- Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Community | Elaine A. Heath & Scott T. Kisker | Foundational read for understanding FAM Houston.
- Missional. Monastic. Mainline.: A Guide to Starting Missional Micro-Communities in Historically Mainline Traditions | Elaine A. Heath & Larry Duggins | Guide that outlines how FAM Houston was formed
- When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor...And Yourself | Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert | Influential for FAM Houston's paradigm of empowerment mission
Six years ago this May I moved to Houston and was invited into the home of my friend and fellow community member, Nusura. We shared brownies and a bowl of strawberries the first time we hung out. We sat on her couch and we tried to use Google Translate to talk. But we mostly just sat there and giggled like 5th graders.
Friends — oh, what a year!
It’s been one for the books for Houstonians — Hurricane Harvey revealing epic devastation 51.88 inches of rain all-at-once brings while also calling out our Very best. Astros claiming World Series championship and Houstonians exploding with pride and joy. Snow falling all night long and sticking to the ground and all of us reconnecting with our inner gleeful child.
Houstonians are bringing the kingdom of God here in our city as it is in heaven. World Series Champs, c’mon somebody! Really though — Jesus says we bring heaven to earth when we dump all our energy and resources into loving God and loving people.
I'm incredibly grateful and honored to be in ministry with a church family that experiments and longs to be in sync with God's dream for us and the world.
On Sunday, April 19, I had a blast preaching in English with my brother, friend, and partner in ministry Thony Ngumbu who preached in Swahili.
Acts 2 explains the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon the twelve apostles—there was a sound of rushing wind, there were tongues like fire that rested on each person, and they were given ability by the Holy Spirit to speak in all languages present so the diverse gathered crowd understood what was being spoken. Bystanders were amazed, perplexed, and even judgmental of what was happening.
1 box of jumbo chalk. 4 bottles of bubbles. 4 jump ropes. 46 happy kids.
Sounds like loaves and fishes to me.
Living in community offers many opportunities to practice sharing. I was moved by a beautiful example of this truth while spending time with the children of Los Arcos last Wednesday.
Last Wednesday, with courage, we gathered for our first weekly community meal to share food, fellowship and the love of Christ with our Fondren neighbors. Nobody knew what to expect – including us! But luckily, God did, and the Holy Spirit was definitely in the room. The diversity of backgrounds, ages, races, etc. was an expression of what I personally believe heaven will look like.
So therein lies the question – how did people from all over the world end up in an apartment in SW Houston?
We announce with great joy Fondren Apartment Ministry updates—God is at work and Westbury is responding!
Westbury UMC welcomed Eric Mukuba to the apartment ministry team! Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eric hails most recently from Dallas/Fort Worth and has joined the team as he feels called to minister with refugees. He offers his gifting with languages to the ministry (French, English, Lingala, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swahili).
Sisters and brothers, I am humbled and overjoyed to join you in ministry. I thank you dearly for your warm welcome and enthusiasm for the newly-budding community ministry down on Southwest Fondren. I’m blessed to call Westbury my home and you my family.