

A Farewell from our Transitioned Staff

& a Hello from our New

Clint and Peggy Watson led the launch of CO Atlanta in 1999 and lead the ministry for the next 15 years. In 2013, Clint took on additional global responsibilities as a part of a new effort to invest in the next generation of leadership across the country. In July 2016, Clint accepted a call to become the new pastor of First Baptist Church Chattahoochee. We are so, so thankful for the Lord's grace in and through Clint and Peggy for their leadership and investment in students, staff, and our city.
Clint and Peggy Watson led the launch of CO Atlanta in 1999 and lead the ministry for the next 15 years. In 2013, Clint took on additional global responsibilities as a part of a new effort to invest in the next generation of leadership across the country. In July 2016, Clint accepted a call to become the new pastor of First Baptist Church Chattahoochee. We are so, so thankful for the Lord's grace in and through Clint and Peggy for their leadership and investment in students, staff, and our city.
Rachel and I are so thankful for the generous donations and prayers of our supporters for the last eight years!  I am moving into a job at Perimeter Church with Life on Life and the church video team this fall.  We are excited about our next steps and thankful for the development and experiences we’ve had with Campus Outreach.  We will always value the mission of CO and hope that God grows the movement in our city.
Rachel and I are so thankful for the generous donations and prayers of our supporters for the last eight years! I am moving into a job at Perimeter Church with Life on Life and the church video team this fall. We are excited about our next steps and thankful for the development and experiences we’ve had with Campus Outreach. We will always value the mission of CO and hope that God grows the movement in our city.
Katie and I could not have scripted the way the Lord has written our story. Your relationship with us, prayers, and financial sacrifice have shaped and formed our story in ways that we will be eternally grateful. We are excited to begin this next stage of life as I will begin working with Perimeter Church’s Shepherding team. We will always look back with thankfulness for our time with Campus Outreach and how God has brought more of His Kingdom to earth through this ministry.
Katie and I could not have scripted the way the Lord has written our story. Your relationship with us, prayers, and financial sacrifice have shaped and formed our story in ways that we will be eternally grateful. We are excited to begin this next stage of life as I will begin working with Perimeter Church’s Shepherding team. We will always look back with thankfulness for our time with Campus Outreach and how God has brought more of His Kingdom to earth through this ministry.
Rebecca and I have been honored and blessed to be a part of serving with Campus Outreach at the University of North Georgia for the past two years. At the end of July we, along with our 6 month old Noelle, moved to Saint Louis, MO so that I can attend Covenant Theological Seminary beginning this fall.
Rebecca and I have been honored and blessed to be a part of serving with Campus Outreach at the University of North Georgia for the past two years. At the end of July we, along with our 6 month old Noelle, moved to Saint Louis, MO so that I can attend Covenant Theological Seminary beginning this fall.
Matt Williams - Georgia Tech - contingent staff
Matt Williams - Georgia Tech - contingent staff
Zachary Wagoner - Kenessaw State - Contingent Staff
Zachary Wagoner - Kenessaw State - Contingent Staff
Brandi Richardson - Atlanta University Center - Perimeter Resident
Brandi Richardson - Atlanta University Center - Perimeter Resident
Joehann Guadalupe - Kenessaw State - Contingent Staff
Joehann Guadalupe - Kenessaw State - Contingent Staff
Sarah Jaudon - North Georgia - Intern
Sarah Jaudon - North Georgia - Intern
Morgan Rogers - Kenessaw State
Morgan Rogers - Kenessaw State
Nate and Alana Lawrence - Kenessaw State
Nate and Alana Lawrence - Kenessaw State

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2015-2016 Annual Report