Posts with the category “care”
A Convicted Felon Finds Jesus
by Karen Stamps on April 13th, 2021
Recently an inmate requested to make a call from my office. He was incarcerated for the murder of his daughter's husband -- his singular, yet tragic, offense. After the arrest, and for the entire length of his trial and incarceration, he never received a letter, a visit, or a phone call.
The Application of Grace by Steve Bezner
by Jackie McDonald on April 11th, 2021
The Application of Grace by Steve Bezner. Click to read more!
Meet Cassidy Odom, HNW's new Kids Minister
by Karen Stamps on April 7th, 2021
Cassi has served in ministry for the past 15 years and has also partnered with schools to extend a positive message to kids outside of weekly church gatherings. Cassi desires for every child to have an opportunity to fall in love with Jesus at a young age.
People Over Projects
by Karen Stamps on February 24th, 2021
On our last day, it was Mike, another homeowner, who impacted me most. I was able to sit alone with him as he shared his hurricane story -- something I sensed he doesn’t talk about much but needed to. He shared how he and his wife huddled together for hours as the walls and roof shook and groaned all around them. He recalled at the worst point when the ceilings were falling in on them thinking “this was it” and as he said it, he had to look away and was quiet a long moment. In that moment, I better understood what Pastor Chris Hall had been telling us. Disaster recovery is about the people more than the houses and the clean-up.
Ministry Partner Spotlight: New Life Adoptions
by Jackie McDonald on January 14th, 2021
Ministry Partner Spotlight: New Life AdoptionsIn the United States alone, 50% of unplanned pregnancies end in abortion. For 48%, the decision is made for parenting or allowing a family member to raise the child. Only 2% of unplanned pregnancies end in adoption.New Life Adoptions, one of Houston Northwest Church's ministry partners, exists to come alongside a life that has been shattered by the new...
What Love Looks Like
by Jackie McDonald on September 30th, 2020
What Love Looks LikeLast weekend, a group of our city’s homeless enjoyed a hot meal and a shower, had their clothes laundered, selected new clothes, and received a Bible and prayer as HNW volunteers partnered with Mission Centers of Houston for their first "Bless the Homeless" event.Lauren Williams, one of the HNW team members said that not only did she learn a lot, but she left humbled and encour...
"Whew What a Ride!" by Lorie Detter
by Jackie McDonald on September 23rd, 2020
by Lorie Detter I was a World War II baby. I grew up in a home with hard-working parents, but we lived at the poverty level. My church upbringing was very legalistic, and I worked hard to be “perfect.” I spent a lot of time with my grandparents. They impressed on me that getting saved was the goal, and I walked the aisle at age 8. The rules were many: no shorts, no makeup, no swimsuits, long dress...
A New Smile for Faith
by Jackie McDonald on September 3rd, 2020
HNW member Victoria Azubuike served as a Global Reach medical team member this past March on a mission trip to Kajiado, Kenya. On the final day of the trip while touring a medical clinic, she was introduced to a woman named Faith.
by Jackie McDonald on August 27th, 2020
At least one HNW Life Group created a "scattered church" experience in their cul-de-sac this past weekend. Kacie Ticer explains: "A few weeks ago, Ben and I began kicking around the idea of pulling our Life Group together for a worship service. When Pastor Steve encouraged the church to begin gathering in small groups outdoors, we envisioned what that would look like and how it would give us an op...
HNW Makes Top 100 List for Reproducing Churches
by Jackie McDonald on August 26th, 2020
We are excited to announce that Houston Northwest Church has made the top 100 Reproducing Churches according to Outreach Magazine!You can read more about HNW and other top reproducing churches here....
Making an Impact in Kenya
by Jackie McDonald on August 13th, 2020
Schools are closed in Kenya until 2021. This reality of COVID-19 has taken a toll on students in Kajiado, who have been out of school since mid-March. As many students are left without direction or guidance, high pregnancy rates and early marriage are on the rise. One of HNW's ministry partners in the area, Il'laramatak Community Concerns, led by Agnes Leina, is confronting these challenges. [Read...
What HNW Ironmen Has Meant to Me by Chad Beck
by Jackie McDonald on July 14th, 2020
Hi, my name is Chad.Not the Chad you may know of, heard of, met once, sat behind, beside, in front of or across from in church. Not the Chad you thought was standoffish, maybe arrogant, but certainly not warm or inviting.I hope after five years of attending HNW there are not many who would say they know that Chad, though I’m certain there are some. This is the Chad who didn’t talk to you out of fe...
My Pandemic Life
by Jackie McDonald on May 21st, 2020
I have the honor of being the Director of Counseling at Houston Northwest Church. As I write this we are on day 68 of being at home as a family. During those 68 days, there have been ups and downs, lessons and growing pains. We have two teenage boys who have been distance learning through Tomball ISD. That has actually been smoother than we ever thought it would be! They have been very responsible...
HNW Cancels $3 Million in Medical Debt
by Jackie McDonald on April 29th, 2020
Houston Northwest Church’s funding of $30,000 eliminated $3M of medical debt in Texas. More than 1,360 individuals in northwest Houston recently received a letter from RIP Medical Debt letting them know their outstanding medical debt had been paid in full. The letter explained that they no longer owed the debt and the forgiveness of the debt was a no-strings-attached gift. The letter also shared t...