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Reaching the Nations
Prayer and Encouragement
Coming alongside to encourage and pray for our partners, missionaries, and friends is now more important than ever. Receiving a phone call, email, WhatsApp message, or text can lift people’s spirits and encourage them in the work God has sent them to do. If you have a heart for a specific ministry—whether local or global, and you already have their contact information—please reach out to them directly, and let us know to whom you are reaching out and what updates you learn.
This is a wonderful opportunity for a small group, Sunday School, or even a few friends to do together. For ministry and contact information, please contact Mary-Floye Federer at email@example.com. To learn more about our priority partners, see the sidebar.
Houston Welcomes Refugees
Arrivals of refugees continue to be impacted by COVID-19 related travel restrictions. houston welcomes refugees continues to carry out its mission of supporting newly resettled refugees and mobilizing volunteers for future arrivals. Below are some specific ways you can support houston welcomes refugees during this time.
- Pray! Pray that their refugee families would not feel alone, that the volunteers would be encouraged, and pray for houston welcomes refugees as an organization to continue mobilizing new volunteers
- Donate a Welcome Kit or purchase items from the Amazon Wish List here.
- Join an online orientation (and invite family or friends to participate with you) here.
- Give financially to support houston welcomes refugees in this time
Serving Our Neighbors
Attack Poverty is one of FPC’s priority partner for serving locally during the COVID-19 pandemic because of their proven record of transformative and holistic ministry in times of crisis, as they did following Harvey. The Friends of Northside location is an active distribution site on Tuesdays and Thursdays, needing volunteers to sort, pack, and deliver food packages to the elderly and at-risk individuals. Email Lea Byrd at firstname.lastname@example.org for the link to register to volunteer. Please note that Attack Poverty's efforts are considered "essential" by the City of Houston, and therefore are allowed to continue serving amidst the Stay Home, Work Safe order. They are adhering to strict CDC Guidelines by requiring volunteers to:
- Have their temperature checked before entering the building
- Wear a face mask when handling food. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided
- Wear gloves while handling all food and non-food resources
- Make someone on the Northside staff aware of any potential illness or exposure to COVID-19 known prior to arriving to volunteer
- Disengage from volunteering for 2 weeks following first presented symptoms of any illness
Main Street Ministries
Main Street Ministries (MSM) is FPC's other local priority partner. As MSM is mobilizing their own COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Response, their most urgent need is for financial support and prayer.
Main Street Ministries is in need of several donated items: Clorox Wipes for high touch surfaces and client kiosks for Operation ID, large size brown lunch bags to share produce from the Community Garden with clients, and Walmart gift cards to use for supplies for workshop participants as well as incentives for workshop attendance.
Based on this estimated need per household and the number of households that have been through MSM's Life Empowerment programs, MSM anticipates needing $360,000 to cover these immediate gaps. This action plan and the needed funding is only phase one of the work that will be done as Main Street Ministries and the community as a whole respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
FPC is blessed to have recently joined in partnership with Restoring Justice. Restoring Justice is dedicated to loving and fighting for the people the system has forgotten. Established on faith-based principles, Restoring Justice provides excellent legal, social, and counseling services to people accused of crimes who cannot afford to hire attorneys themselves. Our mission is to pursue Christ's justice. Our vision is that the criminal justice system acknowledges, respects, and upholds Constitutional rights and dignity for every human. For opportunities to support and serve with Restoring Justice, go to restoringjustice.org.
#TakeUsToYourTable is a campaign Mayor, Sylvester Turner has established to help support Houston restaurants through this difficult time. However, The Forge would like to take it one step further by asking you when ordering take out from your favorite restaurant, to also purchase a gift card from them and pass it along to the FORGE! The gift cards will allow them to order curbside for their families who are experiencing financial hardship during COVID-19. They are also accepting individually wrapped/packaged snacks.
Gift cards and snacks may be mailed to The Forge campus at 3435 Dixie Drive, 77021, or dropped off any day of the week, Monday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Please feel free to contact Beth Lee for any questions at 713-660-1871 or at email@example.com.
Feeding Houston's Heroes
Feeding Houston's Heroes is an opportunity for Houstonians to say "Thank You!", and give back to those who sacrifice so much for this city we love. We are raising funds to purchase meals, snacks, and coffee from local restaurants to be delivered to Houston's healthcare workers, first responders, and others on the front line as well as support local restaurants who are struggling to stay afloat during this time of uncertainty. This is a volunteer-run effort and 100% of the funds collected will be used for purchasing and delivering meals. You can donate via the GoFundMe page or if you would like to receive a tax receipt for your giving, you may make a gift on the FPC “Feeding Houston’s Heroes" page.