“My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever” (Psalm 145:21)
I cannot stop saying God is good and praising God! Watch for God is what I always say. On Thursday, I spent the day preparing my apartment expecting the worst and had decided to stay put in Corpus. On Thursday a couple I met, Steven and Selene Lopez, who had moved to Corpus from Brownsville and since become friends, invited and graciously opened their home for me to stay with them and ride out the storm together . I packed and went to stay with them. The news was reporting the worst, storm going up to CAT4 and on Friday the storm moved north 30 miles from Corpus and hit Rockport, TX where it cause so much damaged. Corpus did sustain some damage (fallen trees and power outages) but not as bad. I came home Saturday afternoon. I had no power and water coming in through the sliding door. My car wouldn’t start but God had been good! Some people still don’t have power and rain is still in the forecast for the week. Please continue to pray for the coast of Texas as Harvey lingers. My family and friends in Houston are suffering the flood.
I hope that I can get together with others and go help people in need. I feel the Lord has blessed me, and I want to pass on the blessing He gave me to others!!
Thank you for keeping me in your prayers, I felt the presence of God around me having so many people praying for me! God is good! Watch for God, He is on the move!!
Your sister in Christ.
–Grace Tijerina (pastor Community of Friends church plant in Corpus Christi, TX)
Note: Prince of Peace Mennonite Church, another SCC congregation in Corpus Christi, sustained fairly substantial damage to their building from the storm. Pastor Felipe Almodovar and Church Secretary Raquel Almodovar are in the process of assessing the costs and resources to repair this damage and working with SCC Regional Conference Minister, Lupe Aguilar. Some financial assistance will be needed and we will communicate these needs as they are finalized.
The Junior High Youth group from Bethel Mennonite Church (Inman) recently spent a couple of days in Kansas City for a service project at Omot and Hanna Aganya’s home and then went on to the Creation Museum in Kentucky. On Saturday afternoon the 14 youth and 8 adult sponsors cleaned up the yard, cleaned and stained the deck, did other repairs and planted flowers at the Aganya’s. Argentine Mennonite Church hosted the group Saturday and Sunday nights in their church building and Sunday morning the group joined their worship service and presented a skit. In the afternoon, they went to the Sundanese Church and helped in the Sunday School program. After that, they attended the Eden Life Church which is made up mostly of people originally from Ethiopia. After participating in those three 2 hour services, they went to the site of a church building that Eden Life Church wants to purchase. After looking around and hearing about the building, everyone held hands in a circle on the sidewalk and a number of youth and adults prayed for God’s direction about this possible meeting space for the Eden Life Church. Regional Conference Minister James Wenger, who was present, commented on how hard the youth worked, while also having a good time on Saturday. He was also impressed by their participation in all of those church services on Sunday with such a good attitude. On Monday morning the group continued their journey to the Creation Museum which they also enjoyed.