October 2018 - Update from the Cottons
Dear family and friends,
Diann and I made it to Dallas! We are beginning to feel settled and have been so thankful to live close to our family and experience life alongside them!
God has been very faithful to provide what we have needed during our move. We have sensed the "nearness of God" in this season! Moving is never easy – and we have felt the affects of being “uprooted." We miss our friends in Austin – but are confident that God has placed us here. We'd love to know if you are in the Dallas area!
THIS ISSUE of Cotton House News
New Ministry for The Cottons
Prayer Items and Requests
Worthy Leaders - Mentorship for Emerging Leaders
Many young men and women (age 25-35) face problems like -- access to endless information and online experts, yet feeling stuck, and asking “how do I get from where I am to a place of truly making a difference?" "How do I fulfill God’s purposes in my life?” This next generation is highly talented and gifted, yet many wonder, "Am I really 'good enough' or do I have what it takes to make a lasting difference?
It is simply NOT OK for this next generation of young leaders to go it alone without a coach or mentor! When asked, these highly skilled and competent 25-35 year olds long for a trusted, wiser mentor!
Since we began our ministry journey (35 years ago), Diann and I have focused on the generation coming up behind us. We believed then, and still believe now that we are called to turn around and see the generation coming behind us – to invest in them that they might know God, and in turn, declare Him to their generation! We have tasted the joy of having mentors in our lives... older and wiser adults to look up to and to follow.
We are starting Worthy Leaders to offer Mentorship to this next generation.
We envision a host of young adult leaders equipped and sent out to serve and lead “filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;” --Colossians 1:9-10 ESV
We are beginning now to ask our friends
to partner with us.
We cannot move forward alone. We need a team of ministry partners
who will join us by praying for this work and giving financially to
invest in next generation leaders.
In partnership with Reliant Mission, we are receiving tax deductible donations* to Reliant Mission for the work of the Cottons and Worthy Leaders.
Will you join our team to PRAY and GIVE?
On a Personal Note:
People here in Dallas have been incredibly hospitable and welcoming.
Catherine moved to Dallas ahead of us and has a new studio. She is preparing to be a Vendor at Silobration 2018. Stop by and see us October 18-20th at her booth with Marry Me In Spring if you are coming.
Amy and Cory are preparing for the arrival of twins in November!
Coby, Cory and Larry joined Aubrey's dad for his annual dove hunt near Wichita Falls.
We have been able to grab dinner with several friends from Austin while they were in town!
Please PRAY with us:
For us to continue to connect and to build strong community in Dallas.
For God to provide a ministry support team for us as we establish a new ministry.
For God to lead us to those He wants us to mentor in this new ministry to young adults! We currently have 4 couples and 3 singles that we have already started coaching.
For Amy and Cory as they prepare for twins in late November!
Please provide us your best contact info (click below) to get updates and prayer requests!
*We ask that any commitments to giving towards the Cottons and mentoring the next generation, would please be "in addition to" your current commitments to your local church and ministries. Thank you.