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TREY Hancock speaks about Islam in America during SAGU Missions Convention Waxahachie, Texas — September 20, 2012 — The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Southwestern Missions Association (SMA) held its 2012 Missions Convention Sept. 18-20. Guest speaker Trey Hancock spoke about Islam in America.

Hancock became interested in ministry to Muslims during his time at Family Worship Center in Baton Rouge, La. In 1987, Hancock attended a seminar in Dearborn, Michigan entitled "How to Minister to Muslims." It was during this seminar that God called Hancock to minister to Muslims in Dearborn, Mich.

Hancock says, "The Lord spoke to me and said, 'If you are going to learn about these people, you have to live with them.'"

In 2000, Hancock and his wife partnered with two other missionaries to establish an Assemblies of God church in Dearborn. The church plant began in the Hancock's home. Members invited their friends for a meal, worship and studying God's Word. Church ministries now include Royal Rangers, Missionettes, Sea Rangers, Air Rangers, and a Royal Rangers athletic ministry called "One-on-One Wrestling." The church also offers English as a Second Language (ESL) and citizenship classes. Approximately 45 women attend the Springwells ESL classes for ladies three times a week.

During Spring Break 2012, a team of SAGU students traveled to Dearborn to partner with the Hancocks' ministry and received leadership training. SAGU team members were preparing to lead the Summer 2012 Mission TEN trips.

SAGU student Ashley Williams shares, "While working under the direction of the Hancocks, the students were placed in ministry opportunities that stretched their faith to see God work supernaturally. It expanded their world perspective of Muslims and various people groups here in America and around the world."

Hancock attended Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., where he met his wife Becky. They were married in 1979. Hancock graduated from Evangel in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in biblical studies and psychology. In 1991, he was ordained by the Assemblies of God (AG) and was commissioned by AG U.S. Missions in 1992.

Hancock directed curriculum coordination for Teen Challenge in Arkansas from 1982 to 1983. He and his family moved to Winston-Salem, N.C. to youth pastor at First Assembly of God in 1983. In 1986, they moved to Baton Rouge, La., to coordinate follow-up and discipleship at Family Worship Center.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
 

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