Sunday, September 4, 2011

Here is a great opportunity to make a HUGE difference!

Friends, I would like to share a great opportunity for you to make a difference in a young person's life. We are called to serve. We are called to reach out. We are called to make a difference. I want to share what is happening in the lives of our college group at my church.

I attend Bethel Baptist Church in Lonedell, Missouri. Yep, we are a little bitty town and a small, home town church, but our hearts are mighty for the Lord. We have a mission and a purpose filled ministry. I suppose I should begin by telling you about the leaders of our college group. They are Darin and Amanda Slater. A young couple who serves the Lord diligently with every thing they have. They have the most beautiful family and the greatest thing about this young couple is they want to serve. They are willing. They see a need and they want to meet that need. They strive daily to live for the Lord and in doing so they make a difference in the college/career age group at our church. My son has been blessed by this family. Darin is like that big brother constantly reaching out and Amanda is that woman with a smile and song in her heart.

In the last few years they have taken the college age group to Passion. A conference designed to reach college age adults. As you know, times are hard and this year they are trying to raise funds so that each and every person can attend for free.What a great gift to these young people who other wise would not be able to attend the greatest conference going for young adults. These young adults are a valuable part of our church. They are our future and through them there is a hope to reach many for the glory of God.

This year the Passion Conference will be in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia Dome. January 2-5 will be a life changing event for this group of amazing people. Can you imagine the Georgia Dome filled with thousands of young adults wanting to know more about Christ? I am blessed to travel with them this year and I am so excited to see what the Lord has planned.  I can tell you this group is trying to raise the funds needed in every way possible. They have had car washes, events where they serve the community, and soon they will be having a dinner. They are working diligently to meet their goal. They are getting close. I know the Lord will provide all they need for this amazing opportunity to seek Christ on a whole new level!

This is where you come in. I am asking you to prayerfully consider donating to this years conference. I have taught many of these young adults when they were just beginning junior high school. I have watched them grow into amazing people. People who love the Lord and want to make a difference in this world. Donate as the Lord leads you to give. Maybe it's a $5.00 check, maybe it's a $20.00 check. I am asking you to give as the Lord leads. Darin and Amanda are reaching out and asking their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to give a hand in making a difference in a life. A life that will no doubt do great and mighty things for the Lord. This conference is a teaching tool to a life with Christ. I have attached a video and the website for Passion. Here is just a little information about this amazing opportunity.

“At the heart of it all, Passion exists to see a generation stake their lives on what matters most. For us, that's the fame of the One who rescues and restores, and the privilege we have to fully leverage our lives by amplifying His name in everything we do.

Given the fact that the university landscape changes every fall with a rush of new freshman faces, our mission at Passion is to continue to engage the "university moment," with the compelling message of Jesus and the story He is writing around the globe.
To that end, Passion 2012 is more than just another event, it's a beautiful part of a movement that's about finding true meaning as we take our place in a story so much bigger than ourselves. It's about trading small dreams for a grand epic that is shaping history and has no end. And it's about a rare chance for tens of thousands of university-aged young people to gather in celebration of their common faith purpose.
In years past we have hosted multiple venues at our Atlanta gathering, but in 2012 we are moving across the street into the Georgia Dome, a larger venue we are setting at half-house so we can all see each other's faces in one shared space.
Passion 2012 will be a unique gathering, one that most likely will not be repeated in 2013. We want you to be there… and we are inviting you to join the movement for His renown!”

I am working on attaching a pay pal account so that will be easier for you, but for now I am giving you the name of our pastor and the address to our church. I will later be writing about this conference and sharing with you the blessings that your donation has helped to provide.

Pastor Ben Kingston
569 Bethel Baptist Church
Lonedell, Missouri 63060

You can make checks payable to Pastor Ben Kingston or Bethel Baptist Church.

If you need more information you can give me a call at 636-584-5287 or our church at 636-629-2978.!/about/schedule/

This is the event that Bethel Baptist Church’s 15+ college and career students will be attending. Not only is it full of wonderful worship, featuring Chris Tomlin, Matt Redmond, David Crowder Band, Christy Knockles, and many more, but it also features some of the most dynamic speakers to appear on the Christian scene today. They include Louie Giglio, the founder of the Passion conferences, Francis Chan, author of the best seller, “Crazy Love,” Beth Moore, renowned women’s author; John Piper, pastor and best selling theologian and author; and many more.

This event is one that is life changing, as well as a mission field on its own, with many, many opportunities to give and help those around the world with the missions that Passion takes it upon themselves to help with.

For more info, please check out for links, videos, and much more.

You too can find Passion on Facebook at
Friends, this young group of people are servants of Christ. They have young hearts willing to go the extra mile. They want to serve in whatever way the Lord is calling. This opportunity will only lead them to be stronger and more faithful servants of the Most High. You may be asking, "What will my donation be providing?" It will help in ticket purchase, traveling to Georgia, lodging and meals for those attending. Your donation will make this years conference a life changing event. That is a pretty special gift!
Thank you for your gift to these amazing young people to move them forward on their journey with Christ.
Blessings to you,
Robin Prater


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