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 Church in Denham Springs
Luke 10:27 is a Christian church in Denham Springs with the vision to create a missional base for people to come to be sent out as missionaries who love as Jesus loves.
We invite you to learn more about the missions birthed at Luke 10:27 and those that we support here below.
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
The Center of Learning to Love – A School of Ministry in Denham Springs
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! – A Children’s Mission in Denham Springs
O Happy Day! is a community non-profit for children whose primary home is on the grounds of Luke 10:27 Church, but whose activities take place throughout Denham Springs.
The mission of O Happy Day! is to offer opportunities for children and youth from all socioeconomic backgrounds including those from underserved areas to experience enrichment activities through after-school programs, training in the arts, structured literacy tutoring, and free virtual camps for children.
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 – An After-School Program in Denham Springs
The LANDers is an after-school program in Denham Springs was the first local mission birthed at Luke. In 2013, after learning of a single father’s struggle to find affordable after-school care for his children while he was still at work, we set out to solve a problem parents throughout our community face.
In 2014, we opened our doors to the first group of children from predominately underserved communities. Today, children from all socioeconomic backgrounds are invited to join.
Young Artists’ Academy – Classes in the Arts in Denham Springs
Soon, we realized that many of these children don’t have access to training in the arts. As such, the Young Artists’ Academy (YAA) began in 2015. What’s more, like the LANDers, YAA serves children from all socioeconomic backgrounds.
Every Saturday, YAA children take lessons from qualified teachers in subjects such as drum, voice, guitar, keyboard, pottery, French and the culinary arts.
Reading Restoration – A Literacy Training Program in Denham Springs
Reading Restoration 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 Restoration 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, who may not realize that their reading and writing skills can improve.
Canoe-Be Kind – A Virtual Camp Teaching Kindness to Children
Today, Camp Canoe-Be-Kind is a virtual camp, teaching children to bring kindness to a hurting world. Weekly lessons include a video from our camp instructor, Leslie Akin, and a kindness craft video from the campers themselves. It’s a wonderful way to get children involved in making our world a better place.
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. They also learned that they are an important part of the Denham Springs and Greater Baton Rouge community.
Facilities on the Grounds of Luke Built to Support Local Missions
Over the years, we have built a number of facilities on the grounds of Luke to support the Denham Springs community.
The Mission House
The Mission House has a full kitchen and a backyard with a garden and playground. Two of our local missions (The Young Artists’ Academy and The LANDers) for children meet here. A few visiting mission teams also use the Mission House.
One-Bedroom Apartment for Retreats
In the front of the Mission House we added a one-bedroom apartment available for individual or couple retreats (see The Center of Learning to Love to learn more).
Four Classrooms to Support Local Missions in Denham Springs
Behind our sanctuary we have built four classrooms. Our literacy mission, Reading Restoration uses these classroom. Other visiting missions, such as the homeschooling program, Classical Conversations, also use these classrooms.
Our Primary Church Building and Local Missions in Denham Springs
Our primary church building is also used by several local missions throughout the year.
The Young Artists’ Academy meets each Saturday morning in our primary church building. And when they are taking cooking classes, for example, they make use of our fabulous kitchen in the Mission House.
In the past, for one week each summer, the kids of Camp Canoe-Be Kind met in our primary church building. Now, because of Covid, Camp Canoe-Be-Kind is an ongoing virtual camp that campers can register for at any time throughout the year.
How Luke Supports Our Local Community
Because Luke 10:27 is a missional church in Denham Springs, we strive to support other local missions. To that end, all of our facilities are available for use by local organizations that support our community.
For example, two home-school programs, Foundations and Classical Conversations use our classrooms 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.
How Luke Supports Our Global Community
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.
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.