Happy New Year! The Hispanic group kicked the New Year off with a fiesta. About 60 came out to celebrate and eat with us, bringing tamales and other yummy Hispanic dishes. Willie from the kitchen was there to make sure we got our black-eyed peas as well. The entertainment for the evening was a small slide show, a time of singing and a Bible Trivia game, and all had a blast. We didn’t stay until midnight in order to allow families to make it to other family and community activities.
December was a successful month! Although fewer churches were involved this year with providing Christmas presents for families in need, all of our Impact families who needed it were helped with wonderful gifts. And this year the process was more efficient, more personal, and much more fulfilling. Adding to the joy was the Impact Children’s Christmas party! Thanks to all our friends from other churches who came and manned stations, who provided guidance and entertainment, and who were there to love on kids. My only “complaint” for December was the time many of our Impact groups were away from each other. Early January reports, however indicate that little to no damage was done. Everyone seems ready for the New Year.
New Year –New Series: I don’t know why I think our sermon series are of any interest to you, here. I guess I am just excited about it. These series help us as a body to have something to concentrate on together which is great when we are all going in so many directions. We are doing a short 6 week study on Psalms Everyone Should Know. Already it seems short, because the kick-off week seems to be making us hungry for more. We may have do a Greatest Hits, vol.2 in the summer.
The Distribution Center is having a crazy month registering families all over again to receive food once a month each month this year. 150 families lined up just this week to get their cards, and the box and bag of food. After a few weeks of depleated supplies, we seemed to make up for it in this week’s smorgasbord.
New tutoring sessions will begin this month at an area apartment complex where we regularly pick up children for church and other activities. Lluvia Flores will be coordinating that effort, but we will all see how we can be used as more opportunities might arise.
Just keep praying for us! We are expecting a great month, and a great year here. We thrive on prayer more than anything, so keep it up please. And may God bless your service to Him in Kingwood.
When disaster strikes, we pray we can be there to help. Sometimes we get to be there to protect as we have done when hurricanes plowed through our city. Record lows in early January 2010 moved Impact to open its doors to those living on the streets. To avoid dangerous elements, Impact housed a number of outdoorsmen for a few of those bitterly cold evenings. However, TRUE disaster has struck the country of Haiti. So many seem to want to help with the Haiti relief efforts but don’t know where to start. Here is a list of established relief organizations that would be good to have available to anyone with the desire to help.
(Most information was taken from the Christian Chronicle.) All checks should be accompanied by a note that reads "Haiti Earthquake Relief"
and made payable to the organization of your choice below (listed alphabetically):
Christian Relief Fund
P.O. Box 19670, Amarillo, TX 79114-1670
(800) 858-4038 (800) 858-4038
Global Samaritan Resources
101 Walnut Street, Abilene, TX 79601
(325) 676-9991 (325) 676-9991
Healing Hands International
455 McNally Drive, Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 832-2000 (615) 832-2000
Hope for Haiti's Children
P.O. Box 936, Sugar Land, TX 77487-0936
(281) 240-3550 (281) 240-3550
402 Blue Smoke Ct. W., Fort Worth, TX 76105
(817) 536-3383 (817) 536-3383
World Radio / White's Ferry Rd Church of Christ
3201 North 7th St., West Monroe, LA 71291
(318) 396-6000 (318) 396-6000
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
And other ways to give are through the links below:
World Vision: http://www.worldvision.org/home.nsf/pages/home.htm
Compassion International: Text "disaster" to 90999 to give $10 to Haiti relief efforts or give online at
International Disaster Emergency Service: www.ides.org