In The Houston Metropolitan Area ... As In Heaven
Second Mile Mission
We are proud to partner with a local non-profit that has served our area for years by meeting the needs of families in our community.
Throughout the year, we partner to provide back-to-school supplies, family toiletries, and groceries to stock their warehouse. Additionally, volunteers join their team to help manage their distribution and tend to their warehouse.
The Need to Address Poverty
For children living in poverty, a lack of food can delay growth and learning. Children facing hunger are more likely to repeat a grade in school or have behavioral challenges. Adults and seniors in poverty often see health challenges compound, with the weight of the family’s needs upon them.
Our local neighbors face decisions like whether to pay for their light bill, a doctor’s visit, or eyeglasses. This is debilitating for those with chronic conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension, that continue to go uncared for when funds are short. Around 40 percent of individuals served are children, 50 percent are adults ages 18 to 64, and 10% are seniors ages 65 and up.
“According to the most recent report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), there are more than 610,000 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in this country. In Texas, according to this same report, there were 29,615 persons homeless in 2013, meaning that approximately 12 out of every 10,000 persons in Texas are homeless (down from 15 out of every 10,000 persons in 2011). And in the Houston area, the most recent statistics indicate that more than 6,300 people are without a home on any given night” (Coalition for the Homeless).
One small way we can help is through the ongoing distribution of “Manna Bags.” A team of volunteers in the church gathers supplies that include useful items such as non-perishable food items, basic toiletries, socks, and a Bible. The items are placed in a ziploc bag for distribution.
One Sunday a month these bags are made available for purchase. The cost for each bag is $5 to cover the cost of materials. Help us show God’s extravagant love in a practical way by keeping a few of these in your car and giving them to people you come across who are in need. One great opportunity is when people are asking for assistance at street intersections.
/// FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH BEFORE AND AFTER EACH SERVICE
/// PURCHASE YOUR MANNA BAG AT THE BOOKSTORE IN THE FOYER.
Houston Welcomes Refugees
Their mission is to help ease the resettlement process for refugees coming to Houston by mobilizing invested, caring volunteers, fostering hope amidst crisis.
Throughout the year we make Welcome Kits for new families moving to the Houston area. We also form Welcome Teams that partner with a family for 6 months and provide community and a support system through friendship.
Sustainable Faith is a collective of spiritual directors and pastors working to create a spiritually healthy culture among leaders and their communities.
For over a decade they’ve helped pastors, leaders and churches cultivate spiritual sustainability. They host retreats, nurture conversations of consequence, educate leaders, train spiritual directors, and help faith communities pour themselves out from a deeper well.
For more information on how you can receive Spiritual Direction or train to be a Director please visit their website.