Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | October 17, 2009

Weekend Warriors

   It’s good to be back in Katy after having spent the past month in Cambodia and Uganda. I am grateful to Jon Davis, our Missions Ministry Associate, and Amy Granger, our Missions Ministry Assistant, for keeping the home fires burning while I was away. Our Missions Ministry is in constant motion, planning and leading over a hundred annual local and international missions initiatives as well as overseeing our Benevolence Ministry. This has been a good year. We estimate that by the end of the year, approximately 3,000+ Kingsland volunteers (several repeats) will have served in our various local and international initiatives.

   In spite of my jet lag, I was up early this morning to meet Jon at the Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston. Jon mobilized Kingsland’s Christian Fellowship and Mosaic Adult Bible Fellowships to meet some practical needs today. Our teams added some much-needed shelving at the center, built a security fence around air conditioning units, and added seasonal flowers and fresh mulch. The best part of our weekend initiatives is spending time with Kingsland’s weekend warriors and those to whom we minister. Debbie Stoddard, the PHC Executive Director, and some of her staff, joined us today. They were very grateful for all that our weekend warriors accomplished.

Katy PHC   I am also grateful to the parents who brought their kids to today’s initiative. One of the best ways to raise kids that have a heart for others is by including them in service initiatives. We always plan kid-friendly and age-appropriate projects for kids to do at each of our weekend initiatives. Over the past four years, Kingsland kids have joined their parents and grandparents to serve others from Katy to Houston’s inner-city neighborhoods. We want for parents and kids to make special memories by serving others together. My youngest daughter has joined me on over a hundred local service initiatives and two international mission trips. Serving others has strengthened our relationship by providing lots of opportunities for us to talk, laugh, get our hands dirty, and pray together.

Go Beyond Van   Our weekend warriors are making a difference throughout our community. One lady in an inner-city neighborhood told me she knows that good things are going to happen when she sees our Go Beyond work van and Kingsland volunteers in the neighborhood. An elderly man told me that his inner-city neighborhood was starting to feel safe again because of all of the work our weekend warriors had done there. An urban pastor told me that people were visiting his church because of the good work our folks had done in his neighborhood. One man told one of our weekend warriors that he was not a Christian but was definitely interested in learning more about Jesus because of the good work that our weekend warriors had done to help his neighbor in need. So, as Jesus said, let’s let our light shine before others in such a way that they see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:16). Join the ranks of the kingdom’s weekend warriors!


Responses

  1. I’m reading your post, “Weekend Warriors”

    Thanks for updates of world wide mission works!

    Mortuza
    Bangladesh

  2. Hi Omar.
    I was introduced to your blog by Lanni Fish several weeks ago. I am leading the high school girls Bible study for PPBC. We are studying Acts and the New Testament Church/Community. I have been sharing with them some of your recent posts. They are very interested in becoming a part of a mission project here in our area. Do you have any suggestions? They would like something along the lines of the Pregnancy Help Center but I think they would be happy with any suggestions. Also, if you happen to be in the area any time, I would love for you to come and speak with them. We have been talking about listening to the Holy Spirit and His guidance. Please let me know if you have any thoughts for me to share with these young ladies.
    Thank you for the many blessings you have shared.
    Terri Oliver
    (daughter of Jerry and Eloise Varner and daughter-in-law of AC and Jeanne Winkler)

  3. Hi Terri…

    Thanks so much for writing. I am glad to hear that you are leading the high school girls Bible study at Plymouth Park. Please give them my greetings.

    In regard to missions opportunities in Irving that your girls can get involved in, here are a few suggestions. With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner…

    • prepare a Thanksgiving basket for a family in need and personally deliver it. School teachers are often a good source for learning about families in need.

    • purchase, wrap, and deliver gifts to needy children or to the children of those in prison through Angel Tree, a ministry of Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship. You can learn more about this ministry at http://www.angeltree.org.

    • replenish school supplies for needy kids going back to school after the holidays. Once again, school teachers in the church can be a good source of information on families in need.

    • Volunteer to paint playground equipment at a local school during Christmas break. We have found schools in our area to be very receptive to this.

    • Check with your local Christian pregnancy help center to see what needs they have. Offer to make baskets for new Moms that contain diapers, baby wipes, onesie outfits, lotions, etc.

    These are just a few suggestions. Thanks for leading your girls to go beyond by serving others in the community.

    When you have a moment, please read my post on AC Winkler at http://gobeyondblog.com/2008/11/25/barnabas-winkler/.

    Please give my regards to your family.

    Blessings,
    Omar~


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