Friday, January 28, 2011

Midwest Winter Meets Southerner!

Hello Hello! Don't cha know! (practicing my midwest lingo, hehe)

I want to share with you all how God has worked in mighty ways for my upcoming adventure!

This adventure is called Midwest Winter meets Southerner! God has allowed me the opportunity to connect with 6-7 different churches in the state of Iowa and with 1-2 colleges in Iowa from Feb 6th to Feb 12/13. I also will be seeing churches in the Minneapolis area (shout out to my Brooklyn Park team!!) during the week of Feb 13th along with seeing my good friends, the Princes! I'm hoping to visit colleges in the Minneapolis area as well! Look out Bethel!

God's provision includes:

  1. Flights to Minneapolis and back!
  2. A car to drive around Iowa and Minneapolis (THANK YOU JESS for trusting your car with a southerner in the midwest winter!)
  3. Awesome churches and colleges who have served in New Orleans who are taking time out of their daily schedule to hear about the vision God has given me for the next generation of missionaries!!
  4. The time, ability, strength, and encouragement to make this journey!
  5. Even a winter coat and heavy duty gloves from my roomie!

How you can partner with me...

  1. PRAYER!!! and this is no joke. I, Katie Hooks, have only driven in snow once or twice in my whole life! I will need LOTS OF PRAYER for protection while driving in this weather. I know my God is my shield and my protector and I know I need Him to make it everywhere I'm going safely. PLEASE PRAY for safe travels for me beginning Feb 1st to the 17th! In addition, please pray for courage (as I mentioned in my below blog) as I invite people to join my monthly support team! Please pray God would begin preparing their hearts now for partnering with me!
  2. If you or someone you know is in the Iowa/Minneapolis area, I'D LOVE TO SEE YOU or meet them! I'm excited about sharing what God is doing in New Orleans and would love to take the time to meet with anyone! Please email me any one you can think of:

Thank you soo much for taking the time to read this blog and for all of your love and support!

God bless you!
Katie :)

"To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it...He is the One you praise; He is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes." Deuteronomy 10:14, 21

The Golden Question...

Body Builders Boot Camp - Dallas 2011
(I'm directly in the center of this pic)
Hi Everyone!

I hope you've had a great wintery week! I hear the Northeast is being pounded again with snow...I'm sorry to say but I'm not jealous. haha.

Thank you for the prayers as I attended the Boot Camp last week!

The one thing that stuck out to me was the connection made between my desire to ask people to join my financial support team and my desire to ask people to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If I'm not willing to ask people to start a relationship with Jesus then I'm probably not willing to ask people to join my support team. Both are scary "Golden questions" and can lead to rejection but because I'm called to do both, then I need to pray for courage and boldness in asking both questions! I'm not just asking for support because I want to keep living in New Orleans rebuilding houses and hang out with interns, I'm asking for support because I'm called by God to MAKE DISCIPLES in the mission field that follows crisis.

I'm excited to see who God calls to join my financial support team and I'm excited to see who God puts in my path to share my life and the gospel with!

I pray you are encouraged as well to remember the call to make disciples of all nations and to let that be your motivation for living each day for Him!

Love yall!
Katie :)

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Warehouse...God House!

Esther, my new friend from Grace Church, and I at dinner! LOVE her!

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share that God is good and I'm excited for the year 2011! Next week I'm off to Dallas for a boot camp on how to raise my personal support. I've been working on the homework this week and some verses that have stuck out to me are listed below.

I'll be headed to the midwest the beginning of February for the Droogsma/Kunkel wedding in Des Moines IA so if you live near there call me! I'd love to see you! I also hope to be in the Minneapolis area as well! Please pray for me as I work out the details of this trip and pray for appointments to share the vision God has given me for the future generation of missionaries!

We have had awesome teams thus far:
1) I was welcomed back to NOLA by my friends from Grace church! LOVE THEM!
2) Then I got to reconnect the following week with Crossroads church who have a few people interested in the internship program! Praise God!
3) Then this past week we had awesome teams come from PA and CA to work on our warehouse. YOU HAVE TO COME SEE IT!! God did AMAZING things in one week to transform our warehouse into an organized, functional, outstanding warehouse that is ready to respond to the next disaster! ALL PRAISE TO HIM! The newly built tool closets with sliding doors and an upper level for more organization!

Prayer Requests:
1) For My time at the boot camp next week and that God would continue to teach me how best to glorify Him through the gift of raising support! I'm currently at 65% of monthly supporters so if you'd like to hear the vision God has given me and join my support team email me at
2) For my time up in the midwest. Prayer that God would orchestrate my time there. For sure I'll be at Valley Church on Feb 6th and I'd love to connect with friends I've made up there so pray I begin the planning process now! Pray for the wedding as well and it's a time of joy and celebration as Jessica and Steven start the new life together! Email me at if you're in the area! I'd love to share what God is doing through me and this ministry!
3) For the internship program! Pray I can continue to hash out the details and pray for male interns to come join us this summer in NOLA! Pray God would be working in their hearts now to come back and serve with us for the summer! God has blessed me with two girls for sure and I'm excited to see who He has in store to come down!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this blog and thank you so much for your prayers and support!

Katie :)

"Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink the milk? Do I say this merely on human authority? Doesn’t the Law say the same thing? For it is written in the Law of Moses: “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” Is it about oxen that God is concerned? 10 Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us, because whoever plows and threshes should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest. If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? If others have this right of support from you, shouldn’t we have it all the more?" 1 Corinthians 9:7-12

"A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed."
Proverbs 11:25
(a good reminder that if I expect others to give, I need to be generous in giving as well!)