In appreciation for NIA donors and volunteers, Neighbors in Action hosted a Port of Houston Boat tour, sponsored by the Port of Houston Authority. Dedicated volunteers from across the city, as well as Port Houston community members take responsibility for organizing and leading outreach programs, arranging service projects, planning garage sales and fund raisers, and even cleaning the community center. More than 65 volunteers and donors enjoyed a beautiful afternoon on the water while learning more about the Port operations and the neighborhood we serve. Our guests were particularly thrilled about the delicious lunch! We would like to express our heartfelt thanks for the generosity of the Port of Houston Authority who made it possible for us to demonstrate how much we love and appreciate our loyal NIA supporters!
Again this year, our youth group had the amazing opportunity to get away for the weekend and spend time worshiping, praying, playing, and just hanging out with their church family at Break Thru retreats for Junior High and Senior High. The retreats took place at Camp Pineywoods in Corrigan, Texas. What’s not to love about Camp Pineywoods? The swimming pool with an obstacle course and water slide? A lake that offers canoeing and kayaking? An outdoor covered basketball court, soccer field, baseball diamond, and sand volleyball court? The praise and worship team? A comfy sofa? A friend who listens?
Having two separate weekends for middle and high school aged students allowed for strong community-building time and messages that were relevant to the social and developmental needs of each group. Our students returned with a deeper, stronger faith. God is so good!
Thank you, First Methodist Houston, for ensuring that the Port Houston youth are part of the First Methodist family.
A very special guest, Chrissie Shaheen, shared her testimony with the Port Houston Mom’s group in April. Chrissie is the founder of The Tent Inc., an organization that ministers to both Christian and Muslim women in Jerusalem. Here is a small extract from her testimony:
"I met Jesus as my Lord and Savior in 1988 in Atlanta, Georgia and ten years later He allowed me to serve Him in Jerusalem. It was during this mission that I was called into a ministry of healing and reconciliation by building relationships, and encouraging Christian women throughout Israel and the West Bank. While working in this ministry, the Lord gave me the vision of establishing ministry homes for women which now has become a reality with locations in Jerusalem and Nazareth. Both locations are dedicated to providing refreshment, restoration and renewal for women."
Chrissie described the difficulties faced by many women in Israel who suffer abuse and oppression. Additionally, she explained the division among Christians with different ethnic backgrounds, and how God has called her to work for the reconciliation of the Body of Christ in Israel.
For our Port Houston moms, it was insightful to reflect on Chrissie’s experiences, to learn how the challenges faced by women in Houston are similar to those experienced by women around the world, and to be reminded of God’s love for each of us. We examined our lives and considered how we, as women, must seek our identity in Christ alone, and how we must commit to work towards reconciliation with those who have hurt or betrayed us.
We are grateful to Chrissie for our time together. If you are interested in learning more about her life-changing ministry, please check out www.thetentinc.org.
Neighbors in Action sponsored two women from Port Houston to attend a conference hosted by the International Leadership Institute at First Methodist Westchase. The International Leadership Institute is a global movement of men and women who are passionate to change history by training and mobilizing “leaders of leaders” in order to reach people with the power of the Gospel. Each year, more than 600 leadership conferences equip men and women around the world with the core values found among the most effective Christian leaders.
The two women who attended the conference are already leaders in the Port Houston neighborhood and active volunteers with NIA. Through their experiences at the International Leadership Institute, they studied the values required of Christian leaders: Intimacy with God, vision and goal-setting, family priority, and passion for God’s people around the globe. The interaction they experienced with other leaders from the international community gave depth and insight into their learning as they return to their community equipped with the spiritual tools needed to evangelize neighbors and families.
Thank you, First Methodist, for sponsoring this event!
As the school year comes to an end, we would like to express a heartfelt thanks to our partner Hope Stone Inc. for an amazing year of experiencing the arts at Port Houston Elementary. Hope Stone is a local non-profit that provides outreach and support services in our neighborhood through dance and other performing arts. This organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life in under-served communities, making artistic performances accessible to children and families and by offering art outreach to children at risk.
Neighbors in Action sends out a HUGE thank you to the many community members involved with our organization, as well as church members from First Methodist, who served on five different projects in Port Houston on Change the World weekend, April 25 and 26. Through your efforts, we really did make a difference in our community- - we really did “Change the World!”
In Port Houston, over 60 people volunteered by cleaning the community center, organizing a neighborhood prayer walk, handing out flyers, and visiting and making gifts for the residents of Brookhollow Heights care facility. Individuals of all ages and walks of life were blessed by the weekend events, as church members and Port Houston residents connected with each other, serving side-by-side.