Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. All of the Law and the Prophets hand on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40
As we encounter the growing needs around us, Jesus reminds us to love others as we love ourselves. As we care for our needs and the needs of our families, let’s care for those who Jesus brings to us in the same way with respect and love.
Throughout the challenges in the last several months, First Methodist Houston – through your donations to the Missions Ministries – has been able to help many people with heightened needs and continue the regular funding of the Missions Ministries. As the needs around us are increasing, we are committed to respond with love and provision as the Lord enables.
Some of the recent ways we have served are:
Lifeline to the Homeless
We assisted our Lifeline friends through a financial partnership with The Beacon from April- May, and are now serving lunches on Monday and Wednesday to continue serving our brothers and sisters living on the streets with the partnership of the Houston Food Bank.
Neighbors in Action
Missions has purchased and donated Chromebooks for teens needing access to technology for school work, and provided financial assistance to families who have lost their jobs. NIA is continuing to provide online programming, food and rental assistance.
Sneed Elementary – We also purchased and donated Chromebooks for children with no access to technology for school. In addition, we provided 100 breakfasts and lunches for families, Monday-Friday, at the West Campus, through a partnership with KidzGrub and Quillian, in the months of May and June.
Sheffield Square Apartments – Church members and volunteers provided online tutoring and Zoom chats with the youth, and we have given financial assistance for some families that have lost their jobs. We are continuing to connect our families to community resources (applying for unemployment, etc.)
Refugee Families – We have provided additional food and resources for some of our Umoja refugee families.
Lifecenter for the Homeless – We have provided emergency food and a financial donation toward food for residents.
Nepal – Through our local church partner, we have provided monthly food packets for 50 families who had no food at all for several months.
Pakistan – Through our local ministry partner, we have provided food for 53 families in place of the monthly training conferences.
Honduras – Through our local ministry partner, we helped provide food for 600 families in great need.
In partnership with Westchase Classical Academy, we served up to 300 households each Wednesday this summer with volunteers from FMH, Sneed Elementary, Westchase Classical Academy, Grace Presbyterian and the Westchase District. We distributed hurricane preparedness informational packets to each family in English/Spanish, along with coloring books, and church information.
We have provided Chromebooks for some of our NIA families, refugees, and Sneed Elementary families, to keep up with the online schoolwork last spring and this coming fall.
These and all of the ongoing ministries serving those in need are continuing as a result of your partnership. Thank you for your commitment to serve the Lord through the mission efforts of our church.