Hundreds of students gathered to partake in the first Students of Courage worship gathering on Monday, January 10, at The Stable in Bossier City.
Students from several local high schools (from 6th grade through 12th grade) attended the event.
Students of Courage will be a monthly gathering of high school and middle school students with student-led worship, free food, a student-delivered message and breakout prayer time.
Everything about this event is student-led, as they desire to not only reach out to the community (and world) with the Gospel, but also to train and equip students to reach out and lead in their faith.
One of the creators and founding members of the Students of Courage group, Airline High School Senior, Abigail Lucas, says Students of Courage was formed after she assisted with a similar event last year.
“In November I helped to put on Fields of Faith at M.D. Ray Field. It was a high school and middle school gathering of students with games, food, worship and a speaker. We had such a wide range of schools and ages show up, with an amazing number of people in attendance. It was an honor to see how God moved that night. Afterward, Ryan Gatti approached me and told me that we could not let the momentum go to waste. After that event, I was shocked to see that so many students who do not attend church would come to an obviously Christian event. But, that thought stayed in the back of my mind until a few weeks later when Ryan reached out again and told me that whatever we wanted to do, he would support us 100%. We would just have to plan it out. So, I prayed about it. And, I prayed for a partner to help me put it together. Then, God laid Tristan Maggio on my heart (we know each other from church at Cypress Baptist). So, I reached out to him and he was eager to plan out the concept of a completely student-led gathering. We both agreed that there is a need in this area for an event that gathers together students from every church, school grade, tongue, tribe, and nation for the purpose of pointing students to Jesus. We want to train and equip believers to do the same. The Men of Courage and Women of Courage groups swiftly took us under their wings and helped us to make connections where we needed them. God provided us with the leadership, support and every other resource we needed. And, it quickly became evident that nothing was going to get in the way of what he was doing,” Lucas said.
“It is by the grace of God that I am even allowed to be a part of something so amazing that God is doing here. I am far from the perfect candidate to lead an event like this, yet God still chose me. I’ve always heard it said that God doesn’t call the equipped, but he equips those he calls. Students of Courage is the perfect example of this. God made everything fall perfectly into place. And, it is humbling to think that the God of this universe wants to use students in Bossier to bring revival to our community. Praise God,” Lucas added.
Lucas went on to say that Students of Courage would not be possible without the support of local residents and local churches.
“Students of Courage would not be possible without the help and support of Allie Hammet (with Women of Courage); Mark Rodie (with Men of Courage); Ryan and Susan Gatti and many others. We run off of the prayers and support of our local churches, ministries, and community,” said Lucas.
The next Students of Courage event will take place on Monday, February 14, at 2195 Swan Lake Road (The Stable) at 6 p.m.
You can stay up to date with upcoming Students of Courage event dates on Facebook @studetsofcouragela and on Instagram @studentsofcourage.