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The Best for Our Children's Education and Career

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
by Troy Williams Sr.

Congratulations and many blessings to our graduates, parents, and supporters of our children. I would like to encourage parents and supporters to continue praying for, paving the way, and providing for our children’s academic pursuits and career advancements. As we strive to achieve excellence in academics and for the perfect vocation, let us always seek God first and His righteousness (Matt 6:33). As Christians, we should always expect God’s supply and will for our children’s life.  After all, He is the supreme provider and wisest counselor. Whatever we need He will provide. Whatever we desire to become and long to achieve it will come to pass because of His wonder working power manifesting through us. For in him we live and move and have our being, Acts 17:28.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth, Psalms 127:4. Every archer’s arrow has a specific purpose—a target to hit. So, shall every parent position and aim their arrow (their child) to hit a spiritual bull’s eye (God’s will) every time. We must keep pointing our precious children towards the heart of God and trust His will for their life every step of the way.

Below are a few steps we can take as parents and supporters to position and lead our children into God’s desire for their lives:

  1. Give Them Direction: Spiritually nudge and encourage them with God’s Words to facilitate God’s will in their lives
  2. Creative Culture and Opportunity: Expose them to activities, environments, and organizations that arouse their spiritual consciousness and interest
  3. Connect Them to Others: Introduce them to strong believers they can relate to and who are capable of discipling them
  4. Train Them Up: Teach them to identify how God actively moves in all situations, i.e., work, home, play
  5. Pray Daily: Pray with them and for them. Pray God’s blessings and prosperity into their lives daily.
  6. Constant Communication: Maintain open dialogue with children. Listen well. Don’t solve all their problems. Every opportunity to teach them a lesson does not have to turn into a lecture. Give them support. Share from your own experience and let them make the connection with their own life. However, don’t use your child as a storehouse to stow your past sins and failures. Use wisdom in being transparent. Make sure you share things of the past that are applicable and useful to them for present situations.
  7. Walk Worthy: Live a lifestyle of godliness before them as an example of hope and holiness. Often times while rearing children, many lessons are caught much easier than taught. How parents respond under stress, in distress, and while going through life's test often times paint a more vivid, memorable, and  meaningful picture than a 1000 words.

 Reference Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:4-6, Joshua 24:15, Proverbs 2:1, Proverbs 22:6, Psalms 37:23, Colossians 1:10


 

Today Is A Day Of Hope

Thursday, May 26, 2011
by Hank Rush
Give hope to families in crisis with Star of HopeYou may have seen the story "Homeless Population Keeps Increasing" in the Houston Chronicle this week, the results of the 2011 Homeless Count for our city. It's no surprise to me that the number of homeless people in Houston has risen by 25% in just one year.

If you've been following my blog the past two years, you know that Star of Hope has served record crowds since 2009, with the greatest overflow occurring at our Women & Family Emergency Shelter downtown. We have averaged 50 per night on the floor, with peaks of up to 118 for the past two calendar years. It's clear that the economy and all the disasters around us are displacing more and more families.

I must say, the most troubling number released yesterday, however, is the 10,933 school age CHILDREN in Houston, who are documented by our Houston area public school systems to be living homeless.

It's clear we need to do more.
For some families, housing and job assistance will help get them back on their feet and living independently again. For most however, the causes of their homelessness run much deeper, and they need more comprehensive services to recover.

Star of Hope has been serving Houston's homeless continuously for 103 years now...it is Houston's oldest and largest ministry for our most needy Houstonians. We have learned so much about how to lead our guests into a new and fulfilling life. And we are working harder than ever in our history to expand our services and partnerships to reach the growing numbers of those in need.

The good news is that Today Is A Day Of Hope for thousands of these in our community, as Star of Hope and over 100 other service partners in our community reach out to help them!

Want to help? Go to our website and check out Volunteer Opportunities, or make a financial gift today. Summer is here and the numbers needing help are extremely high.

Houston, we have a problem. But together, with God's help and blessing, we can make a major, and for many, an eternal difference!

Get involved with Star of Hope Mission in helping Houston's homeless men, women and children today!
Visit
Supporting Homeless Shelters Houston.

Last Night 52 Homeless People Slept on the Floor of Star of Hope's Emergency Shelter

Friday, April 29, 2011
by John Mills
I wanted to tell you about Charity Navigator, a national nonprofit rating service.  They take nonprofit tax returns (Form 990) and calculate 9 factors which give an overall rating as to the effectiveness of the nonprofit.  They have incorporated written  reviews which have been posted by those who feel that the nonprofit is especially effective.  Star of Hope now has athree star rating (out of four stars) and have twelve reviews posted to the Star of Hope Mission Reviews page. You might be interested in Googling Charity Navigator.  You would need to register but that is an easy process; type in “Star of Hope” and learn how others view  Star of Hope and the work that is done here!   The folks at Charity Navigator seem committed to helping Charities get the word about their passion to the public!

I thought that you might like to know that last evening we had 52 people sleep on the floor at the Women and Family Emergency Shelter (here in Houston).  Thirty six of those were single women!  Typically 40 to 50 percent of our clients suffer from some level of mental illness.  Yesterday we received word that we have been conditionally approved for a grant to provide shelter to approximately 20 homeless and mentallyy ill women on a longer term basis!  This is great news because today’s society does such a poor job of assisting the mentally ill.  Twenty women may not seem like very much, but it is a start!  Mother Teresa said “if you can’t feed 100 hungry people, just feed one”.   I guess this grant is like our ONE!  God bless, and remember: “He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward him for what he has done.” --  Proverbs 19:17.  Who would not want to have a reward from the Lord?

See how your support touches and changes lives in Houston. Visit Supporting Houston Ministries to get Star of Hope's full 2010 Ministry Report.

More Servant's Hearts!

Friday, April 29, 2011
by Chad Smith
Star of Hope Teens - Stars of 2morrowMyron and I were frantically looking for the teens to take them on an outing. Because of the time strain, we tried to leave earlier than the time on the permission slips. To our surprise, we could only get a handful of teens, because about 9 teens were pre-occupied – with serving in the kitchen! The serving line and dishwashers…full of teens serving the guests with smiles on their faces!

Then today when I came into work, I was greeted by one of our kitchen staff with a couple of bags of candy that she wanted me to give to the teens. I gladly accepted the gift and she proceeded to tell me how much she missed the teens being there this weekend. (we took the teens to a spiritual weekend retreat in Huntsville, TX) She said that it makes such a difference having them in the kitchen and that they have been such willing servants to help out.

Recently,  we finished a two week discussion with the teens about reaching their communities. We know that God is doing great things in the hearts of the youth here, and it is a blessing to see the evidence of the work that He is doing! I’ll be sure to give this gift of candy to the teens as an unexpected reward for their acts of service.

Learn more about Star of Hope Mission's Teen Ministry - Star of 2morrow and more at Supporting Houston Ministries


A Portrait for Mom!

Thursday, April 28, 2011
by Hank Rush
portrait from Trees of Hope Mother's Day eventMother’s Day is coming up next week…Sunday, May 8th! In preparation for that, one of my favorite events for our children here at Star of Hope is being held next week at our Transitional Living Center, for all of our client’s children. It’s a fun afternoon hosted by Trees of Hope, our affiliate which has been serving Star of Hope for over 20 years now.

After school, all the kids will gather in our Chapel and have a fun afternoon making crafts and preparing gift bags to give their moms for Mother's Day.

At this event last year, each child had their picture taken to give mom as a gift. These were really nice "portrait" type photos, and in their frames, decorated by the children, made an especially nice gift. For many of these kids, this was the FIRST photo of themselves they had ever been able to give to their mom!

portrait from Trees of Hope Mother's Day eventLater in the afternoon, when the parents came in, there was so much joy in the faces of the children as they presented their gifts…and their portrait, to their mothers. They were so proud and excited to give such a special "gift of themselves". Can’t you just picture it? I can’t wait to see what gift the Trees of Hope volunteers will help our children make this year!

Summertime at Star of Hope is all about the Kids… and it is such a special time! We have over 200 kids with us, home from school all summer. This gives us all day to work with them, provide enriching activities, teach them from God’s Word, and help them with their own issues in overcoming homelessness.

Please join us as a partner and make this a Summer of Hope by volunteering, making a donation of needed items, or giving financially to help at this very special time of year!

Learn more about Star of Hope Mission and how you can help at
Supporting Houston Ministries

Servant's Heart

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
by Chad Smith
“If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”  -- John 13:14-15

following Jesus the ServantLast week I came into work like I always do on a typical Thursday. As the time rolled around for the teens to return from school, Dominck Mancuso came through my door. This surprised me a little bit because this is my faithful volunteer that helps out with the teens whenever he can. This man works for a large corporation that’s known all over the world and every week it takes him all over the world. He actually lives in New Jersey, but does work in Houston throughout the week. I remember one evening he came in looking a little ragged and I asked him how his day was and he said, “Oh, all-right. My day started in Bogota, Columbia.” But yet there he was faithfully showing up in my teen room hands out, ready to serve. On this particular day when he showed up, my surprise came because he normally shows up at 7:00 in the evening, not 4:30 in the afternoon. Then I remembered that he was here to tutor one of my teens who desperately needed his help to get caught up in school. Well, he did help her that day and other times since then! Week after week for the last three years, Dominick shows up- hands out, ready to serve.

So, why highlight this “star” volunteer of mine? I think Dominick’s faithfulness displays the example that Jesus calls his followers to demonstrate as servants. You see, the hands that formed this world, also reach down and washed dirty feet of the disciples displaying true humility as a servant. A servant’s heart is always willing to give whether of finances and possessions or time and energy. So, how dirty is your towel? How has God gifted you to give to your community? I thank God for sending Dominick Mancuso our way and greatly appreciate those who give as servants to those in need.

Visit Supporting Houston Ministries and learn more about Star of Hope Mission's Teen Ministry, Stars of 2morrow.


College Bound for the Stars of 2morrow

Thursday, March 31, 2011
by Myron Cooper
Teens from Star of Hope getting ready for college!Imagine being two years behind in school and never knowing if you be able to return to the same school the next day, the next semester or the next year. This is a reality some this year's graduates have faced. We constantly have teens who stay with us who are two years behind. That is sometimes heartbreaking.

But this year we have FOUR teens to get accepted into college. Reva is going University of Texas @ Austin to study English, her sister Ronnesia is going to Lamar University for Nursing, Jasmine is going to Sam Houston State university to study Forensic Chemistry and Chanice will be attending University of Houston to study Psychology. That’s amazing.

It has been exciting for me as well as for them. And The Grace Foundation is helping each one of the girls with a $3000 scholarship. Maybe you can help these girls too.

I look forward to watching them walk across the stage this year and four years from now! Who is coming with me?

Learn more about Star of Hope's Star of 2morrow and how you can help at
Supporting Houston Ministries

"Please Pray for Me" Part 2

Monday, March 21, 2011
by Erika Wise
It is a humbling experience to be at the mercy of others during a time of injury, illness or their need. And, that is exactly what I am facing.

As Director of Star of Hope's New Horizons Program, I get to minister to the needs of others every day. I have the privilege of encouraging others in times of worry/distress and times of achievement/success.  I also get to pray with others on a daily basis for just about anything and everything.

My clients have been concerned about my upcoming leave of absence for medical purposes.  But, they are not concerned in the way we might think:
  • They are not worried if their rental subsidy will be paid;
  • They are not concerned as to whether the Community Prayer Time on Mondays will be canceled;
  • They don't ask about services which will be delayed or eliminated...
But, they ask...what can we do for you Miss, Erika.  And, I have taken my cue from my client, Artie. When he was injured on the job recently...I asked him what we could do.  And, he replied "Pray for me." 

So, that is what I am asking..."Please, pray for me."  I will miss all my clients, staff and the daily running of the New Horizons Program, but I know that all will be fine in my absence.  The Lord will guide the staff and clients just as He will guide me in my recovery.  Again, what an honor and privilege to be a part of the Star of Hope and this New Horizons "family."

Visit Star of Hope Mission and learn more about Supporting Christian Ministries Houston

"Please Pray for Me"

Monday, March 7, 2011
by Erika Wise
It is a call every parent dreads...a call that your child has been hurt and is in the hospital.

Well, these clients are certainly not my children--many of them would cringe at the thought!! But, as I interact with them, pray for/with them, share their struggles and cheer their achievements--I feel much like a parent.

On Saturday, March 5th, I was told that one of the Star of Hope Mission - New Horizons clients had been injured at his job and was taken to the hospital.  I immediately prayed, "God, please let him be alright!"  I texted him...asked him to call when/if he was able.

He called right back. "I got hurt at work, Miss Erika." More details followed...then, "I have to have surgery on my leg."  I asked him what we could do for him...could we bring anything, do anything??!!  And, in the most humble, contrite spirit, I heard him say, "Please pray for me."

I can do that, I thought.  "I will let everyone know to pray for you...is that okay."  He agreed that I could tell the others in the program.  I sent out the word that he was in the hospital and needed prayer--many of the clients texted back saying, "I will be praying!", "Oh, I just talked with him yesterday! I will keep him in my prayers."

And, that is why I do what I do...I get to encourage others, pray for them, and minister to them in their time of need.  What better job in the WHOLE world??!!

UPDATE: I visited Artie in the hospital today. He is in a lot of pain and I was able to listen to his concerns, pray with him and encourage him...what a privilege and honor.


Because You Love

Thursday, February 17, 2011
by Hank Rush
“Star of Hope in Houston Texas, You're truly changing lives, not with lip service but with hope, love & opportunity, amazing job. Thank You!” @LeighAnneTuohy

Because you loveThese words were posted on Twitter last Saturday by LeighAnne Tuohy, following Star of Hope’s Annual “Because You Love” Banquet the night before. It was our best attended banquet ever with 1700+ donors, corporate sponsors and community partners in attendance. Sean and LeighAnne Tuohy, the couple who inspired the movie “The Blind Side”, were our guest speakers.

This week, we are hearing stories from those in attendance who were touched in a special way by the evening’s activities. We always work to educate and inspire. We want to educate folks on what homelessness is, who it is currently affecting in Houston, and how they can help. And we seek to inspire through videos and live testimonies of clients of Star of Hope… who have seen their lives completely turned around by the power of God’s love and by the opportunity they receive to start a new life while at Star of Hope.

The number of homeless families in our community doubled in just one year, from 2009 to 2010. With your help in 2010:
  • Star of Hope’s family of ministries graduated 46% more clients from our programs
  • 44% more completed and were awarded high school equivalency GEDs
  • 40% more Clients found jobs, than in 2009
  • We also were excited to announce that during 2010 we saw 629 households restored into independent living in the Houston community 

All of this could not have been done without YOU, “The Star of Hope Family”…our donors, volunteers, church friends, partner service providers and corporate supporters.

Thanks for all you do in the many individual ways you serve along side of us at Star of Hope. And if you’d like more information, visit www.sohmission.org right now and find out how you can become involved in this exciting ministry in our city!

Sometimes, All You Can Do Is Help Them Cry

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
by Erika Wise

He left the office with his two framed photos and an envelope of pictures...the only tangible memories of a year-long relationship with the woman he hoped to marry one day.

Back-story: I read an email one time:

"Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child. The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, 'Nothing, I just helped him cry.'"

Today, I was told that one of our New Horizons residents had lost his long-time girlfriend.  She had become ill last week and succumbed to her illness within a day.  This man, in his time of grief, was offering encouragement to others this past weekend.  "Make sure you say the things you want to say to those you love," he said to another resident, "because, you never know when it will be your last day to talk to them."

This afternoon, he came to the office asking me if I could help him get some pictures off his phone and print them.  So, that is what we did! For about 40 minutes, he emailed me the photos he wanted and I printed a few of each picture. I even framed a couple for him to put in his home.  I was so blessed and honored to be able to "help him cry."  He left the office with his two framed photos and an envelope of pictures...a few tangible memories of a year-long relationship with the woman he hoped to marry one day.

Learn more about Star of Hope Mission and New Horizons. Visit Supporting Houston Ministries.


A Child's Present, A Father's Hope

Friday, December 10, 2010
by Dick Druary
Christmas at Star of Hope - Men's Development CenterThe Bible says that the Messiah will "turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers" (Malachi 4:6). At the Star of Hope Men's Development Center we teach our men that there is a galactic difference between paternity and fatherhood. Paternity requires no relationship and no sacrifice. Fatherhood does. Paternity is the compromise of the Godless. Fatherhood is the mantle worn by sons of the Kingdom.

Many of our men have children from whom they have become estranged. Beneath the surface of their bluster and bravado gnaws the grief of knowing that their sin and self-serving lusts have separated these men from their boys and girls. In our shelter they come to understand that it is through the love and power of Christ alone that the grace of harmony has hope. Our men, knowing that they have demolished the blessing of fatherhood, look to Him for a miracle. So they pray for a spirit of forgiveness. They search for some opportunity to humble themselves before their children. They seek an avenue by which to demonstrate to those innocents whom they have wounded that they are new and trustworthy creations through the renewing mercy of Jesus Christ.

In three weeks, 51 men who have come here to begin again will have a simple gift to give to their children. Though not one of them has earned the money to purchase it, all will have something to give precisely because they have made the best decision possible: to come to Star of Hope where they may be cleansed and equipped for the walking of a new way. One man will have a football to give a young son. Another will have a doll to give his little girl. Each - through the generosity of Christ-honoring donors - will be supplied with a tangible expression of love's yearning. The father's hope is that his child's present will serve as another brick helping pave the pathway advancing toward a day of reconciliation.

At the Men's Development Center we expect Christ to undo the arrogant works of hell as He establishes, through the servant-leadership of redeemed fathers, multiplied houses built upon the rock. That will be an Advent-level miracle. That is what Star of Hope is about. That is what you support and love.

Learn more about Star of Hope Mission at Christian Ministries Houston

Heading Hopeward

Thursday, December 9, 2010
by Marilyn Fountain

2000 years ago, three men set out on a journey in search of the one who would make a difference in the world and change things for the better.  It was a long, probably uncomfortable trip.  They were not cruising on a high-speed road in a luxury sedan, or listening to their favorite tunes through surround sound.  They were lumbering along for hours on the hard backs of camels.

But they were determined to find what they were seeking.  So they followed a bright, eastern star.  For them, it was a star of hope.

Every time I think about the trip they made to see Jesus, I am so grateful to be living today.  Just think about it….you and I don’t have to travel to find Jesus.  He is Emanuel—God with us!  No matter where we are, he is there, too.  Our hope for today and all our tomorrows is woven into that fact, and his promise to never leave us or forsake us.  This, I believe, is the true joy of Christmas.

In Jeremiah 29:11 the Lord says, “I know the plans I have for you…, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future?"  Is there anyone in reach of this blog who doesn’t need hope and a future?  I know I need this promise more than my morning jog, and I have to have my morning jog.

Though troubles come and go, we must always take time to reflect on how easy our Father has made it for us to receive this promise.   He has given it to us freely, through the finished work of Jesus Christ, and the word of his testimony, spoken through scripture throughout the pages of our Bibles.  

We also have a legacy in the experience of the three wise men, because it was the bright star that led them to the hope that is in Christ Jesus.   And for those of us who work or reside at Star of Hope Mission it is the name Star of Hope that reminds us everyday that we, too, have been led to a place where Emanuel is found. He is available, loving, and willing to change things for the better.  In this we join the men of old, having also received the great and amazing gift of hope: Jesus Christ

I would like to leave you with Isaiah 40:31

Those who hope in the Lord
Will renew their strength,
They will soar on wings like eagles,
They will run and not grow weary
They will walk and not be faint

Have a blessed Christmas and precious time with our Lord.
 

Learn more about Star of Hope and Supporting Houston Ministries.
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Hope for the Holidays!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
by Erika Wise
We ended the day in prayer...20 men, women and children having given "hope" to need families and individuals for the Thanksgiving holiday. What a blessing it is to be a blessing to others.

A group of 18 volunteers from City Life Church, Houston, TX, came to help the New Horizons and Follow-up Staff make 24 Thanksgiving Meal baskets to distribute to families and individuals in the programs.  City Life Church wanted to find a way to do Charity Work Houston and Supporting Houston Ministries.  They found a way to do just that. 

Having collected food items which included green beans, sweet potatoes, rolls, and more; the group delivered the food and assembled the baskets. 
photo of completed baskets
All 24 baskets prepared...what next??  Some of the residents picked up their baskets--but, we got to deliver some, too.
Volunteers went with staff to deliver the baskets to five of our Follow-up clients. They were so excited to receive this blessing!!

We had a few baskets leftover...what were we to do with them.  One of our New Horizons residents came in and asked if he could give on to his neighbor; another former New Horizons resident said he had a co-worker who was having a hard time.  They wanted to know if they could have the extra baskets to give to these people in need. 

What a wonderful thing to see--formerly homeless individuals reaching out to others in need.  That is what this season of gratitude and giving is all about. These two men, Brian and Ken, KNOW what it is like to have nothing and receive grace and mercy.  Now, they were on the other side of the exchange--they were the ones giving!!  They loved it!!

The volunteers wrapped up with day with prayer and said--"We will be back!!"  I love the holidays--Hope always floats up--especially around the holidays.  I can't wait for Christmas!!!!

Michael W. Smith - The W is for Whirlwind Visit to Houston

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
by Scott Arthur

He's universally known as one of the best-selling and most influential artists in Contemporary Christian Music. A three time Grammy Award winner with 40 Dove Awards and 13 million records sold, this Christian Superstar is an everyday Joe - I mean  Michael. 

On October 18th, just 11 days past his 53rd birthday, Mister Smith went to Houston - and without singing a note - wowed hundreds and hundreds of fans. He was signing - not singing and music lovers lined up to meet the man and have him autograph his new
CD " Wonder".  

The occasion was another KSBJ Street and Greet. Star of Hope, in partnership with area Lifeway Book Stores, sponsors the event as music giants appear at selected stores and sign the merchandise. But most importantly - they meet their fans.

Now I think its fair to say that Michael W. Smith appeals to a vast and widely diverse audience. His career so far has spanned at least three decades and shows no signs of stopping. He is the Frank Sinatra of Christian Music - and his loyal audience goes ga-ga when he's around. No wonder he was named one of People Magazine's "Most Beautiful People."

He has the ability to treat every wide eyed housewife and giggling teenager, every bashful kid with a guitar and every hesitant husband with three CDs with fresh, genuine enthusiasm. He's the real deal - down to earth with a heavenly smile.

I even had a chance to chat with him about our city's homeless and the state of Houston Non profit Donations. I suggested that he record a song about the homeless - maybe with TobyMac - he smiled and said "write it - and we'll see." Hmmm - I love a challenge.

As each fan passed the Star of Hope table, I was able to share with them a brochure with up to date information about one of the premier Houston Non Profits.

Michael will return at Christmas time to perform in our area - check out KSBJ for details and please continue supporting Houston Ministries.

Prayers of the Children

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
by Hank Rush
I would like to thank God for keeping my family togetherOne of the most moving experiences at Star of Hope I’ve experienced is hearing and reading the prayers of children who are staying with us. Each day, children of all ages and their parents have time to voice their Prayer Requests, and pray with our staff seeking God’s help and guidance in their lives.

“Dear God, please keep our family together”.... ”Dear God, I pray for abused children everywhere”.... ”I pray that a homeless person gets a job”.... ”I want to ask you, God, for a home and a father”

All four of these are current prayers of children here in our care. And it is our joy and privilege to pray with them!

Family homelessness is tragic, and affects not only mom and dad, but also their children. Many times, a child will blame themselves for what is happening. Our single men and women who seek help at Star of Hope without bringing their entire family most always have broken relationships with their spouses and children also. And we work to reach out to these family members to help healing progress within that family.

Did you know, Star of Hope is one of only a few homeless providers in Houston who keep the family together when they come for help? Without Star of Hope, many children would be separated from their parent(s) by Child Protective Services, just because they become homeless. But at Star of Hope’s Women & Family Emergency Shelter, families stay together as parents receive services and counseling to get their lives back together. Their children have help with school and great activities, and yes, a time to share THEIR heartfelt prayer requests and needs. We lift them up to our Heavenly Father, and seek His power in their lives.

Recently, one of our teens wrote about his experiences while at Star of Hope. He said, “I am grateful for all Star of Hope has done for me while my family has been homeless, and for all I’ve learned about God’s love for me. As I grow up, I want to be an M.O.G." That means...a Man of God.

Learn more about Star of Hope and supporting Houston ministries for the homeless.

Read more prayers at Childrens' Prayer Time.

The Blind Side Opened Houston's Eyes to Star of Hope

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
by Scott Arthur
It was a hot August night, but a breeze carried relief and a message of Hope to about 1500 Houstonians as they sat outside at Miller Outdoor Theatre and watched one of the best movies of 2009. Last Saturday, Star of Hope hosted  a showing of The Blind Side - the feel good movie about NFL star Michael Oher and his tenure with the Touhy family. Sandra Bullock's performance won her the academy award and the story won the hearts of movie fans everywhere. Sean and Leigh Anne Touhy will be our guest speakers at the 2011 Star of Hope Banquet in February.

The event was billed as the Star of Hope "Can" Film Festival - inviting all to bring a donation of "Canned Goods" to help us feed the 1,000 homeless men, women and children we serve in our Shelters in Texas EVERYDAY.

You know how your favorite part of the movie used to be BEFORE the feature ...cartoons and stuff? (I know - I'm really dating myself). Well on Saturday night - I thought the show before the movie was great. Top rated Sunny 99.1 radio personality (and Star of Hope board member) Dana Tyson hosted the night and Houston's First Lady of TV - KHOU's Deborah Duncan sang The Star of Hope song - which she co-wrote. Then, the crowd was treated to a 4 minute tour of Star of Hope Shelters Houston Texas hosted by our President and CEO Hank Rush - big as life on the giant screen.

The audience was even given an opportunity to donate $10 by texting SOH to 20222. For a limited time - that donation will be matched by a generous donor. So if you are so inclined as to donate - now is a GREAT time to be supporting Houston Ministries, especially Star of Hope, one of the most effective non Profit Organizations Houston.

It was a magic night. For those of you who have trouble imagining it - here's a link to a quick Star of Hope YouTube "Can Film Festival" tribute.

A Camping We Will Go!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
by Chad Smith

Star of Hope Summer CampGet together 120 bags filled with toiletry items, six sets of clothes, two towels, a bathing suit, and load them on three buses filled with 120 excited, yet nervous kids and teenagers and what do you have?... One of the greatest experiences of a young child's life. You have camp! One of my favorite weeks of the year as a Youth Minister at Star of Hope's Women and Family Shelter is being able to get my hands dirty and make this week of camp happen for these youth. Every youth that is able to go receives brand new sets of clothes for camp. Even more than the clothes they receive, they also get the experience of a lifetime (swimming, canoeing, blobbing, hiking, fishing, etc.), that some will never get again. But even more than the experience of a lifetime and clothes, they receive the "good news" of Jesus Christ and the chance to begin that relationship with Him. This camp is so crucial for these youth!

As I said before, the week of camp is one of my favorite weeks of the year. And now that camp has passed yet another year, I can reflect on all that God has done. But none of it could've been possible without the financial and prayerful support of those who sent us. For five years it has been a blessing for me to be apart of what God does with these youth at camp. I am so grateful for those who supported it. So, the countdown has begun! 50 weeks and a camping we will go... again! If you would like to give of your resources to support this or another aspect of Star of Hope, visit Ways to Give and learn more about Supporting Houston Ministries.

Bowling for Souls Fundraiser - August 7

Monday, July 12, 2010
by Troy Williams Sr.

 

ACTS Bowling Tournament  - August 7Please partner with Star of Hope Alumni (ACTS) and give to a worthy cause. ACTS is hosting their 2nd Annual Bowling for Compassion Fundraiser on Saturday, August,7 2010 from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Emerald Bowling Lanes 9307 Boone Road, Houston, TX 77099 (281) 933-6180.

Last year’s successful fundraiser was an indication that we were in God’s will. In the last twelve months ACTS Mobile Outreach Ministry has brought the Good News to thousands through music, bible studies, servant Saturday, testimonies, job search aid, transportation funds, education assistance, skills training, furniture for those in need, groceries, clothing and in many other ways. ACTS even supported an Alumnus’ mission trip to Nicaragua.

 

In order to continue to impact God’s Kingdom we need your help through your prayer, your time and your treasure.

 

Click Below to Give on Star of Hope Website: Supporting Houston Ministries with ACTS

There are 7 Ways to Give Support. May God Speak to Your Heart!
1. Pray for us
2. Volunteer your time to serve with us
3. Sponsor as many bowlers as you like for $20.00 per frame
4. Sponsor 2 bowlers for one bowler $100.00
5. Sponsor a team of 5 bowlers for one game for $250.00
6. Sponsor a team of 5 bowlers for two games for $500.00
7. Sponsor a team of 10 bowlers for two games for $1500.00

For Example:

  • A $1500 gift can cover the cost of our metro bus pass program for one year, which allows men to search for work and attend major ministry events for life change.
  • A $500 gift can purchase 20 Furniture Bank vouchers, which furnishes an efficiency apartment for four single alumni.
  • A $250 gift can sponsor books, supplies, and transportation cost to conduct a twelve weeks small group satellite Bible Study for twelve people.
To sponsor a team or to make a donation, you may donate online: ACTS "Bowling For Souls"

If you have any questions about ACTS or the bowling tournament, please send an email to acts@sohmission.org.

Thank you and God bless you for your generosity!


Universal Care: The Sole Provider

Wednesday, July 7, 2010
by Troy Williams Sr.

Universal Care is available to all. You qualify if you are a visitor with a visa in a foreign land or an illegal alien in despair. You qualify if you are sitting on a plush sofa in your luxurious living room stressed free. You qualify if you are standing in a local government welfare office furious and depressed. You even qualify if you are lying between the bushes of a wild jungle in an undeveloped country craving your next prey.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any emotional, mental, social, spiritual anxieties, this program can help you overcome them. If you or a loved one has any habits, hang ups, or hurts that have isolated you from society, promoted self sufficiency, produced self- grander, or rendered self-disappointments, this program can help you move beyond self-dissatisfaction to a meaningful life of hope, purpose, and relationships. If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, you can be set free to soar in sobriety once again. Recovery is one breath away.

All services are provided for by the Sole Provider—the Author and the Finisher. He will never leave you hanging on the phone of despair or wondering in the dark about full coverage. He will not exaggerate the truth because He cannot lie. On top of that, whatever He starts, He finishes. Moreover, whatever service He provides, they will be second to none. Don’t worry. You will come to love Him. In the end, everything will work out for your good. He is like a Star of Hope that shines in the darkest moments.

Not only that, the program is guaranteed for one’s entire life, which includes life, death, and beyond. The program will never expire. It is eternal. You will receive personal care that last forever from the Giver of Life-The Soul Provider.

To top it off, all fees are paid for in full by the Redeemer, who is the Sole Provider and the only Soul Provider. Consequently, you will never have to look for another provider. Now, that’s good news.

Just in case you were wondering, the Soul Provider is Jesus the Christ. He died on the cross to pay the cost of our sins and to redeem us back into a right relationship with God. The penalty of sin was and is death but the gift of God (Jesus Christ) provides eternal life in heaven. He paid the cost for everyone’s sins in one divine instant. When society was full of sin and decadence, the Sole Provider became our Soul Provider. He became a medicine of light that brightened the soul in her darkest moment according to Jeremiah 8:22.

Praise God for His Universal Care program of salvation. It offers care and coverage for all emotional states, mental concerns, social disparities, and spiritual conditions.

A.     Everyone is welcome to be a part of UC according to I Timothy 2:3-4 and II Peter 3:9.

B.     You can be of any nationality, race, gender, or social class according to Ephesians 3: 28.

C.     Whoever believes in Jesus and confesses sins according to Romans 10:9 becomes a lifetime member.

Congratulations!  No need to agonize and pull out any more hair. Everything you need to know to care for your heart, soul, mind, and spirit for now and for eternity is one click away. Click on The Bible or The Living Word to meet the one and only Sole and Soul Provider, Jesus Christ.

Learn more about Star of Hope Mission and Supporting Houston Ministries.