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Letter from the Publisher Twenty years ago, when I was a member of Houston’s First Baptist Church, each Sunday school class was assigned a family to “adopt” for Christmas. The church had identified many families within the community who were in need, and we all worked together to provide them with Christmas gifts. The family I had the opportunity to serve was one I’ll remember for the rest of my life. My class adopted a young Hispanic family with two daughters, who were roughly 5 or 6 years old. My wife and I were part of the delivery team that took gifts and a Christmas meal to them. When we arrived at their apartment complex in Spring Branch, at first I thought it was a condemned property. Most of the apartments were boarded up, and driving through the parking lot was similar to driving through an army artillery field because of the many, deep potholes. Our destination was one of the few apartments that wasn’t boarded up. Our team gathered the gifts and warm meal and knocked on the family’s door. When the mother and father opened their door and invited us in, it was apparent that they had very little to their names. I don’t even think that they had electricity. When we presented them with their gifts and the meal, the precious little girls’ eyes lit up. Their father and mother, who were overcome with gratitude, broke down in tears. Like so many of you, I cannot for the life of me recall the majority of the material objects I’ve received for past Christmases. In fact, I can’t even remember the gifts I received last Christmas. This is not to say that presents can’t be wonderful and enjoyable; they certainly can be. However, out of my years on earth, the Christmas that impacted me the greatest was a day of giving, not receiving. Standing in that family’s household reminded me that everything my wife and I possessed was given to us by the Lord’s grace alone. This Christmas, I encourage all of you to incorporate this mindset into your lives. Finding the time and the means to serve others is the greatest gift of all.

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6 Bible Trivia 9 Why Your Thrifty Wife Wants a Gift This Christmas 15 Classic Chevrolet Focuses on Customers and Community 17 Prayer Requests 18 Santa’s Exchange Gives the Gift of Christmas Joy 21 Bringing Out the Best 26 Discovering Your Child’s Love Language 30 Prodigal Student? Welcome Home! 34 Parenting During the Holidays 36 My Son Has Worn a Path to Me 40 “For the Kids We Love” Autism Awareness Luncheon 41 The Buzz About Katy 43 Providing Local Healthcare for the Katy Community 45 Christmas Services 48 Dear Doctor: Why Do I Have Swelling in My Legs? 50 The Christmas Season 52 2019 Christian School Directory 62 Texas Trivia 64 The Thing About Miracles 68 From Swarming Bees to Spreading the Gospel 72 Recipe: Roasted Sage Turkey with Vegetable Gravy Our Mission Statement: “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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Why Your Thrifty Wife Wants a Gift This Christmas By Jordan Harrell Several years ago, the diamond fell out of my mom’s wedding ring and was lost forever. Being a family of educators, my parents weren’t really in the position to run down to the jewelry store and pick up a diamond. The obvious fix was to replace it with a CZ and wait it out until a diamond became a more feasible option. Eventually, that day came. I went down to the jeweler with my mom to decide between an oval or round cut (oval… looked bigger, duh), before heading to McDonald’s, your typical post-diamondpurchase restaurant. While I sat in the car in the parking lot and nursed the baby, my mom and I mulled over our guilt: why do we care? WHY does it matter? Why do rings and diamonds and presents and flowers and material things matter? Why do we even want them? Clark and I had just wrapped up our fourth Christmas as a married couple, the third in which we hadn’t bought gifts for each other. I’d always felt a little sad about that but had never wanted to admit it. I don’t need anything. So why do I want him to get me Continued on page 10

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something? Aren’t I being materialistic, selfish, greedy? This thought continued to nag me. Why do I care? Because he doesn’t care. He finds it completely wasteful. He doesn’t need anything, and neither do I. So why do I want one?? Am I really that worldly? But maybe it’s not about the gift,. Maybe it’s more about what the gift represents. 1. She wants to know you know her. She wants to know that you know what she likes, what she doesn’t like, what she wears, what she reads, what she craves, what she pines after. She wants to know that she’s not just a forgotten appendage, something you need and like but sometimes forget about. She wants to know you pay attention, even now. 2. She wants to know she’s worth it. Not the money. It’s not about the money. Really. She wants to know she’s worth the time and energy. It seems like all of that is given to the kids these days. This is your chance to prove to each other that you’re willing to go out of your way and spend time you don’t have to bless one another. 3. She wants to know you sacrificed… for her. She wants to know you gave up a night of SportsCenter to go to the mall, a place you detest. Or even just ten minutes of SportsCenter to order something online. We’ll take that. 4. She doesn’t want y’all to forget about “us”. When you get married, romance can wane. When you have kids, romance gets pooped on, spit up on, and then forgets to take a shower. Romance tends to wear pajamas all day and doesn’t have time for makeup. It takes concerted, purposeful effort now to remind each other that you really do love and appreciate one another. A lot. Christmas tends to be all about the kids, which is mostly our fault, but let’s not forget about us. At some point, even if it’s just for thirty seconds in between tantrums and feedings, let’s just focus on you and me. Continued on page 12



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5. She wants your kids to see it. She wants your kids to see that passion and romance and desire don’t die when you get married. Can you do this a million other different ways throughout the year? Yes. And I hope you do. But she wants your children to know that y’all aren’t just parents, you’re also lovers (Gross. I can’t believe I just used that word). You love to shower each other with affection, and sometimes that comes in the form of a gift. And let me be clear: she wants to do all these things for you too. She wants you to see that she knows you. She wants you to know that you’re totally worth obsessing over the perfect gift for months. She wants you to open her gift and be floored by her thoughtfulness, to feel like she really pays attention to you. She wants you to feel LOVED, even if it’s mostly her love language. You can speak a foreign love language, right? It’s not about spending a lot of money. I don’t expect a red-ribbon adorned Lexus in the driveway. In fact, I might be a little upset. Merry Christmas, here’s some debt. If you wrote a long letter about how thankful you were for your marriage, we might cry those happy tears. And that’s FREE. Husbands like that word. Let’s just set these expectations out on the table. It simplifies things doesn’t it. We want something. Nothing big. Just something. Something that says you love us. Something that says you went out of your way for us because you cared about making us feel adored. And maybe in return you’ll get a little som’n som’n too… Like a necktie. Cufflinks. Boxers. Something.

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Classic Chevrolet Focuses on Customers and Community By Dr. Rebecca Deurlein As owner of Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land, Jeff Sebastian has one guiding philosophy: Buying and maintaining a car should be a positive, pleasant experience. If you’ve done either at other dealerships, you know that’s not always the case. So the fact that Classic provides customers with great care consistently is of special note. It has been rewarded with substantial growth in all areas of the company, from its customer base to service, parts and sales. Sebastian contributes the growth to two factors: the customer experience and the dealership’s dedication to giving back to the community. First, Classic prides itself on providing a VIP experience for car buyers. They empower their salespeople to work a deal from beginning to end. That awful experience where your salesperson disappears in the middle of negotiations for an unknown boss’s approval on a price? You won’t find that at Classic. “I want each customer’s buying experience to be efficient,” Sebastian said. “I want them to trust their salesperson and know they’re getting a good deal. There’s no good cop/bad cop here. It’s about earning customers’ trust and creating a positive buying experience for them.” Sebastian is quick to point out that buying a vehicle is only the first step in the customer experience. A purchase may take a couple Continued on page 16

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of hours, but over the lifetime of your car, quality of service is what counts. Sebastian explained, “Whenever we sell you a vehicle, we’re in the very beginning stages of our relationship. Throughout ownership, we’ll be there every step of the way. It’s not fun having an oil change or dealing with car trouble. So we go out of our way to make an unpleasant experience more pleasant.” This includes efficient service, regular communication, complimentary car washes, a fleet of loaner cars, and even a shuttle to your home or office. These services go a long way toward keeping customers happy. What Sebastian sees as even more important, however, is the attitude of Classic’s employees. While experience and productivity are great attributes to have in a team member, as Sebastian says, “I hire on attitude and personality and for us, in a service-oriented industry, I will only hire people with great, positive attitudes. We really want our customers to have a Chick-fil-A or Disney experience at our dealership.” The second aspect of the Classic philosophy that has contributed to its growth is its commitment to the community and those in need. Classic gives back hundreds of thousands of dollars each year and is visible across Fort Bend as sponsors and contributors. Its annual Chili Cook Off is a popular event that in 2018 drew a crowd of 4,000 and raised over $60,000 for first responders and law enforcement. Classic donates and contributes financially to Fort Bend Meals on Wheels, and the employees volunteer personal time to deliver meals to those who are homebound. In addition, as title sponsor for the annual Boogie,

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To share your prayer request, visit and click on “prayer requests.” Please pray for individuals and families in our community who are struggling this Christmas season. Help us to find ways to help those in our community for whom Christmas is especially difficult. Please pray for Eric M. and his salvation. Pray that the light of Christ will open his eyes to see Christ Jesus. Pray that the love of God will heal his heart and his soul... As we remember the birth of Christ, please pray that Eric will be born again by the Spirit of the living God. Pray that God will give Eric the grace to experience the joy of salvation and the joy of Christmas! I ask for prayers for the students at my martial arts school, United Tae Kwon Do. Specifically, I ask for wisdom, direction, and the opportunity to use my gifts and talents to glorify my Father and Messiah.

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Santa’s Exchange Gives the Gift of Christmas Joy to Children in Fort Bend County By Rick Bell What will Santa bring me this year? Children everywhere ask themselves that question as they lay in bed on Christmas Eve. The anticipation of waking up and finding toys under the Christmas tree creates excitement and joy in every child. But what if there were no toys? How do children feel on Christmas Eve when their family cannot afford to buy toys? That is a grim reality for many children. Surprisingly, many families living right here in Fort Bend County do not have the resources to provide a gift for their children. “The thought of a child not getting a Christmas gift breaks my heart.” said Rick Bell who chairs the Santa’s Exchange committee. “Santa’s Exchange is an effort of many charitable organizations and individuals seeking to provide Christmas to families in need. It is a combined effort of the Exchange Club of Sugar Land,

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Toys for Tots, Rotary Club of Sugar Land, Exchange Club of Fort Bend, and Carolyn Tarver. These organizations raise money and collect toys to provide Christmas presents to children that would not otherwise receive one. Last year, nearly 5,000 children in Fort Bend received at least three presents each from the Santa’s Exchange event.” Each school in Fort Bend ISD participates in the event, along with many local businesses and hospitals. Last year, most of the schools in Lamar Consolidated also agreed to help. Participating in the event is a great what to teach students and children to have a heart for others and experience the joy of giving. At last year’s event, nearly 1,000 vol-

unteers helped make sure the event ran smoothly. There is a lot of work leading up to the event. Toys are collected, sorted and tagged according to their value. When the families arrive, the children are escorted to see Santa and play games. While the children are playing, the parents select three toys for each of their children with the assistance of a volunteer elf. It is very similar to shopping at a local store. After the parents complete their shopping, the gifts are bagged and they are reunited with their children. It is a wonderful event that brings smiles to many children on Christmas morning. If you would like to help, please consider dropping a toy at any Sugar Land Fire Station, or any local school participating in the Santa’s Exchange event. If we continue to combine our resources and volunteering together, we can assure every child in our county will go to be wondering “What will Santa bring me this year?” If you would like to participate in any way or get more information about the event, please feel free to email

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Bringing Out the Best By Caitlin Richards Dr. Valeria Musetti has lived in the Katy/ Richmond area since 2002 and found Katy a great place to raise her family and start her career. Dr.Musetti is very passionate in what she does and believes if you choose to do something you love, you will never have to work a day in your life. Through living by that motto and showing such compassion for her staff and patients she is leaving her mark on the hearts of everyone and making Katy a better place, one smile at a time. From a young age, Dr. Musetti knew she wanted to serve others through health services as her career. Both of her parents are physicians. She saw firsthand what kind of impact they made on the lives of others through their work. “I grew up seeing my parents always helping people,” Dr. Musetti said. “Either by attending to their patients or helping their patients get the resources they needed and access to healthcare. They were a great inspiration for our family, and inspired me to help others.” Dr. Musetti moved from Ecuador to the United States at the age of seventeen after being accepted to attend college at Michigan State University, where she met her husband Carlos Musetti. After graduating college with a bachelor’s in microbiology and genetics, Dr. Musetti and her husband moved closer to his family in Texas where

she then decided dentistry is the way she would serve in the health services field. She was accepted to The University of Texas Dental Branch, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). While in dental school, Dr. Musetti and her husband welcomed their first child. She knew she wanted to have a career that allowed Continued on page 22

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and Pilipino speaking patients. “It’s comforting to our patients to have someone who can communicate and explain their dental care with them in their own language,” Dr. Musetti said. “It is very important to be able to serve our patients in this way.” Additionally, they all have varying dentistry specialties to take care of their patients all within the same practice and building. These include a pediatric dentist, endodontist, and a cosmetic dentistry specialist. “We try to provide our patients with the highest quality of dentistry that we can,” Dr. Musetti said. “We keep up with the latest technologies and are always looking for ways we can do things better Continued on page 24

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for our patients.” As a staff of all women, Dr. Musetti said they understand the challenges of caring for small children while being a working professional. Which is why Kingsland Dental Group provides an in-office babysitter for their patients and sometimes their staff. Personally, being a mom is something Dr. Musetti enjoys the most out of her life. When she isn’t practicing dentistry or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her four children and husband. They enjoy living an active lifestyle, watching movies, and traveling. “My family and I enjoy spending quality time together,” Dr. Musetti said. “We try to do as many family activities as we can on our time off.” Throughout her career, Dr. Musetti has dedicated her time and effort to give back and improve the lives of those in the Katy community. She also values the importance of mentoring young and inspiring dentists by allowing college students to shadow her. Over the years, she has supported a variety of charitable, sports and community causes. Just recently, Kingsland Dental Group held a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness where Dr. Musetti matched December 2018 / January 2019

every dollar donation. Dr. Musetti views owning a business as more than just a career it is also a ministry. She runs her business in a way that serves her staff and patients well. Her faith largely impacts this business model and culture. “Making a positive difference is never about the recognition,” Dr. Musetti said. “You shouldn’t expect anything in return, you should do it because you want to truly help others.” When entering Kingsland Dental Group, patients can expect to feel welcomed and at home. That is something Dr. Musetti will always continue, while also incorporating new and modern technology to help keep the office up to date. “It has been a blessing to have a loyal patient pool that has been with us for so long,” Dr. Musetti said. “We look forward to continuing to serve them and the growing Katy community.”

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Discovering Your Child’s Love Language By Dr. Rebecca Deurlein “I don’t understand it. I’ve raised both my kids the same way, and they’ve turned out completely different!” I’ve heard this exasperated claim many times. Have you said it yourself? I remember reading all the parenting books and columns I could get my hands on while raising my son and daughter. I wanted to understand why I got one result when I applied a parenting principle to my son and a completely different result with my daughter. After all, they were raised in the same household, same parents, same rules, same religious foundation, same everything. What was I missing? One very big factor: They are two entirely different people. Their personalities, perspectives, choices, passions, strengths, weaknesses all different. Yet I was treating them the same, thinking “same” was a synonym for “fair.” It isn’t. Being fair is being judicious, with consistent rules and consequences. Your son shouldn’t get to stay out later than your daughter. Your daughter shouldn’t do more chores than your son. And discipline for one shouldn’t be more extreme than the other. But with different personalities, values and interests, your children shouldn’t be treated the same, any more than you treat all your friends or family members the exact same way. As adults, we’ve recognized that other adults respond differently to statements, actions,

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and expressions of love. We adapt our behavior and expectations accordingly. Look at marriage. Is your spouse just like you? I’ve been married almost 31 years and I’m here to tell you, my husband and I are very different people. Yet we cohabitate peacefully, resolve differences quickly, and enjoy each other’s company. And we have a deep love for one another that hasn’t faded. But how does that translate to our relationship to our children? Well, think about the Love Languages, Dr. Gary Chapman’s philosophy about how to relate to those who aren’t like us. He says that everyone has a Love Language, a way that they are most receptive to love, leading to cooperation and returned affection. Just as adults have love languages, children do too. And knowing their love language is tantamount to some of the best parenting principles out there. The five Love Languages - Physical Touch, Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Gift Giving, and Acts of Service - represent how a person sees and feels love. For children of all ages, it looks like this: 1. Physical Touch - Hugs and kisses, sitting in close proximity, wrestling, back scratches, placing your hand on your child’s when

talking, high-fiving, and snuggling all help these kids feel your love. While these same actions with another child can cause discomfort or embarrassment, the child who craves physical touch will count on it as a way to view your love. 2. Words of Affirmation - You will know this is your child’s love language when their motivation and satisfaction grow as a result of verbal praise and recognition. These kids need to hear “I love you” and need you to tell them you’re proud of them. But be careful! They will quickly recognize false praise, as they are attuned to words and tone. Likewise, negative words cut to the core. So be sincere in your dialog and solve disputes through calm discussion, and they will respond! 3. Quality Time - While all of us need human interaction and crave acceptance from others, kids who fall in this category base their view of relationships primarily on the amount and quality of time you spend with them. As you can imagine, these kids struggle when the two most important people in their lives are constantly at work or busy with other endeavors. It’s not that you need to be with them all the time, it’s that when you are, it needs to be about them, not about your phone, other people, or any other distractions. When they speak, look them directly in the eyes and give them your full attention. Make them feel that when you’re together, it’s only about the two of you. Continued on page 29

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4. Giving gifts - These kids are thoughtful. It brings them joy to make others happy through gift giving. They put time and effort into their gifts because to them, giving to others is a true sign of love. In return, they gauge others’ love for them by the same measure. But don’t mistake expensive for valuable. What they are looking for is an understanding of who they are, what they like, and what brings them happiness. This can include homemade gifts, cookies baked just for them, or a handwritten card expressing your pride in their accomplishment. 5. Acts of Service - No, these children do not expect you to be their servant, but they will feel the most loved when you serve them in a different way. Hosting their friends at your house; doing something when they ask you to do it, not in your own time; and making them feel valued by treating them respectfully, are all ways you can perform acts of service. Again, price is not a factor here. Stopping for a milkshake just because your daughter craves one is a small act that will bring big love rewards. Figuring out who your children are and what makes them tick is the first step in knowing how to speak to them in the language that they appreciate. When that happens, the fact that your children are different will be a blessing rather than a curse. Rebecca Deurlein is the author of Teenagers 101: What a top teacher wishes you knew about helping your kid succeed, and President of Teenager Success 101, a one-on-one tutoring and life coaching company dedicated to helping kids find success. She blogs and writes internationally, speaks to parents across the nation, and loves every minute of living in Sugar Land, TX. Find her on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Huffington Post, or through her own blog A Teacher’s Guide to Understanding Teenagers. All can be accessed at

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Prodigal Student? Welcome Home! By Dr. Rebecca Deurlein Have you wandered away from your studies? Started on the path to education and lost your momentum along the way? Has life interfered with your goals? If so, you’re in excellent company. Thousands of residents right here in the Katy community can relate. Although the specifics may vary, it’s not uncommon to find yourself as an adult in need of a life improvement or overhaul. Belhaven University may just be the solution and the best kept secret - for adult education. Based in Jackson, MS, since 1883, Belhaven is one of the oldest university systems in America, and its satellite campus in Houston is a little-known gem with much to offer for adult learners. Its unique class setup, “nuts and bolts” curriculum, and incorporation of Biblical studies and a Christian worldview offer an ideal program for busy workers and parents. With a new semester beginning January 1, Belhaven is holding open enrollment and offering incentives for those who need a little push. Belhaven’s

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Parenting During the Holidays By Tiah Lewis With the changing of the leaves, the smell of pumpkin spice, and the beginning of brisk cold winds, I am reminded of how close we are to the holidays. As we prepare for school closures and family gatherings, as parents we can become overwhelmed with the pressure of getting everything right during the holidays. We become bombarded with shopping lists, holiday activities and school programs, and find it hard to enjoy the special moments the holidays bring. While we more importantly remember to not forget the reason for the season, we however forget how the seasons bring one of the most wonderful gifts home, our families and children. I encourage you to do these few things as parents in preparation for the holiday: Take a few minutes or more out the day to just enjoy interaction and play with your kids. A lot of times during our weekly routines and schedules we miss out on small milestones and fun and quirky things our kids may do or say when they have our undivided attention. God calls children a gift, every now and then we need to be reminded that although family life brings on a lot of responsibility and added pressure, we are still blessed to be parents. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17 NIV). Take time for yourself. While you may be wondering how this

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can be done in such a busy season, time for ourselves can come in all forms and doesn’t require a lot of time. It can be sitting in the car for a bit after browsing and shopping through online ads and stores. It could be walking in and grabbing a cup of coffee and enjoying it by yourself instead of rushing through the drive through. Or it could even be reading an article or story and reflecting on it for a bit to bring things back into perspective on the cusp of a hectic day at home. Our need for presence with the Father is important to our spiritual vitality. He tells us “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy lade, and I will give you rest” (Matt 11:28 NIV). Share your thoughts of gratitude with your kids. This has always been a favorite of mine. Sharing what we are thankful for in front of others especially our children can be more rewarding and special than we know. We are often so busy with sending messages via text

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My Son Has Worn a Path to Me By Jordan Harrell Every morning, I roll over to find a tiny body lying between my husband and me. Sometimes I remember how he got there. Sometimes it’s as if he magically appeared. But you can count on my three-year-old to climb into our bed, wiggle over my body, and scoot himself under the covers at some point during the night. Some nights when I’ve just laid my head down, before I’ve even begun thinking of all the things I need to do the next day (or the things I forgot to do that day), I hear the swishing of his pajama pants across the tile floor occasionally accompanied by a crash or two into a wall as he makes his way to us in a stupor. He pushes the door open, his eyes cracked like he’s been punched in the face, his bedhead on point, and whispers, “I’m sca-yed. Can I way wiv you?”

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And because I’m putty in his hands, and because I’m too tired to care, I help him up and over and under the quilt. I know it’s just gotten to be a habit, and I know all the good moms out there would tell me I need to break it before it gets out of hand (#toolatebro). But he’s my last one. And there’s something about him knowing that when he’s scared, he knows exactly where to go to feel safe. I was thinking about it one night, while he lie next to me. He had just crawled in, yet was already asleep. It was as if he was never really awake at all. He knows that path well now, the one from his room to ours, because in the not-so-scary daylight he’s walked it over and over again. He’s worn a path to our room because he’s come here often. Not always because he needed something, but just because he loves to be near us. But it hasn’t always been that way. When we first moved to this house last year, he would just cry in his room until we came to him (which always took a little longer because #mamastired and #dadddyhasselectivehearing). He wasn’t comfortable with the layout of the house yet, hadn’t raced screaming through the halls a million times yet. It was uncharted territory. So he didn’t know the way. But now, he does. So at night, when he needs us, he follows that beaten path to our room. He knows all the turns, all the walls, all the furniture he needs to avoid.

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I hadn’t visited in a while? Of course God will meet us in our darkness. Of course he’ll be there, waiting for us. He’s longing to hold us and carry us and lead us. But if we haven’t worn down that road to him, if we haven’t walked it day in and day out, we might have a harder time getting there. We might run into a few walls, stub our toes on a few door frames, hit our head against a lamp or two, before our weary bodies finally collapse into his waiting arms. I thought of all the times I’d neglected to walk that path to just spend time with my Father. How I’d waited until I needed him, until circumstances turned desperate and out of control, to stumble my way around searching for Him. He was there all along, in the same place he’d always been. I’d just forgotten the path because I hadn’t been walking it every day. But the good news is we serve a God who sees us stuck in the corner banging our head against the wall in our lostness and throws down everything, turns his back on whatever he’s doing, and sprints to us. Not out of frustration or disappointment but in JOY and COMPASSION. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” (Matthew 15:19) I’m thankful for a son who knows how to find me even in the pitch dark with his eyes half-open. I’m thankful he knows how much I love him. And I’m thankful for the way the Lord teaches me about his character through the pitter patter of his little feet. I pray that I will grow to understand the heights and depths and lengths of his love for me.

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“For the Kids We Love” Autism Awareness Luncheon, February 14 By Hope Collins Montgomery Valentine’s Day, a day where “love is in the air” goes into overdrive for both the young and seasoned at heart. However, on February 14, during the annual Hope For Three Luncheon at Safari Texas Ranch, autism advocates, caregivers and so many who champion the organization’s cause will get to and celebrate the heart of the matter that connects them, the kids they all love. The mid-day gathering, presented by Mary and Tom Solcher, is held in the Magnolia Room from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. KPRC 2 Meterologist, Britta Merwin will serve as guest speaker. Just like many champions of causes, the connection is often the journey, or the witnessing of someone’s journey, that makes one aware, accept and take action. Mary and Tom Solchers’ relationship with Hope For Three began through their friendship with several friends who are on the autism journey, including The Montgomery Family; the inspiration of Hope For Three. “Initially, it was the outside looking in approach to autism,” said Mary Solcher. “We knew several of our friends were living with autism and things were different than the everyday challenges of raising children, but we had no idea of what the day-to-day reality was for them. Autism is “on the job training” without a lot of help or peer support which often makes it difficult for caregivers to ask for help. I encourage everyone to assist in whatever capacity, possible. The simple act of kindness can be the difference – for that day or at that moment. Be flexible and available.” Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States affecting 1 in 59 children and 1 in 45 school-age children. More than 5,000 children diagnosed on the autism spectrum are enrolled in Fort Bend County public schools. “Many of us, including myself, staff, board members, volunteers, the Solchers and others have a similar story of autism family, friendship, awareness, acceptance and action,” said Darla Farmer, Hope For Three Founder and Executive Director. “At the heart of matter is our

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Do you know about an event happening in the Katy area? Share your photos with us and they could be published in The Buzz About Katy! Email your photos with a short description to 1) Students from Living Water Christian School’s volleyball team pause for a prayer huddle before a recent game. Learn more about Living Water Christian School at 2) On Monday, Oct. 8, Second Mile hosted its fourth annual golf tournament at Sweetwater Country Club, benefiting individuals and families in poverty and crisis in Fort Bend County. Eighteen teams participated, raising funds to provide nutritious groceries, health care, and educational classes for people in need. Second Mile Mission Center is a faith-based outreach for Fort Bend families and individuals in need. With an award-winning food pantry and a free medical and dental clinic, Second Mile meets basic physical needs while also building relationships with people in need and helping them reach next steps. Additional programs include financial education, job readiness training, English as a Second Language, financial assistance and a unique ministry program. 3) More than 2,000 supporters came out to the 8th annual Classic Chili Challenge hosted by Classic Chevy Sugar Land on October 13th. 4) Cookoff winners pose for a photo at Classic Chevy Sugar Land’s 8th annual Classic Chili Challenge on October 13th. 5) Classic Chevy Sugar Land’s 8th annual Classic Chili Challenge raised $60,000 for Fort Bend County first responders.

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Do you know about an event happening in the Katy area? Share your photos with us and they could be published in The Buzz About Katy! Email your photos with a short description to 1) Cornerstone Christian Academy students in Pre-Kindergarten – 8th grade paid tribute to our nation’s veterans in a special Veteran’s Day Chapel. Cornerstone Christian Academy is grateful to all the veterans and current service members for their service. 2) The inaugural Fort Bend Christian Academy Topgolf Classic on November 8, 2018 brought 90 participants together for friendly competition and a good cause. Thanks to generous sponsors and supporters, the event raised $26,000. Proceeds will provide additional support for capital needs and improvements. 3) Kelsey Wylie, a senior at Faith West Academy (FWA), signed a letter of intent to the University of Kentucky. Wylie will be joining the Wildcat Women’s Golf Program in the fall of 2019. 4) Learning Rx Sugar Land staff, students and Event Co-Chair, Bianca Schnakenberg (seated right) ready for the 2nd annual countywide Jigsaw Puzzle Competition slated for January 19, 2019. Teams of four rally together to raise autism awareness until all the pieces fit. Awards and bragging rights guaranteed! Learn more or register your team at 5) Fort Bend Christian Academy’s fourth grade student Katherine Huang was selected to represent International Music Academy in their Student Showcase Concert at Carnegie Hall. Katherine recently travelled to New York and enjoyed performing in one of the most eminent music venues in the world. “This experience showed her that her hard work pays off in fun ways,” said Kathy Yu Li, Katherine’s mother.


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healthcare service without the wait you experience at the ER and without having to wait sometimes weeks to get an appointment with your primary care physician,” Ebunlomo said. Anything from a cough and a cold to a sprained ankle can be treated at Preferred Urgent Care. Experienced healthcare provid-

“We believe this helps them connect with parents when they bring in their children to be seen,” Ebunlomo said. “They treat our patients with the same empathy they would want to receive if they were the ones bringing in their sick child. Our people are truly the key to the outstanding care we provide here at Preferred Urgent care.” Besides receiving personable care, Preferred Urgent Care offers patients a one-stop shop service for x-rays and other diagnostic tests. Continued on page 46

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December 8 Westland Baptist Church 1407 W Grand Parkway S Katy, TX 77494 (281) 392-5099 Join Westland Baptist Church for their Mother/Daughter Gingerbread House Decorating Event on Dec. 8 from 10am to 11:30am! Hot chocolate and cookies are provided!

December 15 Heritage Baptist Church 2223 FM 1092 Missouri City, TX 77459 (281) 403-4994 Are you looking for a new home for your spirit this Christmas? Join Heritage Baptist Church during their church-wide Christmas lunch on Dec. 15, from 2pm to 3pm!

December 21 Rios de Aceite 510 S Mason Road Katy, TX 77450 (832) 782-7370 Bring your children to the Christmas Muppets Show at the Rios de Aceite church on Dec. 21 at 7:30pm! During this night of fun, your kids will hear the story of Christmas.

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Bear Creek Baptist Church 5901 N Fry Rd. Katy, TX 77449 (281) 859-9900 December 23 Special Day of Christmas Worship & Lord’s Supper 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00 am. Servicio en Español – 11:00am December 24 Christmas Candlelight Services 4:00, 5:30 & 7:00pm

December 24 Living Word Lutheran Church: 3600 S Mason Road Katy, TX 77450 (281) 392-2300 Bring your young kids to Living Word Lutheran Church on Dec. 24 from 3pm to 4pm for their Family Christmas Eve! This interactive service will allow children to “live” the story of Christmas. Visit the website for other events.


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Instead of receiving a referral to go somewhere else for x-rays or testing, Preferred Urgent Care is able to do most testing onsite. “We want to make the process as simple as possible for our patients,” Ebunlomo said. “If someone isn’t feeling well, the last thing they want to do is go elsewhere for additional testing.” Preferred Urgent Care cares about their patients and wants to help them even before they step into their clinic. Their blog and Facebook page provides followers with pertinent health and wellness information to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to certain conditions. “We try to educate our patients on different health-related issues,” Ebunlomo said. “Especially, if we see something prevalent in the community or relevant to the time of year.” One of the best ways to stay well this holiday season is to get a flu shot. Preferred Urgent Care can help there as well. They offer a low price of $19.99 for a flu shot. They also accept most major insurance providers, which may cover the flu shot’s cost. “We encourage everyone who can to get a flu shot,” Ebunlomo said. “It is a great way to keep yourself safe this flu season. Stopping in for a flu shot with us will also give you the chance to meet our staff and see our facilities.” Preferred Urgent Care has enjoyed serving the Katy community for the past four years. They understand when patients step into their clinic they are looking for a solution and being able to provide an affordable healthcare solution is what they enjoy doing the most. “The expression of gratitude that comes from patients when they walk out the door or when they write gracious reviews online is the



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greatest compliment we could ever receive,” Ebunlomo said. “We pride ourselves on those expressions of gratitude.” For more information about Preferred Urgent Care, visit their website at or give them a call at 281-9161444. They are located at 1450 Grand Parkway South, Suite M, Katy, Texas 77494 in the same shopping center as Kroger, Wells Fargo, Cato, and Hasta La Pasta.

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Dear Doctor: Why Do I Have Swelling in My Legs? By Dr. George V. Golod Dear Doctor: I have neurosarcoidosis and taking steroids bund close monitoring. Dear Patient: There are numerous causes for your legs to swell; some dangerous and some quite benign. Like any other symptom people experience, it needs to be addressed in context of other signs, symptoms and history. I will discuss several “red flag” scenarios that deem urgent medical attention. 1. Unilateral swelling with or without redness or pain, especially with the following risk factors: a. Recent travel b. Recent surgery c. Smoking d. Use of birth control or hormone replacement therapy e. Known or suspected history of cancer. This may be a simple soft tissue/skin infection; however, medical professionals need to rule out a clot in the veins of the lower extremity (DVT – deep ve-



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nous thrombus) which can lead to a life-threatening condition known as a pulmonary embolus (when the clot dislodges from the leg and travels to the vessels in the lungs preventing oxygenation of blood). As mentioned, this may look like an infection – which is treated with antibiotics; however, a DVT is not an infection and requires anticoagulation (thinning of the blood) to prevent progression of the clot. Sometimes DVTs are “unprovoked” by medications, surgery or travel and may be due to an underlying condition which would prompt further testing. 2. Bilateral swelling (swollen legs and puffiness in both feet): a. Pregnancy: water retention in extremities is frequently physiologic and expected; however, it is critical to have routine prenatal care and follow up because conditions such as preeclampsia can present with swelling. b. Venous stasis: gravity forces blood to pool in people who stand or sit for extended periods of time– this is a benign cause but

needs to be evaluated. c. Malnutrition: blood is more than just red blood cells – there are proteins (namely Albumin) that function by keeping a fluid equilibrium – malnutrition zaps our protein levels and fluid leaks out of our vessels and thanks to gravity pools in the most dependent part of our body (our legs). d. Liver failure: our liver is responsible for making a lot of proteins (like albumin) and cirrhosis of the liver can lead to increase water retention and swelling. e. Heart failure: Your heart is designed to pump blood all over the body – if the pump is malfunctioning (or “failing”), fluid backs up upstream from the heart causing swelling in the legs and in the lungs. This needs to be addressed promptly.

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The Christmas Season By Pastor Robert Burdett PowerHouse Church “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder. And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 During the Christmas season, we celebrate the birth of the promise. The Word says that Jesus was given the name above all names. There is no other name that has been given by which man can be saved. This is good news! In Isaiah 9:6, the Word says that His name is wonderful. The wonder of Jesus is that He would come to earth fully man and fully God in order to reverse the curse of sin over our lives. The good news to all mankind is that Jesus, while we were yet sinners, came and offered himself as a sacrifice to pay for the debt of our sin (which was death - for the wages of sin is death). As we celebrate this Christmas season, every Christian family should take the time to share the Gospel in their home. This time of family and celebration should be centered around the Good News of Jesus. In fact, this is our first step in fulfilling the Great Commission. It starts in our home with our family! Many times we assume that everyone in our home has heard it before, but as you know, assumption is the lowest level of knowledge. This holiday season could be the year that your children, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, and cousins hear the Word and are re-

generated! What an exciting thought to introduce the gift of eternal life to those who are closest to us. What if your Christmas celebration is the place of rebirth to someone you know?! Preach the Gospel! His name is called Counselor and Prince Of Peace. This season we must be reminded that we serve a God who is always willing to listen. Many of us are not looking forward to the long lines, increased traffic, etc. Sometimes these times of celebration can cause a depression in some, especially, if they have experienced a loss or had a traumatic experience. But no matter the darkness, Jesus is light. He will be your counselor, and He will be your peace. If you are struggling this season for whatever reason, take the time to pray and ask God to send His Counselor and His Peace. His name is Jesus. Call out His name…It re-sides above any circumstance that you may be going through today.


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We’ve compiled a list of some of the top Christian schools and after school programs in the Katy area. For a complete listing of schools and additional information, visit our website at

Belhaven University Adult education, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees

15115 Park Row, Suite 175 Houston, TX 77084 (281) 579-9977

Belhaven University is the premier destination for Houston residents who want to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree quickly and affordably. Belhaven offers a high-quality Christian adult studies program that delivers accelerated adult education and graduate degrees that are tailored to the needs of busy working adults. Belhaven provides students with small class sizes, experienced faculty and a career-relevant curriculum. At Belhaven, adults are given the opportunity to develop their unique gifts and abilities in ways that a large, impersonal university never could. Furthermore, Belhaven focuses on the busy adult, offering classes that meet just once a week so that students can keep their lives

outside the classroom. Belhaven’s curriculum integrated the Christian worldview with the latest theory and practice, so that individuals will be prepared for the rapidly changing world. Belhaven has been named one of America’s Best Christian Colleges every year since 1996. Enroll soon to become a successful Belhaven graduate with the tools needed to thrive in today’s global economy!

Calvary Episcopal Preparatory 4 years old – 12th grade

1201 Austin Street Richmond, TX 77469 (281) 342-3161

like kindness and together grow in their understanding of God’s expectations for them. Calvary’s 3 R’s: Reverence for God, Respect for others, and Responsibility for self, are the cornerstone for every aspect of the child’s educational journey. In addition to a rigorous and accelerated academic environment, the Calvary experience includes service learning, leadership opportunities, and enrichment programs for student creativity and expression. These programs include a successful athletic department, Student Council, National Honor Society, and visual and performing arts that encompass a Thespian Troupe, a National Arts Honor Society, and a competitive band. Small classrooms and individualized attention assure that students enjoy a safe and nurturing environment. Christian character classes, Bible instruction and three chapel services weekly foster an emotionally safe environment. Calvary is unique in that students learn to “live together” regardless of age, as the school enters Pre-K - 4 year olds and graduates students in grade 12. Students freely interact, and the older students mentor the younger in a diverse student body that is accepting of all faiths and

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nationalities. To schedule a tour of the campus, call (281) 342-3161 and bring this ad for $100 off the registration fee.

Centerra Ranch Montessori School 3 months – 6 years old

23144 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Suite H Katy, TX 77494 (281) 693-2767

Centerra Ranch Montessori School serves children from infancy to 6 years of age. With a mission to “Gently Guide Children Toward Excellence,” CRMS creates confident learners, entrepreneurs, and future philanthropists by providing a peaceful and inspiring environment. Today’s children pave the future of tomorrow’s nation, so every child at CRMS is treated with the utmost respect. CRMS strives to create an environment that nurtures December 2018 / January 2019

divergent thinking, fosters creativity and embraces diversity. It cultivates children’s innate love of learning as they prepare for a life of purpose, integrity and academic accomplishment. The campus offers a low student-to-teacher ratio, has an organic school garden, and is toxin-free. Students engage in piano, violin, chess, yoga and soccer lessons, study Spanish, Chinese and Hindi, and experience hands-on learning in outdoor science classrooms. All teachers at CRMS are highly trained and Montessori Certified. The curriculum is engaging and emphasizes communication and respect for self, others and the community. Philanthropy and “Mind Your Manner” are also incorporated into the CRMS program. These skills are enhanced by various role playing exercises of proper manners, peaceful resolutions to conflict, and by allowing students to toss their coins into the beautiful “Your Change for Change” water fountain. Students also participate in an annual school-wide charity fundraiser benefiting the Katy community. CRMS also offers summer camps for children aged 7-years-old to 12-years-old. Call today to schedule a campus tour.

Education at CCS is approached from a biblical perspective that recognizes the sovereignty and authority of God. The curriculum is carefully selected in order to academically challenge all students, while upholding Christian standards. Prayer and Bible classes are a very important part of the daily schedule for students. CCS offers a well-balanced education including award winning programs in academics, fine arts and athletics. Students develop a strong foundation in reading and writing skills, critical thinking, the ability to apply mathematical concepts, and a broad understanding of the sciences and humanities. For upperclassmen, the curriculum is designed to increase collegereadiness by providing the academic background needed to succeed in a degree program at a college or university. CCS students consistently score above the national averages in both the SAT and ACT. Honors level courses, as well as dual credit and AP classes, are available. Contact us today to schedule an inspiring one-hour tour of Cypress Christian School!

which encourages analytic and critical thinking; this curriculum is then adapted in Spanish and English. Students study the same themes and books in each language, taught by qualified educators in each target language. In addition to its immersive and diverse curriculum, ERA offers students unique classes in gardening, music, choir, fitness, applied art, drama/theater, and introductory science courses. Classrooms are large and bright, and all teachers are highly skilled. At ERA, all students are challenged both cognitively and spiritually. Register for the upcoming school year today!

Faith West Academy 3 years old – 12th grade

2225 Porter Road Katy, TX 77493 (281) 391-5683

Since 1982, Katy’s oldest and largest private school, Faith West Academy, continues to uphold core values of reverence for God; respect for ourselves, others and authority, and responsibility for one’s actions. FWA is inter-denominational and is known for its high academic standards and Christian Worldview education.

Eagles on the Rock Academy 18 months – 8 years old

Cypress Christian School Kindergarten – 12th grade

11123 Cypress N. Houston Road Houston, TX 77065 (281) 469-8829

Cypress Christian School is a private K - 12 Christian school in Northwest Houston. The CCS mission is to develop Christlike character and intellectual competence in all students, and to push the student body to achieve maximum academic and personal success. CCS recognizes parents’ essential role in their children’s development, and strives for a partnership between the school and the home. Current students and graduates attest to the CCS advantage: a unique combination of strengths, creating an academically challenging and nurturing environment. December 2018 / January 2019

433 S. Barker Cypress Road Houston, TX 77094 (281) 945-4540

Sitting on a spacious 7.5-acre campus, Eagles on the Rock Academy provides students with a high-quality Christian education while maintaining reasonable prices. ERA has a low student-to-teacher ratio, which allows for a more personalized learning experience. Teachers are dedicated to creating an environment that balances responsibility and freedom, in which students can grow in honesty, integrity and respect. At ERA, youth from 18-months-old to 8-years-old receive a high level, trilingual education. An additional grade level will be opened each year in order to further serve the community. ERA follows the curriculum set forth by the French Ministry of Education, For Advertising Information, Call (281) 741-8317 • • 53

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FWA provides a safe, Christian environment for preschool (starting at age 3) through 12th grade. As an extension of the preschool, FWA hosts a popular Mother’s Day Out Program that enrolls students as early as 15-months-old. FWA serves a growing number of international students seeking studies in America by providing them with on-campus boarding facilities. The FWA motto is Excellence Without Compromise! To help students develop spiritually, FWA offers weekly chapel, daily Bible classes and Biblical integration in all classes. FWA also offers strong core curriculums, Accelerated, Pre-Advanced Placement, and Advanced Placed courses for 6th -12th grade students, individualized learning where advanced or struggling students move at a pace that fits their abilities, and “A la Carte” classes for homeschooled junior high and high school students. To promote physical and artistic excellence, FWA offers weekly PE and music classes, along with daily outdoor recesses for elementary school students. Junior high and high school students can engage in many different competitive athletic programs. Junior high and high school

students can also partake in agriculture, performing and visual arts, choir and band classes. High school students participate in athletic and fine art competitions. Schedule a tour with FWA right away!

Fort Bend Christian Academy 4 years old – 12th Grade

1250 Seventh St. Sugar Land, TX 77478 (281) 263-9175

Fort Bend Christian Academy exists to glorify God through excellence in college-preparatory Christian education. FBCA is a Pre-K through grade-12 school, located on a 35-acre campus in the heart of Sugar Land, one of the fastest-growing cities in Texas. As an interdenominational school, FBCA welcomes a diverse population of students who attend more than 100 area churches.

Students at FBCA receive an academically challenging education with a curriculum designed to provide a superior spiritual and intellectual environment. Fifty different Honors and Advanced Placement classes are offered at the upper school level, and middle school students with accelerated educational development may also participate in an honors curriculum. All teaching staff are spiritually, academically and professionally qualified, certified educators, with many possessing a master’s degree or higher. FBCA features small class sizes, uniforms, a hot lunch program, before and after school programs, enrichment classes, clubs and strong community service involvement. Outside of the classroom, students hold multiple state championships in athletics and fine arts. The school has produced a number of National Merit Scholars, and 100% of graduates enroll in college or enlist in the military, with most students attending their first-choice university. Alumni serve in various career fields, and many obtain postgraduate degrees in law, medicine, engineering and more. For more information about FBCA, email or call the Admissions

Office today.

Houston Theological Seminary Adults

7502 Fondren Road Houston, TX 77074 (281) 640-3000

Houston Baptist University is excited to announce its new “Master of Divinity” program, offered through Houston Theological Seminary. This innovative program gives students the opportunity to study with leading scholars in biblical and theological studies and practicing clergy with years of successful ministry experience. The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is an integrated approach to Christian theological graduate education designed to prepare students for enhanced ministry in their churches. Accordingly, the degree program is highly focused

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on personal formation and practical experience in ministry settings, in addition to more traditional classes in order to prepare students for serving in a church ministry. MDiv classes focus on giving students the core skills needed to understand and apply the Bible in particular cultural contexts. Courses have individual focuses with an overlapping goal of helping students integrate these lessons into their ministries so that their ministries are holistically faithful to God’s Word and relevant to our culture. Houston Theological Seminary values its Baptist heritage, but its faculty and student body represents a range of evangelical traditions and denominations. Anyone who wishes to study with Houston Theological Seminary is welcome!

Marine Military Academy Boys 7th – 12th grade

320 Iwo Jima Blvd.

Harlingen, TX 78550 (956) 423-6006

Marine Military Academy has been helping boys realize their full potential since 1965. MMA offers both solutions and opportunities. The purpose at MMA is to inspire positive academic, physical and moral growth. To achieve this, MMA provides a disciplined, distraction-free setting that allows cadets to focus on their educational and personal development. Throughout this journey, cadets learn to take ownership of their lives and develop the tools they need to succeed; not only in college, but in life. The proven educational model at MMA helps boys earn higher grades, develop exceptional character and maturity, and plan their short and long-term goals for the future. Our students consist of 7th grade through 12th grade, with an optional postgraduate year. MMA also offers a four week summer camp program for boys, ages 11 – 18. MMA is a family made up of staff, teachers, drill instructors, coaches, parents and mentors, all working to provide an environment that ensures academic success and 281-564-4444

helps young men mature and to have fun. MMA is a choice for young men from all over the country and the world. MMA does not discriminate based on race, religion or national origin. For more information, visit our website or give us a call today!

Primrose School of Woodcreek Reserve Preschool

1249 FM 1463 Katy, TX 77494 (281) 371-0099 woodcreek-reserve

cifically for its curriculum. When it comes to helping children reach their full potential, Primrose leaves no stone unskipped, unpainted or unturned. Primrose recognizes that each child learns in different ways. Because of this, the Primrose “Balanced Learning” approach provides teachers with the tools and guidance to accommodate children’s natural curiosity and to fully support each child while building problem solving skills and confidence. Primrose offers well-rounded and extensive classes in Language and Literacy, Physical Development, Science and Engineering, Social Studies, Social and Emotional Development, Creative Arts and Math. Children from infancy to Kindergarten are welcome at Primrose. Please visit the website for more information!

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St. Laurence Catholic School 4 years old – 8th grade

2630 Austin Parkway Sugar Land, TX 77479 (281) 980-0500

St. Laurence Catholic School (SLCS) serves students in PreK-8th grade and is conveniently located in the heart of Sugar Land. Twice recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of excellence, SLCS provides a well-rounded education based on strong academics, development of social skills and a commitment to community service. Meeting the needs of the whole child is a top priority and students are provided opportunities to excel in the fine arts, sports, Spanish, STREAM education and enrichment with resources available to meet the needs of diverse learners. SLCS is part of a long his-

tory of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Founded as a parish school in 1992, SLCS has grown to be one the largest PreK-8th-grade schools in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Religion is embedded throughout the curriculum with a focus on the basic principles of the Catholic faith. Students are taught to be moral Christians and to serve others by focusing on character and spiritual development. They are encouraged to be lifelong learners in a challenging academic atmosphere that places an emphasis on leadership and analytical skills. SLCS students are involved in National Junior/Elementary Honor Society, Duke TIP, Spanish Honor Society, Student Council, and the Leo Service Club. If you are seeking a well-rounded education with a proven track record, we invite you to come to take a tour and learn more about what SLCS has to offer.

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The Bible Seminary Adults

2655 S. Mason Road Katy, TX 77450 (281) 646-1109

Founded in 2008, The Bible Seminary strives to provide adults with a learning environment and support services that enable students to pursue a Christian education while learning how to lead a Christ-like life. Programs at TLS include Bible Certificate, Licensed Professional, Dual Degree Completion, Master of Arts and Master of Divinity. TLS exists to glory God by training Christian believers in a context of biblical community in all 66 books in the Bible, so that they can serve the local church and fulfill the Great Commission by the power of God’s Spirit. At TLS, a journey of theological education glorifies the Lord, is rooted in His Word, and nurtures an intimate, faithful and trusting

relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. TLS helps students cultivate a contextual and increasingly profound understanding of God, creation and the intangible. Students will graduate equipped with relevant experiences, knowledge, relationships, training and tools for a lifetime of ministry leadership. Students at TLS learn to incorporate the seven core values - the Lordship of Christ, the Bible as the fully true Word Of God, Prayer, Unreached Peoples, the Local Church, Community and Compassion. Pursue new spiritual heights at TLS today!

The Learning Center 6 weeks – 5 years old

3700 South Mason Road Katy, TX 77450 (281) 392-2273

The Learning Center, a ministry of Living Word Lutheran Church, enrolls children from 6-weeks-old

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through 5-years-old. TLC seeks to provide a safe place where children are nurtured and shown God’s love. TLC is committed to offering the best possible preschool program and to instilling in children a strong Christian faith and communityoriented values. TLC offers a developmentally appropriate program focusing on growth of the whole child: physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually. TLC encourages students to learn through experience. Kids will learn about the feelings, ideas and needs of others and themselves, and will develop a sense of self-confidence and enjoy enriching experiences along the way. TLC provides a weekly music program with an instructor, optional sports, gymnastics and dance classes, weekly chapel and Bible curriculum, and low studentto-teacher ratios. Additionally, TLC offers summer programs and before and after-school programs. The school prides itself in fostering a strong partnership with parents in order to raise healthy, happy, well-adjusted and faith-filled children. Parents are encouraged to participate in class parties, field trips and various other bonding activities, because parental interest is fundamental to a child’s learning process. TLC hopes that you and your child choose to grow with us! Visit the website to learn more about the TLC experience.

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West Oaks Private Preschool & Grandma’s House Childcare 6 weeks – 12 years old

14840 Branch Forest Drive Houston, TX 77082 (281) 496-3105

West Oaks Private Pre-School, founded in 1984, views each child as a unique person with an individual pattern and timing for growth and development. The center creates an environment in which children can grow cognitively, physically, emotionally and socially at their own rate. Young children learn by acting upon their environment - exploring, testing, observing - and by watching others. The specific learning needs of children come first at West Oaks. At West Oaks, teachers and staff are specialists in early childhood development. The West Oaks team is passionate about working with young children, is responsive to their needs, and encourages them as they become increasingly more self-sufficient and independent. West Oaks believes in balancing its curriculum with enrichment activities which are aimed at opening a child’s artistic and creative awareness and talents. The West Oaks curriculum recognizes that children thrive in environments where they’re

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He has entrusted them to provide a faith-based education that promotes spiritual growth and academic excellence. Our teachers integrate the intangibles of faith, morals, ethics and service in the classroom as each student pursues a solid academic foundation that prepares them for today, tomorrow and eternity. The Lutheran Education Association of Houston (LEAH) has a long history of exemplary education in the Houston area with Lutheran High North and Lutheran South Academy. Westlake Academy continues that rich tradition by bringing top quality teachers and academic programs to the Katy/ Richmond area. Westlake Preparatory Academy is a fully accredited college preparatory school that serves over 220 students from Pre-K 3 – grade 8 in the Katy, Richmond and Fort Bend areas. Westlake continues to grow, adding a grade a year until it reaches 12th grade. Westlake also offers vigorous extracurricular activities, such as volleyball, soccer, and basketball. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you may have about Westlake Academy. We look forward to hearing from you!

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The Thing About Miracles By Dr. Rebecca Deurlein The thing about bad news is that you rarely see it coming. Life is moving along, you’re caught up in the minutiae, and BAM! Tragedy strikes. When that happens, many grab ahold of their strength, or their family and friends, or modern science, and do whatever is in their ability to get through the tragedy. If you’re a Christian, you pray. If you’re a pastor, you pray, all the while hoping that you are a living testimony to the power of prayer. Pastor Hernan Castaño of Rios De Aceite church had a life that was moving along nicely. He was in his sixth year of pastoring and was celebrating the construction of a new church building. It was 2006 and he was excited about his growing ministry. Then he asked God what was next. He specifically asked God to provide miracles within the church. Six months later, God provided a new spiritual journey for Castaño

that would test his faith and eventually provide just such a miracle. It began when Castaño went to the doctor for what he believed was a sinus infection causing congestion just below his left eye. His doctor diagnosed a sinus issue and told him he should feel better in a few days. A week later, he felt worse. He consulted his sister, a nurse, who encouraged him to visit an asthma specialist. That doctor was concerned about a possible blockage and sent him to a specialist at West Houston Medical Center. The results confirmed the blockage and a biopsy was immediately performed. The diagnosis: Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. From there, it was a whirlwind of fullbody testing for further affected areas, and visits with doctors at MD Anderson. The Continued on page 66

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news got worse. Castaño was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer, Stage 4, below his eye and on his forehead. He was alone when he received the news. “You would think I would have immediately called my family when I got the diagnosis,” Castaño explained, “but I didn’t. Instead, I went directly to the church, right up to the altar, and I cried. I surrendered my heart to God. The doctor had told me there was a chance I would lose all my teeth and my ability to speak. I told God, ‘If you want me to continue speaking, my mouth is yours.’” His treatment was to begin immediately, but Castaño asked for three weeks to fulfill his preaching obligations on Channel 21’s Vision Celestial. In doing so, he was reminded of what he had preached all his life: If he had to go through the fire, he would give God the glory. With that peace of mind, he announced his diagnosis to his church and asked them to pray with him. He stressed to his congregants that

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while it was okay to be shocked and sad, as he had been, he did not want any sadness or worry to overcome them. “Here is where we actually prove whether we really believe in God in times of trouble,” he told church members. “I’m asking for prayer, but I’m asking for normalcy in doing God’s work. Don’t let this bring a negative spirit or doubts into your mind.” The church members heeded his message and offered support and ongoing prayer as Castaño began his first cycle of treatments. To his church, the only obvious change was his loss of hair. Castaño was determined to not quit. During the course of his treatments, he didn’t miss a single service. He preached four services a week, relying on the strength of God to get him through. After just 9 weeks of treatment and only a third of the way through his plan, he was

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From Swarming Bees to Spreading the Gospel By Caitlin Richards Psalm 118 became a meaningful verse for Vern and Mary Roberts on Thursday, September 12, 2018. It was a normal day of yard work for the Roberts. Mary was removing poison ivy from their backyard and Vern started mowing their grass. “They came out of nowhere,” Vern said. “We had been on vacation so the grass was taller than usual. I made three passes and then all of the sudden I felt something hitting my head.” Vern realized the thumps on his head were in fact Africanized Honey Bees swarming him. In an instant, he was in the middle of a cloud of bees. The bees engulfed him and Vern fell to the ground several times while trying to get help. “At one point, I laid down to die,” Vern said. “They had completely overcome me. I lay down and thought this is my last moment. This is where I am going to die. I started thinking

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about all of the things I had promised I was going to do and missions I committed to. I decided somebody else would have to take my place in those things because this was my last day.” During that moment though, Vern said a voice in his whole body spoke to him saying, ‘you can’t let her (Mary) find you here.’ He then got up and started fighting again. He remembered thinking he wasn’t going to die anymore even though just a few moments before he thought his life was over.

to be treated. Once in the emergency room, four nurses worked to pull the stingers from Vern’s body. They said they pulled out 600 stingers, which took about an hour and a half. They estimated another 100 stingers came out when they removed Vern’s jeans. Vern was treated in the intensive care unit for three days before being sent home. Psalm 118 speaks of thanksgiving for victory. The Psalm vividly comes to life for the Roberts in verses 12-14 when it states “they surrounded me likes bees,” and “they pushed me hard to make me fall, but the Lord helped me.” Since their incident with the bees, the Roberts have endured hardship while they heal physically and mentally. However, their faith has helped them get through and they still consider themselves victorious despite their hardship. “It is amazing how you can feel when thousands of people are praying for you at the same time,” Vern said. “There were hundreds of thousands of people praying for me by name.” From their church to the ministries they serve, the Roberts were lifted up in prayer and have been loved with acts of kindness like Continued on page 70

Vern finally got to where Mary was and tried to communicate to her to get the water hose. She could barley understand Vern because he had bees in his mouth and down his throat. Mary recalled thinking he looked like a man who was dying with a sweater of bees covering his body. After a failed attempt to deter the bees with the water hose, Mary ran inside the house to call 911. She then came back out to help Vern into the house to prevent even more bees from swarming him. Thankfully, Mary was only stung 42 times while trying to help Vern. However, Mary still had a terrible reaction because she is allergic.

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their bee incident though. They have been active in numerous ministries. However, the ministry they have been most active with recently is the Kairos Prison Ministry. Their bee incident and message of God rescues has been especially meaningful for them to share with the inmates at the Huntsville Correctional Prison Unit. “None of this is about us,” Mary said. “It is not for our own glory. It is only for God. It is always about God’s glory. He wants us to only brag on Him. Only God is good.” To help Mary and Vern during this trying time, visit Mary and Vern also operate a small business Katy Kitchen and Bath. They would love to visit with you about how they can help you get the most out of your home. Contact Mary at marykatykitchen@ for more information.

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