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Romania Team Support - The Cooks

Jed Stevens

Hi Family and Friends!

We hope all is well with you and your family this summer season! We wanted to send out a letter updating you on our first year of marriage and what God is doing in and through us these upcoming months. 

So much has happened over this past year, and we are grateful for all the blessings in life that God has bestowed on us. We have settled nicely in our little town of Lugoff, SC and enjoying our work, home, and church life. We have partnered with Awaken Church in Columbia, SC, to better the kingdom of God in our city, state, nation, and world. Awaken Church has taught us so much and allowed us to grow deeper in our relationship with God individually and as husband and wife. 

Awaken is doing big things this fall! They have made it the mission of the church to go and make disciples. This fall, Awaken Church is making another big step in following the mission God set before us as disciples. They are taking the mission internationally for the first time. We are excited to announce that we (The Cooks) have been called to go. We feel as if for so long, we have missed out on the opportunities God has given us to go with the excuses that life, wedding, finances and work throw our way. We no longer want to make excuses and mistakes on why we cannot and do not go.  We long for those all across the world to hear and know our God. Our hearts ache as we know that there are those who do not know Jesus and we pray that through our ministries, those who do not know about Him will come to know and receive the Lord as their Savior.  God tells us in Matthew 28:19 to "…go and make disciples of all nations…," and we are excited about being a part of spreading the GOOD NEWS to Romania this fall.

We will be leaving for Romania on November 11 and staying for a week. During our trip, we will be partnering with a local Romanian pastor, Florin, and serving alongside him as he leads an organization called YWAM (Youth With A Mission). We will be helping with worship, preaching, children’s church, etc. Other activities scheduled during our trip include homeless ministry, orphanages, schools, and local sport centers to interact, play soccer, build relationships, show and share the love of Jesus with the people of Romania. We will be reaching people with a vast age range - no one is too young or too old to know the good news of Jesus!

As our family and closest friends, we are writing this letter, informing you of our new adventure and asking that you start praying for us. Pray that God will use us and our gifts to impact the people of Romania. Pray that He will change their hearts, they will realize their desperate need for Him. Pray for our team (of roughly 20 people). Pray for health, perseverance, and flexibility. Pray for safety in the flights and while we are there. Lastly, we ask that you pray over the funds. We will be raising $4,800 ($2,400 each) for the trip. Pray that we, along with all the other members of our team, will be able to raise the money needed in order for us to go. 

This is our first international missions trip, and we are thrilled that we are able to serve the Lord and follow his command to go to the ends of the earth. We are so looking forward to see not only what God does in the hearts of those in Romania, but what He will do in our hearts as well. We know that this will be life changing, and it’s only the beginning of many other missions’ opportunities that He will give us.

If you would like to make a donation to our trip, you can send funds directly to the church, with checks made payable to Awaken Church and our names written in the memo of the check.  We want to thank you in advance for your contribution to our trip that aids in satisfying our financial commitments in order to go on missions. 

We are so thankful for you all, and for the support you have shown us. We are grateful for your prayers, love, and encouragement as we encounter God's calling together.

With love,
Zach and Karla

ATTN: Zach and Karla Cook
Awaken Church
171 Newland Rd
Columbia SC 29229

To give, simply click here and select the Missions fund. If you choose to give online, please contact Christian McEndarfer ( and tell her which individual or family you would like to receive your donation.