Abiding in Jesus through Fasting

October fast 2018 – Renewed Practice  

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.” John 15:9

 Abiding in the Father’s love through His Son Jesus Christ is the root of all Christian disciplines.  Christian disciplines, like fasting, aid in helping us connect with the Father’s heart which is to see the gospel proclaimed to ALL Nations.

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14

To abide means drawing from the root, Jesus Christ our Lord, where everything necessary for our work as laborers and ambassadors for Christ is sustained. 2 Corinthians 5:17-20

Fasting is just one Christian discipline Jesus modeled in Matthew 4 and assumed His first disciples would practice in Matthew 6. Later in the book of Acts, fasting was practiced as part of the new church movement tied to the moving of the Holy Spirit as leaders where being appointed and local missionaries sent to labor in the Harvest Acts 13:2.

“And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with PRAYER and FASTING they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.” Acts 14:23 

 LINC Houston’s local mission leaders are committing the month of October to fasting and praying for new mission leaders in the Houston area.  Our goal for this year is to identify 8 new mission leaders who meet the qualifications of elder/pastor/overseer outlined in Titus 1:5-9.

During October Fast, we will collectively commit to fasting on Tuesday and Thursday for breakfast and lunch while designating a specific time for prayer and devotion. Please consider joining us for OCTOBER FAST 2018.

Florida Youth Serve the Houston Community!

The youth mission team from St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Oviedo, Florida has been spreading the love of Jesus Christ throughout the Houston Community with a week of outreach and service. Though the team started the week with a long list of tasks, they were determined to see it finished to the end!

The experience began with a meeting at the LINC office and later exploring the urban beauty of downtown Houston including touring  places of worship from a mosque, a Hindu temple, and a Buddhist template. All three were great learning experiences for the team, and they discovered how great is the gift of God’s grace. Throughout the week, the team stayed at Communidad de  Gracia where they worked with Deaconess Perla Rodriguez and her team. Their primary mission was to help Casa de Oracion with cleanup and assist with VBS in the afternoon. They did everything; from mowing, painting, weed eating, tree trimming, organizing classrooms, cleaning up the playground, and even handing out fliers to help bring more children to VBS! 

Every day they heard an amazing testimony from different individuals from the community that helped the team gain a greater perspective on life and what it means to follow Christ. One of the most interesting things the team was able to experience was a multicultural worship service led by Pastor Nelson from Communidad de Gracia and Mesak Petro from the Kunamas. The service really opened their eyes to how people worship God all over the world, and all the different ways that one can praise God! 

The team has been making a difference at a number of local organizations from Communidad de Gracia, Casa de Oracion, and Community Family Center Food Fair. As LINC intends, the Florida youth worked with members of churches...not to do the work for our LINC churches, but to work in partnership with them. Engage...equip...empower! THANK YOU from LINC Houston for hard-work and kindness from the Youth Mission Team for their service at Casa De Oracion Houston, Communidad de Gracia, and Community Family Center Food Fair. Houston has been touched with God's love through these students and adults from St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Oviedo, FL! 

Announcing LINC's New Executive Director & CEO!

Houston, TX.  Release: July 1, 2018. For Immediate Release

pastor VINCE WILL be joining linc staff IN HOUSTON IN AUGUST.

pastor VINCE WILL be joining linc staff IN HOUSTON IN AUGUST.

LINC Houston is proud to be the first local expression of LINC Ministries, International (LMI). LMI provides much needed organizational support to our ministry. The LMI network consists of local organizations in five U.S. cities and three other countries. Together we have deployed an amazing team of church planters, urban missionaries and multi-ethnic leaders who are moving the needle in urban church planting and community development.

In the latest news, the Board of Directors of LINC Ministries, Int’l is pleased to announce that the call to Rev. Vince Parks to serve as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer has been accepted, and that Rev. Parks will begin his tenure July 2, 2018.

Vince follows LINC’s founder, Rev. Mark Junkans, in promoting the vision and mission of LINC in multiple cities across the United States. As Rev. Junkans pursues business as mission opportunities internationally, Rev. Parks will provide vital development and oversight to LINC’s mission of engaging local leaders who start new ministries that impact communities for the Gospel. 

Vince has admired the dynamic ministry of LINC since its inception, and has most recently served as a Board member and chair for 6 years, the past 4 as Board Chair. Vince will join Operations Director and COO Matthew Schultz at our Houston offices and is excited to work with City Directors in that city, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St.Paul, and Milwaukee.    

“We are so blessed to have an amazing man of God and skilled organizational leader join our team.” said Rev. Dominic Rivkin LINC’s outgoing Interim Executive Director, “The City Directors, the staff, and the Board look forward to working with Vince as together we listen for God’s leading to faithfully implement our local mission development strategy among the overlooked and underestimated people of our cities.” 

Rev. Parks shares that, “After 20 years of congregational leadership, I am blessed, humbled, and thrilled to now lead a collaborative team of men and women connecting God given vision, people, and ideas for life transformation.”

Speaking on behalf of the Board, Vice-Chair Donna Thomisee remarks, “Vince’s passion for mission work was evident in the first few minutes of my meeting him when I first joined the Board. Talking with him now about the past successes of LINC and the future he sees for LINC creates a contagious excitement and strong desire for me and many others to be a part of this journey.”

LINC Ministries, Int’l is dedicated to continue work on God’s vision for restoring the city to Christ through engaging, equipping and empowering local leaders. New ministries, churches, and businesses benefit from the successful 16 year track record of LINC organizations. To find out more, please visit us a www.linc.org.

You can contact Pastor Vince at vparks@linc.org.  We encourage you to send him a message of welcome and encouragement!

A Successful Reaching the City Gala!

The overwhelming participation at the “Reaching the City” Gala 2018 is a testimony of the strength of the heart of LINC Houston. We set a record attendance of 248, demonstrating the solidarity of mission and commitment to reaching the LOST with the love of Jesus in the city of Houston. We increased our base of monthly support with 31 new monthly mission supporters sacrificially responding to a heartfelt need to secure the future with sustained giving. For the first time, 10 event sponsors completely covered the expenses of the Gala displaying a spirit of generosity and leadership modeling sacrificial giving. In addition, we added 23 new first-time supporters to LINC Houston. There were 42 gifts for the auction raising a total of $12,070.00. Together, we raised a grand total $137,538.00 to strengthen our mission at LINC Houston.

At the 2018 “Reaching the City” Gala, we set some God-sized goals to reach the city of Houston with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our sincere hope and desire for this year is to engage, equip, and empower 8 new mission leaders, train 500 to share the Gospel in a simple and relational way, and share the Gospel in the city of Houston 3000 times. We believe that these are attainable goals that stretch our resolve and require unrelenting focus to fulfill the Great Commission. However, we know that these goals may only be reached if, TOGETHER, we seek after our heavenly Father’s heart for the lost (Matthew 23:14), and pray for boldness to share the Gospel. Certainly, your financial partnership is a tremendous blessing and will help us accomplish our goals. Let’s agree to pray to the Lord of the harvest, Jesus Christ, to send LABORERS into the harvest field beginning with us (Luke 10:2).