Derek’s Story: Faith & Cleaning

Our success story today comes from a local man who was in desperate need of direction and, more importantly, faith.

No matter how hard we try to remain faithful to our beliefs, our traditions and our Lord, the world often throws up challenges that can appear insurmountable and can lead to our belief systems being put under stress. For those of us lucky enough to have a stable job and a support network we may find that the stresses of the modern world rarely trouble us, but the same, unfortunately, can not be said for everyone.

Derek is one such Christian who found himself up against it a few years ago. Having grown up in the small city of Conroe, he received average grades throughout his school years and did not receive the support that he desperately needed from his parents. Although he came from a religious family, their faith was surface level. Derek’s family attended church in order keep up appearances, but they did not engage actively with their church. Without faith in God and severely lacking any guidance from his parents, Derek found himself aimlessly drifting through life.

After falling out with his parents as a teenager, the young Derek left home to live in the ‘big city’ of Houston. Although this young Christian soul found a place to live and even a job to pay the bills, he still found himself missing a purpose. On a whim, he decided to attend is local church’s Sunday service. The church experience was completely different without his family in attendance and Derek felt a warmth that he hadn’t known before.

Whilst chatting to his new church family, Derek got talking to a local businessman who could tell that this young man had an earnestness, faith and will to be a real success. As it happens this man, a good Christian himself, was just starting a cleaning business and was in need of trustworthy individuals to join him. This turnkey business opportunity had presented itself to the man at an opportune moment in his life, a fortuitous event that no Derek no doubt benefited from. Although Derek was financially stable, he was in need of a new purpose and this is exactly what this man’s cleaning business offered him.

Within a matter of months, Derek had become a regular member of this new church. His work with the new BBQ cleaning business was going well and he had now earned the trust of the local community. Derek’s faith, no matter how flimsy its origins, was what brought him this success. By allowing himself to believe and trust in God, he was able to make more of himself and bring himself closer to his fellow man.

We wish him all the best in his future endeavours!

5 Exciting Faith & Non-Faith Based Events in December

Are you new to Houston and looking to meet some like-minded Christians?

December is one of the busiest times of the year for Christians here in Houston, but it can also be one of the loneliest times for those who have yet properly put their roots down.

At some point in our lives we are all thrust into a new place; either we move home or start a new job, and it can be difficult ‘break the ice’ and get over the initial embarrassment of meeting new people for the first time. Thankfully, if you’re a Christian in Houston you are well and truly amongst friends!

Houston is know for being one of the biggest centres of Christianity in America and although church attendance figures have been slowly dropping in line with the national average, there are still hundreds of thousands of church-going Christian folk who are always eager to meet new friends and make strangers feel welcome. Although December is a month that is naturally packed with Christmas events, there are other events available that are perfect opportunities for newcomers to find out more about the city and themselves.

These are the Christian events that have got us excited us this month:

A Christian Seminar on Romance, Love and Forgiveness [FREE]

There are many reasons why a relationship can break down and sometimes it can be a real challenge to understand why this has happened. Although the Bible is always a great resource when it comes to finding useful lessons, it can prove to be a little oblique when giving us hard lessons. This absolutely free seminar is suitable for people from all backgrounds, regardless of their denomination or current marital status and covers topics such as: ‘Restored Communication’, ‘Forgiveness of the Past’ and ‘Improved Intimacy’.

Date: 5-8pm, Thursday 6th December 2018 Location: Jesse H. Jones Central Library Conference Room, 500 McKinney Street

Blessed To Be A Blessing Spoken Arts Battle [$12.37]

It doesn’t get much more exciting than this! Some of the city’s brightest Christian spoken artists are going to be attendance at what promises to be one of the most electrifying faith-based events this year. Organised by the Bodie Foundation, this evening will not only be a whole load of fun, but it will also be raising money for a good cause. 100% of the proceeds from the event will be going towards a family in need, something that every good-hearted Christian can get behind.

Date: 5:30-9:30pm, Saturday 8th December 2018 Location: Midtown Art Center, 3414 La Branch Street

Eat Together: A Meal for the Longest Night of the Year [FREE*]

This innovative event is just the thing for an open-minded Christian looking to meet and discuss their faith in a relaxed setting. The depths of winter can be a rather dark and unsettling place, so its good in these times to have somewhere to share some food and conversation. Gastrochurch meetings are informal meetups where people from all walks of life can discuss a wide range of topics from a Christian worldview (although all are welcome).

Date: 7-9pm, Friday 21st December 2018 Location: Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose Boulevard