Mug and Muffin

Engaging on Campus Series

As mommy missionaries we spend countless hours serving the practical, routine needs of our little people and sometimes can’t even imagine opening the doors at 8pm to a crowd of college students. (Ok, maybe it was just me…or maybe you can relate). Some seasons ministry in the daytime hours is all we can give. Other times we can do more. 
Being willing able to give the little time we have to ministry outside our home doesn’t mean we blindly run off to an event or say “yes” to every woman that asks for time together. But when we KNOW Jesus is asking us to go, we hand over that precious time and give.
During our time at SDSU I learned about a tradition started by Jo Woodard on that campus. The idea was actually birthed during her time in China, but she brought it back to this little frozen mid-west town, and it was just what this tired Mommy Missionary needed to be strategic with ministry.
One Saturday morning each semester we would have a time where ladies came in their PJs, brought their favorite mug, filled up with hot coffee and as many muffins as they could consume. We called it “Mug and Muffin” and it became a cherished tradition on our campus.
Now if you are picturing me in front of the oven shooing my three sons away from 100s of muffins the night before, scratch that image right now. I did bake a dozen or two some years, and other years none at all. We relied on the women on our leadership team to do much of the baking. Many years I didn’t show up with anything but a mug and a gallon of coffee!
After an ice breaker (which usually was nothing more than every woman sharing what mug she brought and why), someone on our team would give a short teaching. Then there would be more discussion and time of connecting with women. And the ladies on campus loved it! 
This time took little prep on my part, a few hours away from home, but provided just the right environment to meet many new freshman gals, have a meaningful conversation in the corner with a junior, or share a devotional with the whole group. If it was my turn to teach, I did everything from read the “Jesus Storybook Bible” to them to talk about our monthly cycles and how they affect us!
            This event worked so well because I could:

  • have a big impact
  • invest a short amount of time
  • connect with new women
  • have meaningful conversations
  • commit to doing it once a semester (versus weekly which would feel more overwhelming)
  • prepare in a short amount of time
  • rely on others for help
And I always went back home with my heart full, great connections with women, and a bag full of leftover muffins to feed my hungry pack at home.



Sherry has been on staff since 1997. She and Jeff have been married for 14 years and have served in WI, SD and now in CO.  They have 3 boys ages 6-11 and there is never a dull moment in their house. Sherry enjoys writing and encouraging mommy missionaries when she isn’t busy shuttling boys around town. She is looking forward to returning to homeschooling two of her boys this MONTH…yikes!!!
What about you? Is a Mug and Muffin something you already do or could try? What other ways do you already connect with women on campus that feels managable? Share your ideas here!

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