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Inside this Issue: Feats of Faith:
Lisa Stanley Tucker Christian Business Profile:
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Ride Baby Ride: Fighting Ovarian Cancer Retaining Skills During Summer Break Kerryl Anne Frank Credits the Composer of Her Life
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Truly: The Brothers’ Encomium
10 Christian Business Profile: Keller Williams Premier Realty Katy 16 Feats of Faith: Lisa Stanley Tucker 19 Local Christian Student Profiles 21 Pastor Profile 22 Three Things Every Man Should Know for His Health 26 Katy’s Own Dog Wisperer: Jack Richards 30 Ride Baby Ride - Fighting Ovarian Cancer 35 Retaining Skills During Summer Break 38 Kerryl Anne Frank Credits the Composer of Her Life 41 Calendar of Events 44 Creator’s Kids and the Goff Family
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“Our mission is to have a magazine devoted to His glory, provide cutting-edge stories important to today’s Christian, promote Christian-Judeo values we find important, and editorial content that your entire family can enjoy.”
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This issue is especially exciting. Father’s Day has arrived along with the end of another school year. Households are abuzz with a new dynamic, because our kids are home! We also have the Fourth of July to celebrate . . . along with the feats of some wonderful Katy locals. In fact, Katy is a community that includes fascinating people. It’s simply a honor to feature their heartwarming stories. For instance, Gayle Huffman of Keller Williams gives back to the community, author Leilani Hurles fights cancer, and Katy’s Dog Whisperer shares some of his adventures. We visit with an amazing mom and founder of Creator’s Kids, talk to an after-50 college graduate, and hear the inspirational testimony of singer Kerryl Ann Frank. There’s something for everyone in our June/July issue and we are so pleased to share the journeys of fellow Christians with our readers. Isn’t it comforting to know that God has a special purpose and plan for each of us? We are incredibly privileged as Katyites and as Americans. God bless America and God bless us, every one of us, as we enter summertime. Vacation safely and may God grant you peace, family harmony and some welldeserved fireworks! May You Be Richly Blessed, Joseph R. Menslage
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The number of devotionals we’ll share with inmates, their spouses, and supporters this year alone.
About In The Word Ministries In the Word Ministries began in 1986 with ministry at Harris County Jail, Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Men’s Development Center and the Star of Hope Men’s Facility. Since that time, God has provided In The Word Ministries with a vision and compassion for reaching out to those behind bars and trapped in their addictions. Over the years we have seen tens of thousands of people make the decision to follow Christ as Lord and Savior. We have been blessed to keep in close contact with many of these men and women and be a part of them becoming successful and being reestablished in society.
The number of individuals who responded to our alter calls and dedicated their lives to Christ during a recent event with 9 services held over four days.
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Truly: The Brothers’ Encomium By Rev.. K. Lynn Lewis The Bible Seminary Amidst the backdrop of the ancient Olympics, around 30 A.D. or so, two sets of brothers began following a man they thought might be the ultimate victor, the grand champion of all things. This person, whom they believed might be the longawaited Messiah and whose coming had been foretold in prophetic encomiums, invited them to follow him, which they did, for several years, until he was killed, resurrected, and ascended into heaven before their very eyes. They then invested the rest of their lives in recounting his exploits and explaining the significance of his actions. This is a summary of their story - their encomium about Jesus Christ. “The time has come,” the man called out. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news.” “Come follow me,” he said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” The four of us Dropped our nets in array, Relinquished our boats, careers, compatriots, and preparations,
Fish provide payment for his taxes, Swine abide the legions of his enemy, Trees wither or flourish at his word, Water beads beneath his feet like soil.
And left without delay. Truly, we have seen this Jesus Christ of Nazareth, With our own incredulous eyes, We heard him speak with our own ears. We are witnesses, And cannot help but speak about What we have seen and heard.
Stones restrain themselves from crying out, The whole earth stands silent before him, And groans in travail In anticipation of his return. Diseases are cured by his touch; Demons know him by sight, and obey his commands; Even the wind and waves obey him.
Truly, the time has come, To have confidence in the Sovereignty of God. He knows the thoughts of his detractors, The doubts of his friends, The faith of his neighbors, And the needs and worries of his family.
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Stars herald his existence, Wise men seek him, God loves him and is pleased with him, Satan tempts him, Angels attend him, Moses and Elijah visit him, Children praise him, Centurions acknowledge him, Samaritans believe him.
And prays privately, fervently, and repeatedly.
The diseased want to touch him, The hungry want to eat with him, The crowds want to meet with him, The lame want to walk with him; The blind want to see him, The scholars want to test him, The self-righteous want to kill him, The hometown doesn’t want him.
He obstructs palterers, Confronts pretenders, Skews predilection, Acts with prescience, Stands silent in the face of accusation, And restrains angels From coming to his aid During his most critical hours of need.
He eats with sinners, Drinks with saints, Dips with traitors, Breaks bread, Makes bread, Bakes bread, Cooks fish, Washes feet, Sings hymns,
Truly, the time has come, To have reliance on the Word of God. He was with God in the beginning, He was, is, and is to come. In Him is life.
He amazes over lack of faith, Distresses over stubbornness, Longs over cities, Cries over friends, Turns over tables, Gets over denial, And presides over all eternity.
Elucidates with patience, And commands with expectation. Infirmities flee at his direction, By his word, sins are forgiven, The lame walk, the blind see, The deaf hear, and the dead rise. Truly, the time has come, To have dependence on the power of God. He created and sustains all things The heavens and the earth, Animals, plants, and people, Music and laughter, pain and healing, Life and death, health and wealth, Faith, hope, and love. By His Holy Spirit, we speak, We stand firm and ready, still, To trust this man, and only this man, With all that we have, With all that we are, With all that we ever hope to be In ages past or present, And all eternity.
Truly, no one ever spoke like him. He teaches with authority, Preaches with conviction,
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Christian Business Profile: Keller Williams Premier Realty Katy By Melanie Saxton Real Estate has an emotional component. For most, a home is the largest investment they’ll ever make. Down-sizing, empty-nesting, relocating, and moving kids and pets can stir drama, tug on heart strings and upset the balance of life. However, a caring Realtor and strong team can make all the difference. Meet Gayle Huffman, who has been active in real estate since 1975. Huffman has worked as an agent for many independently and corporately owned agencies. She’s been in the West Houston and Katy area all these years. Today, she and business partner Kathy Girgenti are co-owners of Keller Williams Premier Realty Katy (KWPRK). Huffman is the broker and operating principal and feels the success of the company comes from hard work of nearly 200 agents, give or take, who represent KWPRK.
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In Huffman’s view, the agents are most important people. Although KWPRK has a website, but it is not the main focus. “Our sales team are independent contractors, and we train them to have productive businesses. If you visualize each agent having his or her own company and website, you’ll see busy, professional realtors attracting homebuyers and sellers through social media and their own sphere of influence. We help agents build and be profitable.” Success Through Ethics KWPRK is ranked highly at #13 in the Houston Business Journal for all real estate companies in the Houston Metroplex (out of over
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Feats of Faith: Lisa Stanley Tucker enough time to fulfill the dream of completing a bachelor’s degree. “I have a deep Christian faith, and that’s what has kept me going through life’s mountains and valleys,” she states. She has always prayed on a daily basis for strength, courage, guidance, healthy kids and family unity . . . and in the back of her mind also prayed that one day, that elusive four-year university diploma would be hers.
By Melanie Saxton Tackling a college degree takes energy and focus, even for 20-year-olds. Meet one determined student who graduated after 50 as a single mother! Lisa Stanley Tucker is an HSE Associate at ConocoPhillips. She’s always been a busy working mom with hobbies in interior design and crafts. “Lisa is famous for her spotless home, love for animals and her big heart,” says Chris Koehn, Lisa’s best friend since 1981. “I’ve watched her raise two children, always putting everyone else first. She’s certainly been there for me through the years, and it’s fantastic to see her finally reach a personal milestone and graduate with honors from Belhaven University.” It seemed like an unreachable goal. Lisa was born in Houston and moved to Katy in 1973. She attended Katy ISD schools and graduated from Katy High School in 1979. After completing an Associates Degree at Tyler Junior College, she married and began raising a family. As is common, life got in the way. Between work and family obligations, there never seemed to be
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As the decades flew by, Lisa’s children progressed through elementary, junior high and high school -- in Katy ISD, just as she did. Her dream briefly faded, especially when she entered the difficult realm of single motherhood. But her prayers were answered in the form of inspiration -- and a bit of freedom. When her youngest became a bit more independent, all of the sudden the world opened up. “It dawned on me when my son Travis was a sophomore (and driving) that earning a four-year degree was achievable.” She took the brave step -- financially and time-wise -- of enrolling a Belhaven, choosing a Christian University. “It was important to me to be in a supportive Christian environment,” says Lisa. She attended classes while working full time at ConocoPhillips and seeing her son graduate from Cinco Ranch High. In April 2012, Lisa graduated with honors from Belhaven with a degree in Business Administration. That she made the Honor Society is just another layer of icing on the cake, and another admirable feat of faith. Now, in addition to working she enjoys spending quality time with her friends, decorating and gardening. Lisa has recently enrolled in a sewing class to fulfill another long-time desire. And her family is especially proud that this mom’s testimony is inspirational to others who want to complete goals later in life.
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Austin was born in Austin, Texas on July 12th, 2003, but she has lived in Katy her whole life. In fact, her grandfather, Steve Wells, owns New World Auto Transport in Katy, where her great-grandfather and her mother work. This makes Austin a fourth generation transportation expert! She attended the Early Childhood Enrichment Center through Pre-K, which prepared her well for her years to follow at Robert E. King Elementary. She has a strong Christian faith and prays often with her family. She loves attending Sunday School and church events. She continually shares her Christian beliefs by caring for others, her giving personality and her love for all. Austin excels in academics and has been in Gifted and Talented program since 1st grade. She loves working with the teachers, exploring and researching interesting topics, and being challenged to work hard. She especially loves Math and Science and always exceeds with Spelling. Austin also enjoys reading, drawing, and writing creative stories. One of her favorite bible verses is Corinthians 16: 13-14: “Be careful. Continue strong in the faith. Have courage and be strong. Do everything in love.”
Samuel Mote was recently named the Valedictorian for the graduating class of 2012. Samuel, is the son of Stella Mote. Samuel excelled in the classroom where he took Advanced Placement and Honors courses and had a four year GPA of 4.74, as well as participated in numerous extracurricular activities. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, the football team, and the ComedySportz team. Mote was named as a finalist in the 57th annual prestigious National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Samuel exemplifies the character and achieved the academic requirements that define his as an outstanding 2012 graduating seniors of Faith West Academy. Commencement ceremonies for Forty-nine graduating seniors were be held June 2nd at Grace Fellowship UMC in Katy, Texas. In the fall, Samuel will attend Texas A&M University to major in electrical engineering.
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Jonathan Farr was voted “Most Representative Senior” by the faculty at Faith West Academy. This honor is bestowed to a male and female student each year on the basis of excellent conduct, academic achievement, leadership, and consistent Christ-like character. Of the award he said; “I was pleasantly surprised, because it was almost like God telling me ‘good job’.” One activity that led the way for the selection process was a Bible Study group he started at his school. They met everyday to study the Word and to pray for fellow students. Farr was on the boys’ soccer team and represented FWA at TAPPS State Competition for cross country. This fall he will be attending Liberty University in Virginia to major in intercultural study so that he may pursue his goal of participating in and directing many world mission projects. He says his favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 3:18-19, because “It is a testimony of the vastness of God’s love for us and that is an important thing to remember throughout your daily life,” Farr stated. He is a member of Kingsland Baptist Church.
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Pastor Profile: Chaplain Jerry Thomas of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital By Melanie Saxton Most pastors shepherd a church, or perhaps several church campuses. Meet Chaplain Jerry Thomas, whose parishioners are patients. Chaplain Thomas has typical 8-5 hours at his office next to the chapel at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. But he’s on call 24/7 and has spent 16 years serving patients and their families in the Memorial Hermann Hospital system. Married 30 years to Brenda, he’s raised two daughters who grew up knowing why his particular calling often took him away from home at odd hours. Often a call late at night could mean life or death. “Everyone needs a friend when they’re sick,” says Thomas, and this may be as simple as a comforting presence or a friendly “hello.” But others need much more. “There are some differences in pastoral care and chaplaincy care,” says Thomas. “For instance, a pastor may have congregants who tune out during a Sunday morning service. My congregants are hospital patients, and those critically ill or facing death are highly tuned in. Their minds are open. When people are scared, they want someone present to help reconcile their life and their death.” In fact, some come to the hospital without family or a support structure. These patients may or may not have a church home. Perhaps they had a bad church experience. For whatever reason, Thomas becomes their pastor. “Whether it’s a three day stay, or the last three hours of their life, I’m there for them. It’s an honor to make sure they
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do not die alone, and it’s a privilege when I’m asked to officiate at their funerals,” he explains. Thomas attended Baylor University and was ordained and licensed as a Southern Baptist, but attends a nondenominational church in Simonton. “I care for people of all denominations and faiths and my church home reflects that,” he says. He was a hospice chaplain before he became a hospital chaplain, and in 1995 he obtained his Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and interviewed at three hospitals. He chose Hermann and learned through first hand experience what a Level 1 Trauma Unit entails. Through the years he’s built wonderful relationships with pastors and priests in and around Katy. “I don’t hesitate to call a Catholic priest who can administer Last Rights, or a Rabbi for Jewish patients,” says Thomas. The chapel at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital is open around the clock for families and patients who want to visit. Readers are encouraged to stop by and say hello to Chaplain Thomas, who provides such a meaningful resource to patients. You can learn more about the Memorial Hermann Hospital system chaplaincy program at www. memorialhermann.org/servicesandprograms/chaplaincyservices/.
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Three Things Every Man Should Know for His Health By Steven F. Hotze, M.D Hotze Health & Wellness Center Whether or not they would like to admit it, most men do not place enough importance on their health. With reasons ranging from not wanting to admit they are feeling ill to just simply not having enough time in their busy work schedules, most men make excuses for not making their health a priority. June is National Men’s Health Month and a great time for every man to evaluate if he is taking the proper steps to ensure not just a longer life, but a more enjoyable life. Male Menopause Yes, it’s real and often referred to as andropause. Men encounter the change of life just as women do during middle-age and for some men it occurs as early as their thirties. While men fortunately do not have to experience many of the same symptoms women do during menopause, they do encounter a significant decline in their testosterone levels as they age. Symptoms of low testosterone include: Decreased libido, increased fat content, elevated cholesterol levels, indecisiveness, depressed and irritable moods, loss of muscle mass and strength, loss of initiative and fatigue. Additionally, many men will
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Katy’s Own Dog Whisperer: Jack Richards By Melanie Saxton
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Ride Baby Ride - Fighting Ovarian Cancer By Melanie Saxton When cancer strikes, almost every family is caught unaware. Meet the Hurles family, whose matriarch, Leilani Essary Hurles, has fought the battle of her life . . . and wrote about it in laugh-out-loud moments. As a self-avowed Texas girl, Leilani Essary Hurles didn’t plan to write a book. During her hospital stay for ovarian cancer treatments she was inundated with prayers and inquiries from concerned family and friends. Her daughter, Lani, fielded the calls and suggested her mother write “Monday Updates” to keep everyone informed. From those email updates, which were often hilarious, sprang a book, Ride Baby Ride: Your Courage to Overcome Ovarian Cancer and Life’s Adversities. A Positive Outlook Hilarity and cancer? Yes, belly-laughs can help win the battle, and
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now her readers -- in stitches. For instance, Leilani’s 98-year-old father Oved -- or Magoo as he is fondly nicknamed -lives with Leilani and her husband, Bill. “Just keeping up with Magoo as he floods his handicap-equipped shower stall, drenching our Dachshund, makes me laugh.” She and Bill blended her three kids and his three kids into a unit complete with eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. “You can imagine the antics,” says Leilani. Determination and Hope “I had no idea that my Monday Update emails would touch a chord and go viral,” says Leilani. “People forwarded them on until they had circulated around the world, being read by prayer groups all over the place.” Her book is a natural segue from email diaries to a full-blown, real account drama in novel form (or rather, sit-com) about an ovarian cancer crisis. “God has a plan and my job is not to challenge it, but feed from it and figure out what He is trying to tell me. It’s like crop circles. No one can explain them, but they are there. And heaven knows no one can explain me!”
honestly -- including the embarrassing moments in hospital gowns in front of crowds of doctors -- means I can share the journey through my own personal lens of humor. I’m not necessarily brave. It’s just my nature to laugh at life, and, like Reader’s Digest says, Laughter is the Best Medicine. It helps to have faith, family and friends. And Magoo. Support systems are invaluable, and Leilani has that in abundance. She and her husband, Bill, have a combined household of six kids, eight grandkids and four great-grandkids -- much like a modern day Brady Bunch. During family gatherings, Magoo enjoys being one of four generations that mingle and fellowship. Read about their antics and more on the the fight against ovarian cancer at www.ridebabyridebook. com.
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Retaining Skills During Summer Break By Carolyn Saunders Director, Huntington Learning Center With summer vacation just around the corner, your child may be ready to toss his or her backpack and school books out the window for three months. While every child deserves a break from the hectic routine of the school year, research shows that most students experience some amount of regression when they are not in school. Help your child retain important skills during his or her summer vacation in order to smooth the transition back to school in the fall. First, talk with your child’s teacher to gain an understanding of your child’s proficiency level in various subjects. Your child’s teacher will be able to identify risk areas for regression in your child and offer suggestions for summer exercises that will help your child practice and enhance skills learned throughout the school year. Here are a few ideas for fun “anti-regression” summertime activities: Math activities: • Card games - Start with simple games such as High/Low, Crazy Eights (UNO) or Blackjack (21). As your child becomes more interested in cards, try introducing more challenging games such as solitaire, Rummy, Hearts or Bridge. • Online games - Visit www.KidSites.com for a list of kid-friendly,
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Kerryl Ann Frank Credits The Composer of Her Life By Mark Williamson Kerryl Ann Frank has been blessed many times over as a child of God, wife, homeschooling mother of three, and registered nurse. She is also the daughter-in-law of Dr. Neil Frank and hales from a musical family. She’s a vocalist and keyboardist at Parkway Fellowship. Yet she never saw herself as a musical artist until God called her in a new way, just two years ago. The fall of 2009 was challenging for Frank. Her oldest had gone to college, her daughter was planning to attend A&M, another was at Baylor . . . and the family was worried about finances. Frank had home schooled for 11 years and in the back of her mind thought about re-entering the nursing field. “I kept my license up-to-date, just in case,” says Frank. She felt torn, not quite sure of her path. In hindsight she says, “Everyone walks through valleys and struggles, and God equips us to handle problems, but He also wants us to give those problems to Him.”
A turning Point One day Frank was completely humbled before God, on her knees folding laundry, when she felt His presence and cried out in her spirit, but also vocally. That night she “started over,” pulling out different Bibles and 2010 devotional books. She found a chronological Bible given to her by her mother who had a music degree and taught her children piano and sang professionally and in the church choir. Her kids were musically gifted -- how could they be otherwise, especially since they were a captive audience to both sets of grandparents, all living nearby? Each grandparent contributed to their education and talents. Her oldest would come home from Baylor and play beautiful, original music. “Mitchell, do you understand this is a generational
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them with the world. Thus was born her original CD titled, “What Lies Within.” It features beautiful, heartfelt songs including Pray For Me, The Lord’s Prayer, Love On A Tree, The Power Of His Love, Yesterday, Today And Forever, and What Lies Within.
Then Came an Epiphany As she read Genesis 1:1, John 1:1 and Psalms 90:1, she looked up a particular song, not a Psalm written by David, but by Moses. She totally recommitted herself to God, and when she got to Psalms 90:1, 2 and 4, the entire passage leapt off page. All the instruments, all the harmonies, were given to her. Although she never asked God to give her a song, she audibly heard His voice say, “I did not skip you. From your son to your mother, I went through you and for you.” That song played constantly in Frank’s head for for next two weeks - never stopping. She called Pat Hunt, Music Minister at Parkway, and said, “God gave me a song, can you listen to it?” He said, “Sure,” and she went straight to the church to play it for him. “How did you do this?” he asked, overwhelmed. “God did it,” Frank answered. “I can’t explain it.”
Now, when a song plays in her head, Frank asks God, “What are you wanting to show me?” She had dusted off her resume to prepare to go back into nursing, but God kept giving her songs. “I’m supposed to be investing in the kingdom,” says Frank. “I’ll say, ‘I need to hear Your voice, will you give me a song?” and God answers.” She learned to pray out loud, using all her senses. To this day she opens her Bible to see and speak and hear His word. “This is a powerful tool to defeat the attacks against marriage and family, absolutely vital to help do battle against enemy. It’s more than just reading words in a Bible. I have to be active, proactive, and keep praise music playing in house all the time. Those tools of seeing, speaking, praying . . . they create songs that come from those scriptures.” What Lies Within The music is from God -- miraculous -- not so much that He did it, but the fact He did it without Frank asking. “Choosing which songs would appear on the CD was difficult,” says Frank. The tracks total twelve with more to follow, as each day brings new songs. And each song shares a bit of her personal journey, which includes some times of despair as well as great joy. Messages of faith, hope and God’s faithfulness permeate each. Frank gives God credit as the composer of her life. The title of her next CD will very probably be Composer of the Song.
Love Notes Hunt was stunned by the chords and the fact that Frank had no song writing training. “People just don’t ‘do’ this!” he exclaimed. Frank answered, “I know - it’s new, its fresh, and I’m still just basking in all God is telling me.” And God didn’t stop there. Frank was given more songs and took them to Hunt. He said “You’re making me feel bad!” -- and was inspired to start writing his own songs again. And he said, “You need to write lyrics for me!” It became clear that it was time to start making a CD. In short, Frank, indeed, is a music artist. Her album contains all her own, original music-- and she feels that two years ago as she prayed and read His Word, she was given an anthem sung by angels. Love notes —literally—were placed on her heart with instructions to share
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Camp West - Kindergarten thru 6th grade July 16 - 20 Faith West Academy 2225 Porter Road Katy, TX 77493 www.faithwest.org Campers will begin each day at 9:00 AM with a high-energy, interactive performance. There will be times for worship, games, and live character skits. They will then participate in planned activities like climbing the rock wall, crafts, and sliding down our hillside waterslide! After lunch, it’s time to break out the sun block and race to the lake!
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August 2012 Labor Day Family Camp Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 Camp Allen 18800 Fm 362 Navasota, TX 77868 www.campallen.org Kick off the school year with a fun filled family weekend! Join us for a fun-filled Luau Weekend full of family entertainment. Retreat package include 2 nights of hotel style accommodations, all meals, and activities such as fishing lessons, hiking, Hawaiian Luau, campfire with s’mores, canoeing, swimming, arts & crafts, outdoor education classes, rock climbing, moonjump, petting zoo, and much more! Horseback riding, skeet shooting, and massages are also available for an additional fee. To register or to learn more, call 866-334-CAMP or visit campallen.org.
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Miracle Service Sept. 18 | 7:00 p.m. Living Stones Church 26605 Peden Road Magnolia, TX 77355 www.joanhunter.org Come share in the ministry of Joan Hunter, daughter of Charles and Frances Hunter as she speaks a prophetic word, prays and lays hands on the sick. She is a wonderful woman of God going about His business. Come be blessed.
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Holy Spirit Services Saturdays | 7 p.m. New Destiny Christian Fellowship Church 6830 North Eldridge Pkwy #107 Houston, TX 77041 www.annott.org In His Presence Ministries is holding weekly Holy Spirit worship and miracle services every Saturday night at 7 pm. Meetings are located at New Destiny Christian Fellowship Church. Prophetic, dream interpretation and healing teams will be ministering at each service. Come and get a touch from God. Service will be broadcast live on the web at www.annott.org.
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The Creator’s Kids and the Goff Family By Melanie Saxton Funny how life’s twists and turns can be miracles in disguise. Meet community hero Lisa Goff, her family, and The Creator’s Kids Creative Arts Learning Center. From the time she was 15, Lisa Goff took every opportunity to work with the special needs community, moved by their stories, innocence and their desire to be loved. “In my mid-teens I told my mother about my dream -- to have a family that included special needs children. My mom stood there and cried, and at the time that made no sense to me,” says Lisa. “But years later my mother cried again as I stood before her as a married woman and announced that Brian and I were seeking to adopt a special needs child. This time her tears made sense, as she reminded me of that day when I was 15. She said that when I told her my dream back then, she literally had goose bumps realizing that it truly was to be. She knew this came from God.” Colliding Dreams What developed was the formation of a perfectly “atypical” family. At first, Brian did not share Lisa’s desire for a special needs family, and Lisa had secret doubts about marrying him. But she took the plunge for the sake of love, and God handled Brian’s heart through a string of divine coincidences. First, after seven years of marriage, they found neither were able to conceive a biological child. Second, as they looked into adoption, Brian wanted a “healthy white newborn.” But as he spoke to the adoption counselor, a social worker walked in with a stack of “CAP” photos-- children awaiting adoption. Lisa browsed them, and Brian asked about these photos on the way home. After
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Christopher, who has Down’s Syndrome. He loves when Brianca tells him the story of our flight home with him when he just eight weeks old. He loaded his diapers immediately after take off, and the entire plane had to endure that “experience” until we could unbuckle,” she laughs. Indeed, it is the joy and humor of daily life that bless Lisa and Brian. The family moved to Texas to be near the Medical Center, and just when they thought they were “done” the social services department in California called, hearing through the grapevine that we had experience with spina bifida needs. “Honestly, my first inclination was that we couldn’t handle another child, but after hearing that Lucy would live her childhood in foster care and then likely be institutionalized, I blurted out, ‘Not in my lifetime!’ And she came to us red-headed like me . . . a “Mini Me! It was meant to be.” Lucy’s health was delicate, and many hospital scares later the Goff ’s praise God for their third miracle child. The Creator’s Kids It was a natural segue for Lisa to open The Creator’s Kids -- an arts and learning center geared for inclusion. The aim: To value all life as we work daily to represent Christ’s love in the flesh. “The Creator’s Kids was inspired by all the needs that were never met,” says Lisa of her journey with her children. “I spent four years running from it, then earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Innovation and Design to prepare for it. I then earned my masters in health care manage-
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ment to ensure The Creator’s Kids offers everything necessary for success and growth, perhaps even franchises.” Classes in homemaking, Mommy & Me, gardening, drama, dance, vocal and Social Fridays are offered, along with parties and summer camps. The center provides a stable, secure environment where families can learn the importance, as well as the joy, value and benefits of physically playing together. “We want to educate the community,” says Lisa. “The Creator’s Kids is being built around an overwhelming passion within me to remove the significant barriers placed on families and communities as a result of the broad level of diversity experienced all around us. By diversity, I mean diversity of the mind, body, and spirit. This diversity is primarily represented in cultural differences, physical and mental differences in ability levels, and basic language barriers.” Learn more of the Goff ’s story and become inspired by their longrange vision at www.thecreatorskids.com.
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