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all is a great season of the year! Fall
means that MSU students are back
in our community, the weather will
begin to get cooler, and, of course,
football! Like so many of you, I love
football. Whether its a Thursday night junior high game,
a Friday night high school game, or a Saturday at Davis
Wade Stadium, I just love watching football games.
One of the great things about living in a community
like Starkville is that you realize that the personalities you
see associated with your favorite football team are real
people. Coaches, administrators, and players are just like
you and me (but with exceptional athletic skills). Many
of them are using the gifts God has given them to honor
Him on the football field just like we strive to do in the
marketplace, the classroom, and our homes.
In this months edition of Redefined, you will have the
opportunity to read about Faith and Football. It really is
a reminder that football, though just a game, can have a
greater impact on peoples lives than we may be able to see
from the stands. Enjoy!
Thank you for allowing us to GATHERGROW
GIVEand GO with you!
FIRST WORDFROM CHIP STEVENS
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Ghana, Libya, Iraq, Nicaragua, China, India - these are just some of the countries represented at College Station and The Polos apartments in Starkville. Last year, Nathan Taylor caught my attention when he informed me of the large inter-national student population at College Station and The Polos. Many internationals leave their countries to further their ed-ucation at Mississippi State University. They find an apart-ment, go to class every day, and come back to their empty apartments, and while they long for friends or simply some-one to talk to and eat meals with, many of them go unnoticed. Putting myself in their shoes, I realize how lonely I would feel if I lived in a foreign country and my only source of social interaction was with professors. When my roommates and I heard of the opportunity to live right next door to so many of these students, we moved to College Station in the fall of 2014 with the vision of starting an apartment ministry and intentionally loving our neighbors - internationals as well as Americans.
Last year, we built a great relationship with the manage-ment at the apartment complex and held a few cookouts and events for residents, but now that we have gained respect and trust with the management, we have a more concrete plan of action to reach out to our neighbors. On Monday, September 21, we held a fall cookout for the residents, and the turnout was incredible! Approximately 150 people representing over 8 nations came to the cookout; basketball games, volleyball games, and great conversations lasted for over two hours. My roommates and I met a handful of international women who recently arrived in America and who desperately long for companionship. We are excited to invite these women into our apartment on a regular basis this year to get to know them and to share our cultures with each other, and through sharing life together, we are praying for abundant opportuni-ties to share the Gospel.
How is it that I am living in little Starkville, Mississippi, but literally surrounded by the nations?! This question ex-cites me and makes me stand in awe of God every single day. I am confident that one of the greatest assets to Starkville and
MSU is the presence of so many international students who are more of a blessing than I can describe. A couple of weeks ago, we met a neighbor from Iraq. Since we met her, we have seen her almost every single day, and she has been coming to FBC with us on Sundays even though she is a Muslim! Yesterday, as she was leaving my apartment, she embraced my roommate, Sarah, and me so tightly and held on for dear life as she looked up to the ceiling and proclaimed, My god, my god, thank you for giving me friends, my god!!! Does this young lady have a personal relationship with the God that I serve? No, not yet. But my God is powerful enough to bring her all the way from Iraq to Starkville just to open her eyes to the truth of who He is. My prayer is that she and the hun-dreds of internationals around us will one day look up and proclaim thanksgiving and praise to the one true God who created them and gave His life for them. My roommates and I are humbled that we get to watch Gods hand at work in their lives.
We also plan to hold an apartment-wide event every six weeks so that we are consistently reaching out to ALL of the residents and getting to know them personally. When our neighbors realize that we are loving them just because we desire to know them and develop a stronger community at the apartment complex, they are astonished in a positive way! Our prayer is that the residents, as well as the management at College Station and The Polos, will be deeply impacted and only pointed to Jesus Christ through our outreach. Our prayer is that HE would be magnified and that HIS name would be known among the internationals and Americans here - abun-dantly more of HIM and much less of us.
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ANNA MATHENY is a Senior Kinesiology major from Memphis. She is active on campus and in the community and has a passion for the nations.
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GATHERF B C S TA R KV I L L E
B Y J A S O N D U R A N
ommunity is something we all desire. No matter your personality typeintrovert, extrovert, socially skilled or socially awkwardyou were created for meaningful relationships with others. There is a de-
sire in all of us to know others and be known by them.In life, we value friendships that allow us the freedom to
be ourselves. God did not intend life to be lived alone; He cre-ated us for relationships. We see the evidence of that in Adam and Eve. Andy Stanly once commented, You cant grow spiri-tually unless you connect relationally. God wants us to have a relationship with Him and with others. That was his purpose for creating us.
Have you found that place in life where you belong? Do you have a place where you can learn from Gods Word while in fellowship with others? Have you found a place where you can serve with a group? Are you searching for a place where
you can do life with like-minded people? Do you want to learn from others and their experiences?
At FBC Starkville, we pursue and live out community by gathering together in Community Groups. Made up of men and women from all generations of life, these groups gather together Sunday mornings at 9:45 for fellowship, care, prayer, accountability, sharing stories, and studying Gods Word. These groups are a place where we work to consider each oth-er over ourselves. No group is perfect, and no two groups are exactly the same. We dont expect them to be. Our goal is to create a place for everyone, and there is room for you to join a Community Group.
Community Groups are made up of people in all stages of their Christian walk. One of the purposes of Communi-ty Groups is to help you move to the next step in your walk with Christ. If you do not know Jesus, we want you to come
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JASON DURAN serves as our Associate Pastor of Family Ministries and Discipleship. You can connect with him on The City or on twitter @jason_duran.
to know Him through a personal relationship with Him. If you are a new Christian, we want you to develop and grow your re-lationship with Him. If you have known Jesus for a while, we want you to grow even deeper, disciple others, and serve Him.
A Community Group is the place where you can receive encouragement, hear from the life experiences of others, and learn how you can foster a deeper relationship with Jesus no matter what your stage of life. Community Groups also pr