Overcoming the 3 basic challenges to Urban Mission Work

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.

OUR MANDATE

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.

IMPACT:

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.

SUSTAINABILITY:

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.

SCALABILITY

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.

1 + 1 = 1

(One LINC Partnering Church + One LINC Mission Church = One Successful VBS Day!!)

Rev. Stephen DeMik (St.John, Cypress) had orchestrated and planned a one-day VBS to be held on July, 12, 2014, in an apartment complex near LINC Mission Pastor George Adegboye's church in Southwest, Houston (Fellow Citizens In Christ). BUT, at the last minute, the apartment had an unexpected meeting arise, and had to cancel. After all the planning, this was disappointing news!  Rev. DeMik did not want to cancel VBS, so he prayed and contacted an apartment complex near his church in Cypress, and quickly distributed fliers to invite children to come. He also invited Pastor George's church members/children to come to enjoy the VBS in Northwest Houston.  

"God had a completely different plan than we had," Pastor DeMik said, "but we are thankful for the opportunity we had to shine for Jesus in our own neighborhood!"  Pastor George's church members were blessed by this event even though, for them, it took place in a far-away neighborhood. "This is what the body of Christ is meant to be!" Pastor George said. "We who have been blessed with God's love are to share it with those who have never or barely heard this Good News! We are called to make disciples of all nations and all neighborhoods! It was a joy to be in mission together with St. John Lutheran Church in Cypress whether it was in our neighborhood or theirs." 

According to LINC Church Planter, David Wray, the members of St. John did a beautiful job of sharing the message of the cross and Jesus love with all the participants. He was very impressed with the way the Gospel was presented to the children. He observed that so much can be accomplished in one day if it is well organized. David remarked,  "Sometimes we get overwhelmed when we think we need to plan a whole week of VBS, I think it would be fantastic if more of our LINC Partner churches would do more single day events like this to support and encourage our LINC Mission churches! These could even be done on any given Saturday throughout the year, not just in the summer."  

Jesus said, " The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest fields."  

                                                                              Matthew 9:37-38

We welcome more harvesters!! Please contact us!!

For more information about LINC Houston mission opportunities/needs, please contact:

Rev. David Kim, LINC Mission Director 

713-494-3127  davidkim@linchouston.org

Dorinda Werner, LINC Mission Service Coordinator 

618-593-1419  dorinda@linchouston.org



New Latino Radio Talk Show

Photo Courtesy of www.Sentidolatino.com

Photo Courtesy of www.Sentidolatino.com

Pastor Luciano Vega-Ayala, IBC Director for LINC Houston, is co-hosting a radio program targeted at Latinos in the United States dealing with the multiple cultures. 

Just a few of the themes the show touches on include, blending cultures together, how to raise your kids within the U.S culture, the clash of different cultures, and how to deal with the issues that arise.

It is a show anyone in the public can listen to, it's a family friendly program. Parents and their children can listen in together. It pushes Christian values, but is not preaching or lecturing. It's a discussion style type of show. The audience can call in, email, or Facebook with the hosts and help suggest topics to cover. Pastor Vega-Ayala and his co-host, Lorna Virgili, don't always agree and bring to the table different view points on topics.

Currently, the show is broadcasting in 15 cities around the United States, and is hoping to grow to a larger audience. 

You can find more information on Sentido Latino at their website. They also have the listening times listed there as well.

Spreading Some Christmas Cheer

Students sorting canned goods for the food pantry at CDG.

Students sorting canned goods for the food pantry at CDG.

Monday, December 16, 2013--- Students from  Lutheran South Academy gave a helping hand at the mission church, Comunidad de Gracia (CDG). They cleaned the worship space, the food pantry, the gardens around the church, and even some storage spaces.

The students, their parents, and their teachers have teamed up with CGD to help make it a stronger community. The students spent all morning helping out the church get ready for their Christmas Services. 

Taking a break from sorting to pose for a picture.

Taking a break from sorting to pose for a picture.

The students, parents, and teachers split into different groups in order to get the most possible work done. CDG just remodeled their food pantry, so many of the students we're given the task of painting, building shelves, organizing food and toiletries, and sweeping. Other students we're given the task of yard work and pulling out weeds. Some helped shine up all the pews in the church. Others were on the decorating committee and helped put up Christmas trees. 

The Christmas tree donated to CDG from Lutheran South Academy.

The Christmas tree donated to CDG from Lutheran South Academy.

This year the students chose to donate a decorated tree to CDG. It was placed in the main worship area. The students made the ornaments and decorations for it as well.

The boys and girls were laughing and giggling through all their hard work, which made us think that they we're really working at all... but in the end the space was shiny and full of love and cheer.

CGD thanks all the students, their parents and teachers for all the help in making this Christmas extra special and bright. 

Health Fair and Community Services

Friday, December 13,  2013--- LINC Houston's Greenspoint Mission hosted a health fair along with it's food pantry and community services day.

It was a very successful day.

Hundreds of people were able to get food for their family, but also take a moment to stop by and learn about the health care options available to them.

There was even a free flu shot booth.

Many different organizations came out to bring their information and aid to those in need.

To learn more about volunteering or helping with LINC's Community Service Programs... please contact perla@linchouston.org.

Run 4 the City Event Raises nearly $70,000 after 24 Hour Run.

Houston, TX--- This past weekend, LINC Houston Executive Director, Mark Junkans set out on a 24 hour run to raise money to support LINC programs. Junkans ran about 120 miles, starting out in Northwest Houston and ending downtown, at Trinity Lutheran Church. After collecting one-time donations and per mile pledges, the final number comes close to 70,000 dollars.

Junkans ran or walked nearly the entire time, with allowing rest at stops along the way which included many of the churches that support LINC Houston efforts. Junkans was assisted by volunteers who helped keep him hydrated, fed, and encouraged. From the people who drove support vehicles to those who helped pace him by running along his side, he couldn’t have done it without them.

Junkans became very emotional toward the end when he saw the crowds that had gathered to cheer him on. He crossed the finish line with his wife and daughters holding his hand. He was greeted by friends, family, and church members. As part of the ice cream social, he gave a thank you speech to all those who believed in him and his organization. He said, “I am completely overwhelmed by the support that we received from across the city for this event.  Thanks to everyone who participated: the runners who kept me company along the way, those who donated, the whole support team and each congregation who welcomed me and cheered me on.”

Mark said he’s feeling pretty good the day after considering he had just ran/walked the past 24 hours straight. He’s a little sleep deprived and hungry, but is doing great. He’s really happy with the way the event went. He says, “We set out to raise awareness and money for the needs in the communities we serve.  To be able to raise $70k in a 24 hour period is a testament to how committed our partners are to making an impact in the city. A thank you goes to all the individuals, churches, and local businesses who contributed so that we can serve more people.”

Mark crosses finish line with wife and daughters holding his hands. 

Mark crosses finish line with wife and daughters holding his hands. 

Pastor David Kim Speaks in Maryland

Pastor David Kim just returned from speaking at the First Immigrant Mission of North America National Conference in Maryland. He was invited to speak on the topic, "Becoming a Self-sustaining, Generous, and Missional Congregation."

 After workshop  group picture

 After workshop  group picture

The conference was sponsored by the Southern Eastern District and the National Mission Office of the LCMS.

Pastor Kim says, "Immigration or migration is not accidental. As immigrants and refugees come to our land because of war, famine, disaster, injustice, American Dream, 'they might hear about our God and see His glory by God's grace' (Acts 17:26-27)."

He says, "God has brought us all immigrants to the USA not to just to live by American Dream but to live out everyday everywhere to accomplish God's mission by God's power and with God's given resources. "

Three quotes from Pastor Kim to take with you:

“The trouble with any church is not lack of money; it is lack of Mission Mindset/DNA, Faith/Trust in the Lord, and Creativity."

“Stewardship without Mission is Unnecessary and Mission without Stewardship is Impossible”

Holding hands altogether to pray and praise as token of Unity for Kingdom's Work

Holding hands altogether to pray and praise as token of Unity for Kingdom's Work

 “FundRaising” is Faith Raising, People Raising, and Mission Raising"    

Pastor Kim enjoyed his time at the conference and took away this: 

"The challenge of funding missions and ministries is everywhere and among African Immigrant churches this is not an exception. God's people and leaders need to learn where they can find the resources to carry out God's Kingdom vision and mission. In the midst of all the challenges and uncertainty, there's one premise that stands true: 'Where God leads God provides.' "

 

Mission Church Gets Some TLC

Houston’s Centro de Fe y Esperanza, located in the Denver Harbor area, received some much-needed work on Saturday, August 3 as volunteers from Epiphany Lutheran Church in Pearland, TX took some time from their busy schedules to help out.

For six hours, these volunteers braved the Texas heat and humidity as they picked up trash, mowed, and weeded CdFE’s  property.

Epiphany LC at CDFE.JPG

They even donated mulch, topsoil, and some flowers to spruce the place up a bit.

Their hard work and commitment were certainly appreciated.

If you are interested in a project similar to this please contact doug@linchouston.org

 

Exxon Mobile Group Organizes Aid Boxes

On Tuesday, July 30th, 13 employees from Exxon Mobil, led by Teni Suleiman, came to LINC Houston in order to assist in preparing for disaster relief.

Exxon Mobil Crew.JPG

This group sifted and sorted through hundreds of pounds of clothing, bedding, and toiletries in order to put together boxes that will be distributed throughout the Houston area as needed.

At the end of the day, Exxon’s team had assembled around 50 relief boxes; enough supplies in each to support a family of four.

In just a few hours, aid was made available for close to 200 people.

Disaster Relief Boxes.JPG

Not satisfied with that, the Exxon crew also helped organize LINC’s storage facilities in order to allow staff and volunteers to apply their effort elsewhere.

In addition to all of their hard work, the crew leader informed LINC staff that Exxon Mobil would be giving a $500 grant in order to fund future efforts. 


 

Some Painting and Lots of Multi-Culture Experiences

Painting the Hallways at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Painting the Hallways at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

The High School Youth Group from St. John's Lutheran Church from Cypress is spending four days serving through LINC Houston's Mission Program. They are staying at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, which they are also helping to update with some new coats of paint. They previously served with LINC a few years back, and now are looking for a whole new experience, which is something LINC can offer.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Host Site for LINC Mission Stays, is Getting New Paint in the Sleeping Quarters. 

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Host Site for LINC Mission Stays, is Getting New Paint in the Sleeping Quarters. 


Jon Zoch, St. John's Youth Minister, said this year he wanted his students to experience the diversity in God's Kingdom. This trip they are helping serve in multiple areas around Houston. They are helping with a Vacation Bible School, painting, and serving with different churches. They are also going on a Nehemiah Vision Tour with Pastor Kim to learn about the different religions and people who are living in the Houston area. Zoch says that it's a good experience for the students to be able to learn about and see their city.

The students have also enjoyed their meals, which aren't what they are normally accustomed to, but is more traditional Mexican as opposed to Tex-Mex. Zoch says there have been no complaints and lots of compliments. 

Food Pantry Success

On July 19, 2013, LINC Houston hosted a food distribution along with social services. More than 250 families were given fresh fruit, veggies, and meat to feed their members with healthy options. LINC also assisted people who needed help getting WIC and SNAP forms filled out, among other things. 

Events like this wouldn't even be possible without the help of volunteers and donations.  The Houston Food Bank charges a fee to bring the food out to LINC's mission center and other locations. They do not provide any of the volunteers who help unload the truck, organize the pallets, and hand out the food. This is an area where we can always use more hands.

Please consider donating your time to help with the next food pantry coming up in August.  If you can't donate your time, consider donating a small fee. To do that you can click here. If you would like to help in any other way please contact perla@linchouston.org.