In July, Lifebridge Church partnered with the Eritrean Evangelical Church to bring Vacation Bible School to Los Arcos Apartments. The beautiful children, most not English-speaking, caught the hearts of the adults who facilitated the VBS.
Los Arcos is one of several apartment complexes in the Houston area with a high concentration of refugees. Most refugee families come to America with only the clothes on their backs and cannot afford the cost of new uniforms for their children, which are required by the local schools. LifeBridge members came together and decided to make sure the children of Los Arcos are able to begin their very first school year in America with the right clothing. Using church funds earmarked for outreach and donations from lots of great people who could not be at the distribution but wanted to help, LifeBridge purchased clothes and school supplies. With the vital assistance of volunteers from the Eritrean Evangelical Church, St. John Lutheran in Cypress, Pilgrim Lutheran, Gloria Dei Lutheran, LINC, new friends - Nepali missionaries Abraham and Om Maya Tamang - and the Los Arcos community, over 300 children and teens each received a package of underwear, a pack of socks, two pair of pants, two shirts and some school supplies. The purpose of the event was to begin an outreach in that community where lasting relationships can be developed with those new to our city.
Families of diverse nations, languages and faiths live in Los Arcos. Muslim, Hindu and many more sects and religions are represented. The mission field is right here in Houston!! One teen in line told Sasha, a Lifebridge volunteer that he doesn't believe in our God or in "this Jesus". She was dismayed and responded to the young man that "God loves you anyway". A bit later, two Eritrean girls sought Sasha out and told her that the young man had asked them to find her. He wanted her to know that he DOES believe in Jesus and knows he is saved. He could not acknowledge that in front of his little brother because his parents would be very angry. Can you imagine being afraid to share the joy of our salvation in Jesus with your own family? How alone this brave teenager must feel at times!
LifeBridge leaders and members are prayerfully considering the next step God has planned for this partnership with LINC ministry leaders. Is your church ready to step out in "GLOCALMISSION" - globally local missions? Call us. We will help you find the right partner so that together you can impact our city with the Word of God, with the saving grace that is Jesus.