Thanks for wanting to learn about us! The desire of Life Connection is to lead children and young people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We do this by providing quality ministry resources that help them experience God's love. Our passion is to encourage individuals all over the world.
When Charles "Bud" Cox was thirteen years old, he attended a Billy Graham meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Bud met with an adult mentor at the meeting, who gave him a take-home Bible correspondence course. This was Bud's first exposure to Bible correspondence literature.
The vision for Life Connection International, Inc. began in the 1980's as Bud traveled to more than thirty countries on the international tennis tour. He saw children and young people from various cultures that had little or no access to relevant Bible resources.
After completing a Certificate of Biblical Instruction at Toccoa Falls College in 1989, Bud joined a summer team sponsored by Source of Light Ministries that utilizes Bible correspondence courses. In 1990, Bud completed a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University where he became friends with the executive director of another Bible correspondence course ministry.
That same year, Bud participated in an eight-week Advanced Training course at Grace Ministries International where Bud came to understand how much he is loved and accepted by God. And since then he has become a member of Network 220. Bud joined Operation Mobilization for one year in 1991. Later, he operated a Source of Light associate Bible correspondence school for his neighborhood from 1996 to 1998.
In 1999, Bud desired to expand this outreach, so he approached the executive director of Eagle Rest Ministries about possibly coming under the umbrella of Eagle Rest. In July 1999, the Board of Directors of Eagle Rest voted to have Life Connection come under their umbrella.
In February 2000, Life Connection International was incorporated as a non-profit organization and later that year it received 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt status. During that same year, a Board of Directors for Life Connection was established to oversee and help maintain our vision. The first written material was developed and distributed in 2000. It consisted of stories about Bible characters.
Since those early years, the Life Connection Club grew, and our resources have expanded to include radio shows that correspond to the written resources, original songs that communicate the same themes, and promo videos as well as animated Bible stories, music, and study videos.
The Amazing Adventure, Discovering the New Me! Bible storybook was first printed in English in 2009. It was re-printed in 2014. The Spanish translation was completed and printed in 2012 and published with CLC in Colombia in 2017. The Portuguese translation was completed in 2018. The Facilitator‘s Guide was written in 2015 and translated and printed in Spanish in 2016. 100,000 Bible storybooks have been printed and distributed to public school children in Guatemala with teachers trained from 2017 to 2021, and the project continues.