pioneers: cooper

Cooper, a member of our Christ Church family, is currently studying at Covenant Theological Seminary in preparation for joining the team of missionaries who serve with PIONEERS.

PIONEERS is an international ministry that partners with more than 2,000 churches to take the Gospel to the least-reached peoples of the world.

After seminary Cooper will join with 3,122 international members on one of  315 teams serving in 108 countries among 207 unreached people groups.

God led Cooper to PIONEERS through a missions class called "Perspectives". After an entire semester in this class, Cooper's heart was prepared to "yes" when God asked him to GO. From that "yes" the Holy Spirit led him to PIONEERS and the unreached peoples of the world.

keeping up with cooper

1 Thessalonians 5:24 "Faithful is He that calls you, who also will do it."

Cooper has a full plate with seminary studies, an upcoming summer vision trip, a decision to be made about where he believes God is leading him to serve after seminary, ministry opportunities God has opened with the Muslim community in St. Louis, raising support, and new relationship God has brought into his life.

  • cooper's latest prayer letter

    After a long and full summer of travel the reality of school (reading, papers, internships, etc.) is hitting hard. The school year started two weeks ago and it did not take long to remember how hard and good for me this place is.

    This semester I'm taking 3 systematic theology classes (God and Humanity; Sin, Christ and Salvation; Spirit, Church, and Last Things), a city ministry internship and I am auditing a class with one of my favorite professors called "Cultural Apologetics of J.R.R. Tolkien"! Reading The Lord of the Rings is like a breath of fresh air after all of the dense theology textbooks I'm reading!

    "Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord"          Psalm 27:14

    I am realizing that I have the tendency to jump into decisions without taking the time to consider what all it will mean for me and for the people around me. North Africa is definitely still on the table, but I have been convicted about trying to make the decision about where I fell called to go without spending the time to listen for the One who is calling me to respond.

    While I don't believe we need some supernatural intervention from God to make every decision we make, I would like to at least create the space in my life to hear Him on this. So, I would really appreciate your prayers for me to be able to hear the Lord's voice this year about where He is leading me.

    Jesus said in John 10:27 "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me."

  • Thank you & prayer requests

    Thank you so much for the friendship, love and support that you give me. My tuition for this semester has been completely paid for! I am short on rent and living expenses right now, but praise God I always seem to have all that I need when I need it!

    It was so encouraging to get to share my experiences from this summer's trip to North Africa with so many of you and to hear about all the ways that God's loving hand is working in your lives, as well.

    You are all like family to me and I am really thankful that God has brought you all into my life!

    • Pray for the people (both missionaries & local people) in North Africa, that they would know how much God loves them and that He longs to fill them with "joy and peace so that they would overflow with hope!" (Romans 15:13)
    • Pray for my health. My stomach acid issue has gotten worse. I am having some back problems, and I fractured my tailbone (which makes sitting and reading a bit more difficult than normal).
    • Pray for my family members, and I'm sure some of your own, who have been diagnosed with different sorts of cancers. There is a lot of brokenness and pain in this world, but there will be a day when things will be made right again... Revelation 21:4 "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."