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."