International Friends began as a ministry to serve refugee families living ½ mile from the West Campus of First Methodist Houston. There are 25.4 million refugees worldwide, and over half are under 18 years old. Less than 1%: of the world's refugees are ever resettled. There are several ways to be involved with refugees through First Methodist. One is to pray for our refugee families, and the global refugee crisis. In addition, we can use our voices to advocate for refugees – advocate for our city to absorb more refugees, and advocate for the rights of those living here.
Lifeline to the Homeless
Lifeline to the Homeless is an extension ministry of First Methodist Houston. Our outreach to the homeless caters to the transient population living primarily in the downtown area. Lifeline meets the basic needs of our clients by providing food and clothing with kindness, love, and dignity. Lifeline gives out about 350 sack lunches per week and invests $3,000 a month on food and water for our sack lunches. The ministry is in most need of donations.
Wesley Community: Impacting the Community
Wesley Community Center is a local partner of First Methodist Houston. Wesley Community Center is a Houston nonprofit organization, anchored in the Near Northside, providing an array of social services to families in our neighborhood and throughout Houston. Their services include Early Head Start, childcare, after school and summer care for school-aged youth, food for struggling families, meals and activities for seniors, and a financial opportunity center for individuals to gain the skills they need to become financially stable.
Skills for Life: Servant Leaders
Skills For Life is a prison ministry dedicated to providing inmates with the servant leadership and communication skills they need to live lives of excellence upon release from prison. Further, to use these tools while incarcerated so as to change the culture in prison. Finally, to raise awareness and foster involvement of the public to bring about the necessary changes.