Mid August, we wrapped up our amazing Port Houston summer during which we served over 100 children over 8 weeks! Our programs included Arts Academy, Vacation Bible School, Sports Camp, Music and Dancing, overnight camps, and field trips!
Our teenagers went to several camps and retreats as well, and enjoyed weekly small group time.
Now, we are back to normal and kicked off the school year with our regular programs! Our Monday Night "The Mix" offers different recreational opportunities for children, such as sports, cooking, crafts, and arts. Our Tuesday Night "La Conexion" is a Bible study night for children ages 3 - 10. In addition, NIA is hosting an after-school program at Port Houston Elementary on Thursdays and Fridays. Our guitar class continues on Saturdays.
On Wednesdays and Thursdays, our teenagers meet for Bible study, small groups, service projects and fellowship time.
NIA also offers adult programs, such as parenting classes, Bible studies and small groups, zumba, and service projects.
If you are interested in volunteering with any of our programs, please contact Sandra Roberson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to everyone who has already contributed to our campaign! We ask you to continue praying and supporting our expansion effort to construct a new 5,500 sq. ft. community center. The new building will allow us to meet the spiritual, physical , emotional, and intellectual needs of the Port Houston community, from toddlers to seniors, as well as create warm and inviting spaces for fellowship and community gatherings.
In June, 17 Port Houston ladies graduated from a 10-month course with Rev. Sara Reyes from Kingwood United Methodist last Saturday! The graduation took place in Kingwood UMC and was beautiful and powerful. Rev. Reyes had been coming to Neighbors in Action every Thursday for the last ten months, offering a curriculum that she personally had developed, called "The Virtuous Hispanic Woman". The ladies received Bible based lessons on self-esteem, how to be a good wife and mom, how to manage finances, healthy nutrition, how to be a successful woman, domestic violence, and many more topics. For many it was the first graduation ever in their life! We will continue with a second course in August, that will go more depth about how to study the Bible and be a lay leader.
On September 10, 13 Port Houston women joined a women's retreat hosted by the Hispanic Ministry of First Methodist Westchase. The topic was "The 7 Secrets of a Confident Woman". The group heard two presentations, prayed and worshiped together, and had lunch. Thanks so much to our host for receiving us with open arms! We are looking forward to doing more things together in the future!
This Fall, Neighbors in Action is partnering with the Children's Museum of Houston, offering a parenting class called Triple P (‘Positive Parenting Program’) which will help Port Houston moms raise happy, confident kids, manage misbehavior so everyone in the family enjoys life more, set rules and routines that everyone respects and follows, and many more things. There will be 5 group sessions, followed by 4 individual counseling sessions for each participant. 25 moms are enrolled in this program.