Luke 10:27 is a Missional Church in Denham Springs. It is both the nature of God and the church God birthed to be missional. The mission of the church exists as part of God’s mission. It’s not merely part of the church.
Mission is the church! It is the very reason the church was created.
A Missional Base in Denham Springs
A Missional Church in Denham Springs, Luke’s vision is to create a missional base for people to come to be sent out as missionaries who love as Jesus loves. We have built a number of facilities on the grounds of Luke 10:27 to be used by our own local missions and visiting missions.
The Mission House has a full kitchen and a backyard with a garden and playground. Two of our local missions for children meet here: The Young Artists’ Academy and The LANDers. Visiting mission teams also use the house throughout the year.
In the front of the Mission House is a one-bedroom apartment available for individual or couple retreats (see The Center of Learning to Love to learn more).
Behind the sanctuary we have built four classrooms, to date. Our literacy mission, Reading Restorations, and the homeschooling program, Classical Conversations, use these classrooms. Other visiting missions have used these classrooms on occasion.
The Young Artists’ Academy meets in our primary church building each Saturday, unless they are taking cooking classes in the Mission House. And for one week each summer, the kids of Camp Can-U-Be Kind meet in our primary church building.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you.”~ The Great Commission: Mt. 28:19, 20a
We invite you to learn more about the missions birthed at Luke 10:27 and those that we support below.
The Center of Learning to Love
The Center of Learning to Love is a school of ministry in Denham Springs offering courses, workshops, and retreats to people of all ages and denominations. We offer individual and group retreats, classes, immersion in missionary efforts, and small groups. Additionally, private spiritual direction is available for individuals and groups.
Learn more about our three tracks and our purpose: we seek to live out The Great Commandment (Luke 10:27) and The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) as we walk with Jesus.
O Happy Day! Ministries in Denham Springs
The mission of O Happy Day! is to offer opportunities for children and youth from underserved areas to experience enrichment activities through after-school programs, training in the arts, structured literacy tutoring, and summer camps at little to no cost. We strive to empower students to Trust, Dwell, and Enjoy through creative interactions, positive council, and memory-making events.
Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.”~ Psalm 37:3
The LANDers After-School Program
O Happy Day! was formerly called Psalm 37:3. In 2013, the first program was birthed out of a deep concern for children taking care of children after school, while parents and guardians are still at work. The LANDers opened doors to our first group of kids in 2014.
The LANDers is an after-school program for children of various socioeconomic backgrounds. We tutor children, working closely with their teachers, and teaching them how to live off the land. We also offer a weekly Bible study.
Young Artists’ Academy – Classes in the Arts on Saturdays in Denham Springs
The Young Artists’ Academy (YAA) began in 2015 and consists of roughly fifty children from underserved communities. The kids take free lessons from qualified teachers in subjects such as drum, voice, guitar, keyboard, pottery, and French. They also learn choir from the First Community Gospel Choir of Denham Springs.
Reading Restorations Literacy Mission in Denham Springs
Reading Restorations is a structured literacy program in Denham Springs with three trained tutors offering twice weekly, one-on-one sessions to students who struggle with the written word.
Reading Restorations began in 2019. Students in the LANDers and YAA who struggle with reading and writing receive free literacy sessions. Donations to O Happy Day! help us offer structured literacy tutoring sessions to children of underserved areas, children who may not realize they even need it or that their reading and writing can improve.
Camp Canoe-Be Kind – Summer Camp
Today, Camp Canoe-Be-Kind is a virtual camp, teaching children to bring kindness to a hurting world. There are weekly videos and blog posts, as well as weekly crafting or acts of kindness videos that the children enrolled in camp can follow along with and discuss with their parents.
When Camp Canoe-Be-Kind started, back in 2014, it was a short summer camp in Denham Springs lasting five days. During the five-day summer camp, kids learned manners and etiquette, and they learned that they are an important part of the Denham Springs and Greater Baton Rouge community. We met from Monday through Friday from 5:30 – 8:00 PM. At the end of the week, the kids put on a banquet for their parents. And during the week, the kids worked on a project that they gifted to the community. Learn more about this fun summer camp in Denham Springs, Camp Canoe-Be- Kind.
Supporting Our Local and Global Communities
Because we are a Missional Church, we offer our primary church building and The Mission House to various organizations in the community of Denham Springs and Greater Baton Rouge. For example, two home-school programs, Foundations and Classical Conversations use our facilities two days a week from morning to afternoon and for special events. In addition, community groups such as Al Anon and Alcoholics Anonymous use our church building two evenings a week.
Heart to Honduras
Luke 10:27 has been working to help the people of Honduras since 2000. In 2007, we began working with the Heart to Honduras ministry to impact not only the local church but to empower the local churches to transform their communities and eventually the entire country into productive and self-sufficient places where families feel safe and content. In 2008, we partnered with a local community, San Antonio de la Cuesta, through the local church, to help them transform their community. Each year, Gary Chapman takes a group of our church family to Honduras to visit our sister church.
Our Sister Church in San Antonio de La Cuesta, Honduras
Over the past decade of working together, we have developed strong personal relationships and many people from Luke 10:27 have travelled to La Cuesta and been forever changed from the experience. We have seen the church grow from a gathering under a shed to the purchase of land and construction of a new church building! We have walked beside them through this process, not offering handouts but helping them to identify resources of their own they did not realize they possessed.
Over the years, we have brought medical teams, dental teams, construction teams, and created a special version of Vacation Bible schools just for them. Some of our trips are purely relational where we do nothing but pray together, visit the sick, and listen to their concerns. Many times the best trips are not where something is built of wood and concrete but where the strong bonds of friendship and love are cemented together.
Pastor Amilcar Rivera in Honduras
The Pastor of our Sister Church in Honduras, Amilcar Rivera and his wife Norma, work tirelessly in the community to help the people of La Cuesta know that Jesus is alive and can transform lives. The support that Luke 10:27 provides helps Pastor Amilcar care for his church and his community. We have seen tremendous growth in his church and across denominational lines in their community. Won’t you consider helping us in our mission to transform communities and bring people to Christ?
We are disciples of Jesus Christ, proclaiming the Gospel by coordinating our friendship to serve the needs in our community; offering help and hope to families in danger of experiencing homelessness, hunger, and health issues. CommUnity Hands LP is a 501c3 non-profit cooperative effort in churches in Livingston Parish and offers emergency assistance to those in need in the areas of utilities, food, medicine, housing, and transportation.
Many hands meeting needs by offering the love of Jesus Christ.”
Operation Christmas Child
We are honored to be a part of the Samaritan’s Purse mission, Operation Christmas Child, which demonstrates God’s love to children by delivering gift-filled shoeboxes to children in need, all around the world. Every year, collections take place during the third week in November when nearly 5,000 drop-off locations are open around the country. Luke is one of those locations.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is touching millions of lives, one heart at a time. Since 1954, FCA has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful platform of sport to reach every coach and every athlete with the transforming power of Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities around the globe by engaging, equipping and empowering coaches and athletes to unite, inspire and change the world through the gospel.
Kairos Prison Ministry
Kairos Prison Ministry is an international Christian ministry whose mission is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, fulfilling the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families. Visiting missionaries hope to help those they serve become loving and productive citizens of their communities.