Kristen Jones | Director of Ministries & Missions



Reflecting on 2018

During the 1980s, at the height of Christian persecution in Cuba, a man named Pedro continued his witness for Jesus. He was told to stop passing out fliers about Jesus to his neighbors. He wouldn’t, and so he spent a lot of time in prison. On his last prison stay, he told the guards that he would never stop sharing about Jesus, that they could kill him but that they would answer to God, and that God could take their lives at any time. That same night, one of the guards was killed while on duty. Pedro was released that night and was never put in prison again. Pedro lived to be 99 years old, and he testified about Jesus to his neighbors and every police officer who walked by his house until the Lord took him home last year. Our greatest need is not for political change. Our greatest need is for the power of the Holy Spirit to change the world. The power that changes us and turns us into witnesses for Christ. The power that gives us, like Pedro, the courage to testify about Jesus no matter the cost. Each September at First Methodist, we celebrate many of the ways God is using us together to change the world. This year, we look at how we are witnesses for Christ, seeing our ministries through the eyes of members of our congregation serving on the front lines. We will be asking you to recommit, to increase your pledge to fund the mission efforts, or to begin giving for the first time. I hope that this information helps you get a picture of the monumental impact that your financial commitment is making, seeing how we are Christ’s witnesses, together in Houston and “to the ends of the earth”. 

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