Houston's 3rd Ward Mission Field

Pastor John Ojode has a challenging ministry in Houston's 3rd Ward. Recently he and his son, Emmanuel, shared their dreams for meeting people's very real physical, emotional, and spiritual needs in their community. 

Adelphos Bible Church wishes to do MORE to meet the needs of the community! The ultimate goal of making people feel welcome and loved by Christ at Adelphos. They also believe that once physical/emotional needs are met, people will be interested in learning about God and scripture.

"If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?"   James 2:16

Observed needs:  Help/resources for single moms

                              Sobriety Center/ A.A.

                               GED program

                               Computer skills

                               Free legal advice



                               Help with taxes/financial management

                               Positive activities for children

                               Spiritual encouragement


Would you or a group in your church like to help in some way? Please pray about how God can use your time and talent to bless this church and community. Contact dorinda@linchouston.org to get connected with this LINC ministry. 


Salem Lutheran Church partners with Adelphos Bible Church to bring hope to this community in a variety of ways... Christmas park outreach, house repairs, prayer walks, etc. We are grateful!

Salem Lutheran Church partners with Adelphos Bible Church to bring hope to this community in a variety of ways... Christmas park outreach, house repairs, prayer walks, etc. We are grateful!

UH Campus Ministry (Salt & Light) reaches many International Students

"Lutheran Campus Ministry looks so different from what it did back when I went to school." This was an observation by a volunteer from Trinity Lutheran who has been very instrumental in gathering volunteer and financial support for LINC's Salt & Light Campus ministry FREE luncheons held one time a semester. "It used to be an organization to continue to nurture faith in Lutheran students in college...but now it is so much more of an outreach to people from all cultures and religions."  Indeed, this is so very true at UH! In addition to free luncheons, once a semester, where up to 250 international students may attend, Salt & Light has regular, lunch devotions on Tuesdays and Thursdays which may include up to 15 students who are not only hungry for a meal, but for more information about Christianity.  During the bi-weekly lunch gatherings it's common to have a gathering of Muslims from Turkey, Buddhists from Vietnam, and Hindus from India. Our Christian leaders take time to listen to their concerns and questions, pray for them and share Biblical truths for them to consider. Please keep this mission field in your prayers. 

You are invited to be a part of this mission by "feeding fifteen" (or donate $60)once a month (8 different churches/people doing this would cover all the meals!) or by coming to lead a devotion or to show Christian care. We wish to thank Trinity Lutheran, St.Timothy Lutheran, St. Mark and Communidad de Gracia for their recent support.   

Please contact dorinda@linchouston.org for more information or to schedule Lutheran Campus Ministry Leader, Dr. Petta Johnson to speak at your church. 

Campus ministry bring hope and joy to students!!

Campus ministry bring hope and joy to students!!

LINC Houston Toys For Joy 2016 Report

We PRAISE GOD for His abundant blessings this past Christmas season when TOYS flowed from many generous people in our LINC Partner Churches to 1600 JOYFUL recipients in 16 LINC MISSION churches!!!  Better yet, thousands heard about the gift of salvation through Jesus and mission churches have reported that new families are returning to their churches!  We want to thank ALL who shared toys.... 

Houston area Churches -- Christ the King, Epiphany Pearland,  Joy Lutheran, Salem Tomball,       St. Mark,  St. Peter, St. Timothy, Trinity Downtown. 

Schools -- Lutheran High North, Lutheran South Academy

Companies -- Ascentium Capital, Konica Minolta, Kilgore

Individuals -- James Butler, Edith Nino, Charles Voleck

LINC Mission Church recipients - Adelphos (3rd Ward), Casa de Oracion, Centro de Fe Y Esperanza, Communidad de Gracia & Tijerina School, Manantiales de Vida, Centro de Alabanza, Diverse City Church, Nigerian Fellowship, Karate Outreach, Kunama (Eritrean), Shalom Oromo Evangelical Church, Our Redeemer Telugu Church, Perfect Gospel Mission Church, Voice of Evangelism International,  UH Lutheran Campus Ministry (gift cards).  

"...God loves a cheerful giver. God is able to make all grace abound to you!" 2 Corinthians 9:7-8

You are invited to Worship!!

LINC Houston invites you to participate in our City-Wide Worship celebration on March 4, 2017 as we praise the name of Jesus with believers from countries across the world.

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Rev. 7:9-10


LINC Houston is Moving!

Our office at West Road has been a great blessing, but God has opened up a new opportunity for LINC Houston. Our new office is located just outside of downtown Houston, giving us a central and easily accessible location to broaden our reach into all parts of the city. Our new office is scheduled to be open by December 1st, and we invite you to stop by and see our new home (literally, it's a house!). The new address is 1504 Johnson St, Houston, TX 77007.


We would love your help in the moving process! Email Dorinda Werner at dorinda@linchouston.org to help pack boxes or lend a hand on moving day, set for later this month.

LINC Houston will be renting a townhouse as the new office space, located at 1504 Johnson St, Houston, TX 77007

Meet George Creamer

Dr. George Creamer joined the LINC Houston team after completing a doctoral program in pastoral and missional leadership. Pre-LINC, George was involved in mission trips and outreach to Honduras, spiritual formation, teaching at various Hispanic Bible Institutes, and even served as a denominational associate director of Christian education and a missions pastor.

I could not have asked for a better job description that is in line with my giftings and passions. I thank the Lord for orchestrating all the pieces of the puzzle, eventually leading me to a context to which I feel called.
— Dr. Creamer

As the Director of Training, George will be working on the LINC Bible Institute, lay leadership training, and helping prepare candidates for seminary education. You can reach George at gcreamer@linchouston.org.

George Creamer is LINC Houston's new Director of Training

George Creamer is LINC Houston's new Director of Training

You met the match!

You did it! Because of your generous giving, we not only met, but exceeded the matching challenge and raised nearly $78,000 for LINC International! Thank you for going above and beyond to train and empower new leaders for Discipleship and Ministry, Church Planting, and Community Transformation so that more people can come to know Jesus as their Savior.

Even if you missed the matching opportunity, your gift today will still have incredible impact on the kingdom.


Last year, fifteen Houston area churches and two local companies blessed our LINC mission churches tremendously by providing approximately 2,000 toys! TRUE JOY was found as the gift of Jesus was proclaimed to the children and their families. We thank God that Toys for Joy is a tool for spreading the Gospel which provides lasting joy to man people in our city! 

Four ways your church can make a difference in people’s lives this coming Christmas:

1. Donate money to Toys for Joy: Your donations will be used to purchase extra gifts if necessary, or provide funding for mission outreach events. Donations can be made online by CLICKING HERE. Checks may be made to LINC Houston, earmarked Toys for Joy, and mailed to 1504 Johnson St., Houston, TX 77007.

2. Donate gift cards: Gift cards of $25 only to local stores or restaurants bless families tremendously!

3. Donate wrapped toys: Please label the gift with the gender and age of the recipient. Age categories include baby, pre-school, elementary, and middle school. 

4. Partner with a mission church: Not only provide toys as mentioned above, but also become involved in planning and implementing the Christmas outreach event. This may include helping with decorating, singing Christmas carols, putting out invitations, providing food, doing crafts etc. This is a great way for your church members to actively be missionaries!

Gift cards and wrapped toys must be delivered to our new LINC office by December 6th: 1504 Johnson St., Houston, TX77007.

Contact LINC Mission Service Coordinator Dorinda Werner with any questions: 618-593-1419 or dorinda@linchouston.org


LINC Summer News

Things are really heating up this summer at LINC Houston!

This summer, LINC Mission Service Coordinator, Dorinda Werner coordinated several Urban Mission Trips to serve our "glocal" population here in Houston, TX. Teams of youth and adults from across the country and from local congregations joined to serve our community and share the Good News in our city.

Dorinda wrote this article to share the experience of one group traveling to serve this summer: 

Small, but mighty! That describes this group from St. Timothy very well! Most DCE's would opt to cancel with "only" four youth signing up for a mission trip, but Dan Parker persevered and believed God could work through even a few enthusiastic Jr. High students. God did, indeed! These four taught an Indian Sunday school class, invited new Indian friends to serve in the Houston Food Bank, did yard work at a LINC Mission church in Houston’s 3rd Ward and did a prayer walk and homeless bag distribution. To end their 3 day, mission trip they received a tour of a mosque, Hindu temple and Buddhist temple.

Do you have a few youth with a heart for God and missions? We would love to give them an opportunity to share Jesus with the nations right here in our diverse city of Houston and beyond. Contact Dorinda Werner, LINC Mission Service Coordinator, 618-593-1419 or visit www.linchouston.org


No Place To Turn but God's Grace

Yoandrys is a Cuban refugee who recently came to know Christ after experiencing God’s grace and compassion through the ministry of Comunidad de Gracia, one of LINC Houston’s mission churches.

After arriving in the states with no family to stay with or place to turn, Yoandrys was connected with Rev. Nelson Rodriguez and Deaconess Perla Gil de Rodriguez (leaders of Comunidad de Gracia) through Ysleta Lutheran Mission in El Paso, Texas. After arriving at Comunidad de Gracia, Yoandrys and several others traveling with him were welcomed, given shelter, food, and most importantly, the Word of God.

Yoandry shared his testimony with Deaconess Rodriguez stating, “I have visited many churches and have never heard the Word of God preached to me in such way, that Jesus Christ does exist and that he has died for each one of us… Now I can say and understand that my help comes from God alone and without him I would have nothing.”

 In his testimony Yoandry also shared that, “there is no difference between our family and the members of this church, because they have embraced us in every way.”

 As an organization we are touched by Yoandry’s testimony as well as the example shown by Comunidad de Gracia in demonstrating what it means to extend brotherly love in the name of our Lord and Savior. Now Yoandry will go forward extending that same love and his testimony of faith to others, further building the Kingdom of God.

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

John 13:35

What is Glocal Mission?

Many are asking, What is Glocal Mission and how does this relate to LINC?  Read below to learn how LINC Houston is making disciples, training leaders and helping to multiply churches locally and globally.

Glocal Mission lies at the heart of everything LINC Mission Director, Rev. David Kim, is and does.

Some churches focus only on domestic/local missions, while others focus only on overseas/international missions. However, Pastor Kim believes the biblical mandate, and God’s desire, is to make disciples of all nations and people next door locally and by going to all tongues, tribes and nations globally.

It is not a new concept but something that is already reflected in Scripture, specifically Matt. 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8. Glocal is a fusion of two words: Global and Local. Glocal Mission simply means reaching the unreached with the Gospel and making disciples of all nations locally and globally.

With a stunning amount of ethnic diversity, North America is the number one mission field in the world, with more nationalities represented. In fact, in our very own cities we have massive mission fields.

“The mission field is right where we are living,” he says, “right in our own backyards.”

Pastor Kim defines the mission field in the following way, “Every heart without Christ is a mission field, while every heart with Christ is a missionary by vocation.”

He raised a LINC Congolese/Pan-African congregation as an example of how we can accomplish Glocal Mission.

“By partnering and reaching Congolese people at home in Houston, they themselves can take the Gospel back to their home countries and to their own language group,” he said.

On July 22nd, Pastor David visited the Congolese church to celebrate a year’s worth of mission in the city.

The church began last year with 25 members and was looking for a place to worship. Working with LINC, Pastor Austin Tshibangu and his congregation were able to partner with Rev. Bauer and Pilgrim Lutheran Church to have a consistent facility in which to offer worship services. Now, God has blessed them with exponential growth, with 80+ people worshipping every Sunday.

Pastor Kim said, “It is so fun and easy to reach and make disciples of all nations right here and right now utilizing the resources God has given to His church!”

“You don’t have to speak their language,” he adds. “Our role is to facilitate and resource, and their job is to reach their own people and make them into disciples, leaders, and missionaries by vocation.”

For Pastor Kim and LINC Houston, all of this is possible because of “churches around the city partnering with us financially and through prayer. Our God indeed is a Glocal-Missionary God!”

To learn more about Glocal Mission, and to see how your church can get involved, contact Rev. David Kim.

Update to post: Glocal Mission is now an independent mission organization that was launched out from LINC. 

Join LINC for Glocal Mission Day

What is Glocal MISSION Day?

We intend for this to be a GOSPEL SATURATION DAY for Houston, TX where approximately 4 million out 6.8 million people do not know Jesus as their Savior!

We will mobilize and train as many youth and adults as possible in order to reach at least 1000 people for Jesus in one day through prayer walks, park & apartment outreach, distributing flyers, and by sharing Jesus via witness bracelets.

Where will we share Jesus?

We will reach out in all areas of Houston with 5 LINC Mission churches as our “home base”. After August 3, when we receive all registrations, we will assign you to a location. You may share Jesus in an apartment complex, at a park, or in a neighborhood.

When will Glocal Mission Day start and end?

At each location, the event will start at 9:00 am with a time of welcome, orientation, training, prayer and preparation. Then, a time of outreach for Jesus, followed by lunch and debriefing/sharing. We plan to conclude by 2 pm.

What AGES are welcome?

All ages are welcome. ANYONE with Christ is a missionary! God can use all ages to accomplish His mission.

How can we prepare?

Pray for those who will hear the Gospel on that day! We can plant a seed of the Gospel with actions of kindness and word, but only the Holy Spirit can convince them to acknowledge Jesus as their Savior and Lord.

What should I bring?

  • A heart that is grateful for salvation and wishes for ALL to be saved.

  • Refillable water bottle labeled with your name.

  • A Bible

  • Sack Lunch labeled with your name.

  • Sunscreen/hat/tennis shoes

  • Appropriate attire... shorts must be at least mid-thigh length

What is the Suggested Donation?

The suggested donation is $10 per person. Each participant will receive a Glocal Mission Day t-shirt! The donation will also help cover cost of flyers, bracelets etc. Please bring the $10 to the event.

How do I register? Contact Dorinda Werner -- dorinda@linchouston.org or 618-593-1419 When is the Registration Deadline? Monday, August 3. 

Overcoming the 3 basic challenges to Urban Mission Work

by: Mark Junkans - Executive Director

There are some basic challenges to urban mission work that are universal.  This is how LINC is working to overcome those challenges and build a growing network of organizations and ministries to reach and restore our cities.


We the church have been given a mandate by our Lord Jesus Christ. That is, to make disciples of everyone everywhere.

Everywhere we look, there are people who don’t yet know how much God loves them. They haven’t heard the Good News that Jesus died for their sins so they may have peace with God. Instead, they try to make it in this world as best they can. And this world can be a very difficult place, causing many to lose hope.

Because of wide-scale poverty, families in our urban communities struggle to even put food on the table. Children grow up in neighborhoods where the streets have more influence on them than their parents and teachers. Families struggle to stay together and most children grow up without a single positive role model.

Immigrant families struggle in much the same way. Language barriers, lack of education and higher-level job skills make attaining a well-paying career extremely difficult. Most piece together multiple part-time jobs, which leave little time for their families and provide very little money to sustain them.

People from everywhere around the globe now live in our cities, and they bring with them their own cultures, beliefs and values. The city is a challenging mission field to say the least. But this is the mission field where LINC has been called by God to focus all of our efforts, the communities that are the most unreached and underserved by our supporting denomination, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

We wanted to figure out a way to effectively do mission work in Houston and begin to multiply into new communities, knowing that there is always a limited amount of resources available to do so.

We also wanted to expand our ministry into new cities where the same challenges are present, but in order to do this well, we first had to figure out how to overcome three basic challenges.

These are the:

  1. Challenge of Impact
  2. Challenge of Sustainability
  3. Challenge of Scale.


When most people think of ministry in the city, they think of charity work and service projects.

But charity work among the destitute actually serves a very small percentage of individuals in the city who are unable to function normally in society. The vast majority of the poor throughout our city don’t fall into this category of needing charity. Instead, they need empowerment and opportunity.

Service projects by outside groups are a tremendous blessing to people like the elderly and those who are truly helpless. The problem is that most of the projects that outside groups come to do in the city actually take initiative away from proud and able -bodied individuals who could learn to do these things for themselves. Instead of helping people fix their situation, it helps keep them there waiting for the next handout.

Most service projects create a lot of good will among the volunteers, but make very little lasting positive impact in the local community.

And possibly the biggest challenge for the church, is that we’ve come to equate relief work with mission work.

Let’s look at what mission work is: To take the message of Jesus Christ to places where the His kingdom of grace isn’t yet established. In its narrowest terms, every heart without Jesus is a mission field.

The outcomes for all mission work ultimately results in new disciples and new churches. At LINC, we seek to accomplish these outcomes by training new leaders for ministry who plant new churches that reach, impact and transform their communities with the Gospel of Christ.  We believe that this focus provides the best potential Kingdom impact in our communities.

The outcomes for all mission work ultimately results in new disciples and new churches.


Another challenge to work in the city is sustainability. Usually the communities that need the most focus and attention also have the fewest financial resources.

In low-income communities, families often live day to day or week to week, not knowing where the money will come from for tomorrow. When whole communities are living in survival mode, it's extremely difficult to sustain even basic services without outside assistance.

Mission work in these communities faces the same challenges. Outside resources are invested into new mission work in an new community. When those resources eventually go away, that mission is typically left unsustainable and struggles to even survive. In fact, most don’t, and that community is left without a mission presence until the next outside group rallies the resources to start new work. This cycle repeats itself over and over until the residents stop trusting any new work, and outside supporters stop believing that their contributions will actually make a lasting impact.

By focusing on the development of local leaders who can properly leverage their own resources, we know that our work will be more sustainable. A missionary leader who learns to develop the resources God has put in front of him primarily needs the proper training, coaching and incentives to do the work they’ve been called to do. That is precisely what LINC provides in order to create a sustainable mission field.

The opposite approach to this is to pay local leaders using outside funds for the pastoral and mission work they do.  We believe that this model is unsustainable and actually undercuts the mission's goal of stewardship and development of local assets.

By focusing on the development of local leaders who can properly leverage their own resources, we know that our work will be more sustainable.


Because of the unique challenges in each community, a ministry model that works in one location rarely replicates itself into another. It typically takes such an incredible amount of energy and ingenuity just to make something become effective and sustainable that the idea of scaling or multiplying is unfathomable. That, or we try to scale ideas prematurely with little success.

LINC has been working in the city of Houston for 14 years, and has helped other LINC organizations begin around the country. This isn’t based on a single model that is difficult to replicate, but on the basis of principles that are universal to mission work in the City.

The first principle is that the main goal of all mission work is to make disciples, who in turn make disciples. The second principle is that planting new churches is the primary means of making new disciples, through the Means of Grace, Christ’s Word and Sacrament. The third principle is this, that mission work is best done through local leaders who are indigenous to that community. The fourth principle is that work in the city must be holistic in nature in order to truly be impactful. In other words, that community transformation should be an intended outcome of all urban church planting.

Because of the unique challenges in each community, a ministry model that works in one location rarely replicates itself into another.

We’re now doing everything with the end-goal of multiplication. Multiplication of disciples, ministry leaders, churches and community transformation work here in the cities like Houston where LINC already works, and into new cities across the world.

We’re networking leaders on a local and a national level for encouragement and the sharing of best practices. We’re producing programs and materials that are teachable and reproducible in every community. Finally, we’re building a back-end system and replication model for launching LINC ministries in new cities.

Only by God’s grace are we able to move forward so that more lives and communities will be transformed by the power of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.

That God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but will have everlasting life.

Rice University Students Partner with LINC

Rice University students spend their Spring Break with LINC

Spring break is a time when most college students are thinking about having fun and relaxing from all their hard work in school. A group of Christian students from Rice university decided that they would use their Spring break to make a difference in the lives of fellow Houstonians. Led by Pastor Raul from the Chinese Houston Church, these students visited almost a dozen LINC mission sites throughout the week to assist in spreading the Good News of Jesus.

One of those locations was the University of Houston where LINC operates a Campus Ministry primarily to International Students. Below is a message from Dr. Johnson Petta, the Director of our Campus Ministry at UH.

Johnson Petta - UH Campus Ministry Director

March 4, 2015

Students pray before going out to share the Gospel with University Students.

Students pray before going out to share the Gospel with University Students.

We had a delightful "warm up" session with students and their pastor Jason this afternoon before our big day tomorrow to unleash "God's Spirit of Grace" on the campus through prayer and evangelism.  There was an eruption of "excitement and evangelical zeal" as Pastor Raul Rodriguez concluded his rousing challenge to the students to heed the 'fierce urgency of now' to share the "Gospel of Love" with the campus students of our University and to pray for God to ignite an unprecedented revival on the campus that can spark a "Great Awakening" in the Houston Metropolis where every soul will be consumed in the outpouring of God's saving Grace!

Pastor Raul further shared that the the time is now to 'widen the field of our vision' that encompasses Rice University campus by joining forces with Rice University students and the Chinese Houston Church in organizing more of such "cross campus evangelistic outreach" events in the these two colossal mission fields that are magnet to students the world over seeking to advance their academic and professional career goals. 

With a significant Chinese international student representation in our weekly fellowship groups, pastor Raul stated that our partnership with Chinese Houston Church would be a logical natural progress to foster a mutual cultural learning environment for more effective ministry among the Chinese students, who are the largest contingent of international students enrolled in our University's academic and research programs. He added that our crossing paths with this group of Chinese students visiting our campus is not a happenstance but part of a larger vision that God is challenging LCM to embrace by sharpening our focus on the international community on our campus that is expanding by leaps and bounds, unabated, each year. With the current rate of growth, about half of the campus community will constitute international students in the not-so-distant future.

Is the LCM prepared for such a massive demographic shift in terms of its ministry capabilities? I would say more than ever. In a break from the past, LCM is ministering to more international students than ever before. Christian students have become a minority, and that is a hallmark of our expanding international appeal.

LCM seeing increased connection with Muslim Students

In an atmosphere of deep mutual distrust between Christianity and Islam, more Islamic students are attending our fellowship groups than students of other faiths. It is a testament to our cultural knowledge, sensitivity and the irresistible genuine Christian warmth and care that continues to draw these students of Islamic faith searching for the Way, the Truth and the Life, despite the clear and present dangers of severe penalties and stringent religious proscription against such activities. 

Our campus ministers are second to none in terms of the gifts, experience, and cultural and Biblical knowledge that they bring to the ministry. With an undeniable mastery of effective relational skills,  and an uncommon diligence, devotion, energy and passion, the LCM team is poised to scale greater heights of mission successes on the campus and beyond. I appeal to all our parters to send our way more of your diligent prayers, words of encouragements, financial and material support to accomplish more for the Kingdom, with unreserved humility knowing that we are His servants and all Glory belongs to Him and Him only.

Rev. Dominic Rivkin installed as Executive Director of LINC LA

Pastors who participated in the installation service of Rev. Dominic Rivkin as Executive Director of LINC Los Angeles.

Pastors who participated in the installation service of Rev. Dominic Rivkin as Executive Director of LINC Los Angeles.

On Sunday, February 15, 2015, Rev. Dominic Rivkin was installed as the founding Executive Director for LINC Los Angeles.  The event was held at Hope Memorial Lutheran Church of Los Angeles.  Many area pastors participated in the Rite of Installation which was officiated by  Pacific Southwest District President Rev. Larry Stoterau.  

This event is the culmination of years of pre-development work and the prayers of many, that a citywide initiative such as LINC would begin in the City of Los Angeles.  Although Dominic has already been working in this position since early 2014, it is an important step to declare to the church in the greater Los Angeles metro area that the District recognizes his Divine Call to serve in this capacity.  

To learn more about the ministry of LINC LA, please visit their website at www.lincla.org.  Also, keep Dominic in your prayers as he seeks to develop new ministries, leaders and communities for the sake of God's Kingdom.

LINC Houston is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Pacific Southwest District to help launch this new ministry.

LINC National Leaders Gather in Dallas

Back Row: Brian Upton, Mark Junkans, Oscar Benavides, Dominic Rivkin, Ely Prieto, Aaron Putnam Front Row: Michael Newman, Tina Jaison, Scarlett Benjamin, David Kim

Back Row: Brian Upton, Mark Junkans, Oscar Benavides, Dominic Rivkin, Ely Prieto, Aaron Putnam
Front Row: Michael Newman, Tina Jaison, Scarlett Benjamin, David Kim

On February 10-12, Executive Directors from across the country gathered in Dallas at the LINC North Texas office.  Along with forming a national Association, these entrepreneurial leaders shared best practices, worked to build common language and vision as well as encouraged each other to do the hard work of reaching and restoring our cities to God.  

In attendance were: Brian Upton - Building Hope In The City, Mark Junkans - LINC Houston, Oscar Benavides - LINC NT, Dominc Rivkin - LINC Los Angeles, Aaron Putnam - San Francisco Bay Area, Michael Newman - Texas District LCMS, Tina Jaison - LINC Baltimore, Scarlett Benjamin - LINC Rochester, David Kim - LINC Houston, Haleh Kersten - LINC Austin (not pictured).

Look for good things to come from this and upcoming gatherings, as each organization continues to benefit from the synergy that comes from working together for a common purpose.

Texas Aggies Serve at Comunidad De Gracia

Seven Texas Aggies came to partner with Comunidad de Gracia this weekend.

Their job was to do a donation room make-over!!!!

 Everything OUT, Clean/Paint, Sort/throw-away, then everything BACK IN! These students who are from the Lutheran Campus Ministry at Texas A&M tackled the task with lots of enthusiasm and energy!

What a blessing they were to Communidad de Gracia!

Ventriloquist and Puppeteer Visits LINC Missions

It was our PLEASURE to have Ventriloquist/Puppeteer Karen Anders here in Houston this past week. She came all the way from Collinsville IL to share Jesus' love through puppets.

Karen (and her puppets, Chocolate, Brownie and Joy) were able to minister to 3 LINC Mission churches, to children of ESL students in Klein, to a large pre-school in Sugarland and to the children in "Jesus And Me" (J.A.M), a LINC children's program which meets in an apartment on Sunday evenings in Clear Lake. Wow!

God be praised for our safe travels all over the city of Houston, and for wonderful opportunities to spread the JOY and love of Jesus with many children and adults!

LINC Hosts Discipleship Catalyst Retreat

These mission leaders successfully completed Discipleship Catalyst training by Rev. Dr. David Kim at a retreat from January 1-3.

They have been empowered to go and make disciples of all nations! All participants left "fired up" to follow God's great commission to make DISCIPLES who will make disciples. One commented, "This is the BEST way to begin 2015!"

The NEXT Glocal Mission Discipleship Catalyst Training is June 25-27.

Save the date!

Run 4 The City 2014

On November 17, 2014 Mark Junkans will begin his 200 mile run from Concordia University, Texas in Austin to Trinity Lutheran Church in Houston.  He will run an average of 40 miles a day to cover the distance while stopping to make presentations at schools and churches.  

He is raising money for LINC Houston’s mission work, with a goal of $100,000 in donations.

The run begins at 10am November 17 at Concordia University, Texas and finishes on Friday, November 21 in the afternoon at Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Houston.

Please visit www.run4thecity.com to donate and to learn more about this event.