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BUILDING NEIGHBORS IN ACTION Committed to helping the families grow spiritually, physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

God is about to do a new thing through our collaboration Dear NIA friends, supporters, volunteers, and prayer partners: What a humbling moment it is to celebrate with you today! When we started looking into building a new community center in 2015, we had no idea how long it would take us to get to today, and how many hurdles we would face: Harvey, COVID-19, supply shortages, to name just a few. But we were also reminded of God’s presence with us every step of the way — from the formation of the capital committee, the input from the community, selection of the architect and the contractor, the design itself, resolution of numerous major concerns along the way, and His providence of safety on the job. We know that all these steps were overseen by a God who cares about and who loves this neighborhood. What we truly celebrate is not this building, however, but how it will serve as a center and even a home, to offer the support and love that Port Houston needs. I want to thank you for sharing in our exciting mission and investing yourself in this work to which God has called us together. More than just providing or receiving donations, we are drawn together by God, who is about to do a new thing through our collaboration. He has brought you and me together, and our fruitfulness for this new community center depends on staying connected with Him and with each other. No matter the size of your donation, your generosity will grow into something far beyond what we could ever imagine or ask for. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for our new building, and how we can all work together to be one big Neighbors in Action family. Blessings,

Kathrin Meier Executive Director

In Haiti there is a proverb, “Dèyè mòn gen mòn,” meaning, “beyond mountains there are mountains.” Tracy Kidder used the translation in the title of his biography of Dr. Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health. Kidder says this about the phrase: “Haitians use the phrase in two different ways: to say that there’s no end to obstacles, and also to say that there’s no end to opportunities.” Seven years ago, the leadership of Neighbors in Action created and shared a vision for a new Community Center in Port Houston. At times it seemed there was no end to the obstacles for the project – we were reminded again and again of the lessons of God’s timing and how little in life we actually control, be it the economy, weather, public health, or just about anything else you can think of related to a construction project. We were also reminded of the interconnectedness of our stakeholders in this project: donors of all amounts; NIA staff and volunteers; architects, engineers, and builders; and finally, the people of Port Houston, who have joined NIA in this project and woven us into the fabric of their community. We hope that God is pleased with the unity this project has created, made possible only by our love for one another. The obstacles have made the taste of the new Center even sweeter, and now we are ready to embrace the opportunities without end. Our staff, volunteers, and the people we serve in Port Houston enter this new facility with the enthusiasm of children at play: full of trust and hope in the future, with great anticipation to see what God has in store for us. Please join us in this celebration in a spirit of thanksgiving as we praise God from whom all blessings flow! Peace be with you,,

Don Macune NIA Volunteer & Capital Campaign Chair

My name is Maribel Rodriguez. My family and I are from Honduras but came to Houston several years ago. I have two boys. Jeff is 17 years old, and Steven is 11. My husband and I were police officers fighting against gang violence, and we had to flee due to many death threats. My husband has been suffering from severe mental illness after being detained in a Texas immigration detention center for ten months. When I first arrived at Neighbors in Action, I was scared and very worried about him and our future. But NIA helped me with a deposit so I could rent an apartment, and I started getting involved in the women’s Bible study. I also enrolled my children in our many faith-based children’s programs. What does NIA mean to us? It means unity, sharing, love, patience, peace, joy, which I can see in each and every leader and volunteer at NIA. I see in their hearts a total surrender, and passion for our children and families. NIA has brought personal, emotional, and most importantly, spiritual changes to our family. Jeff is now a very mature adolescent with a noble heart. He has participated in many activities at NIA and loves God. He has been a testimony for other youths. Steven participates a lot in the weekly children’s programs. I take them to NIA because there they learn about love and share it with others. This incredible organization has provided so much help. Most of us here in Port Houston are immigrants, and many do not look for help in other places because of fear or lack of transportation. That is why we give thanks to God and to you all for providing this organization in our community. I am currently a volunteer leader for the NIA women’s ministry, and I am a part of the NIA Board of Directors. I love being involved and give thanks to God for bringing NIA to this community. Because of you, many families, including mine, have benefited in many ways, and many more will be blessed in this new building that YOU have built with your generosity. Thank you so much, and God bless you all! Peace be with you, Maribel Rodriguez NIA Parent, Volunteer, and Board Member

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN DONORS (as of October 1, 2021) $150,000+ First Methodist Houston Rex and Marillyn King Family Foundation

National Christian Foundation Scott Neal Philip & Tamir Pena Ron Sledge

$100,000 - $149,999

$5,000 - $9,999

Elkins Foundation J.E. And L.E. Mabee Foundation Ben & Jennifer McClure

$75,000 - $99,999 Russell & Christie Harrison

$50,000 - $74,999 Anheuser-Busch Foundation Cullen Foundation Palletized Trucking Inc. Silver Eagle Distributors Charitable Fund Student Aid Foundation Enterprises

$25,000 - $49,999 Joan P Capps Foundation John and Terri Gugenheim Kurt & Marlene Nondorf Permanent Endowment Fund of Moody Memorial UMC

$10,000 - $24,999 Caring Forever Foundation of Memorial Drive UMC Houston Endowment Aaron & Bonnie Jones Abdul Kargbo & Kathrin Meier Don & Mary Julia Macune Bill & Carol Marshall

Laura Griffenberg Sally Hrebenar Terry Marriot Larry & Kay Medford Ward & Iris Ann Schmidt Gainsborough Waste Steve & Karen Wende

$2,500 - $4,999 Bill & Pattie Allen Ray Garcia Milton Hanks Kristen and Dan Jones LLL Lonestar Grease John & Sandra Stevens Eric Viehman & Nancy Jenkins Nicole Wyman $1,000 - $2,499 Catherine Airola Donald Ast Jack Aulick Bible Discovery Class Patel Bishale Christ the Servant Lutheran Church Daniel and Mary Coombs Vera Dunlop Aleykutty George Christopher George Paul Grossbard Paula Jackson

Stephen & Jennifer Kirk Metalab NIA parents’ Fundraiser Phil & Sharon Nathans Harry Okabayashi Alan & Evelyn Radwanski Byrom Wehner

UP TO $1,000 Jerry and Molly Abshire Barbara Baetz Pat Bonner David Brooks Cindy Brown Alaine Butz John Caldwell Ellen Castillo Mariana Castillo Clayton and Cynthia Compton Lonzo Courtney Sherry Coward Grace Davis Michael Davis Ramsay Elder Mary Gerke Jesus Gonzalez Rachel Gummattira Louise Harrison Shirley Hartman Bill Henderson Leslie Herbst Myra Higginbotham Jean Hine Dale & Jan Imig Shane Kelton Michael & Luisa Kenny Howard Kidd Trevar Kigar James and Betty Krause Logos SS at First Methodist Sandra Magers Allen Margaret Jack & Terri Marsh Vivek Massy Lisa McDavid Guy Meaders

Peter Muessig Andy & Deborah Nixon Emil and Paula Niz Garrett Nondorf Diane O’Brien Rin Ou Janice and Jaydeepsinh Parmar Rachel Paulson Joe and Sandra Roberson Ellen Rodriguez Jean Ruper Peggy Scheel Michael Skelly and Ann Whitlock Brian & Gwen Syzdek Laurence Walton Charles Werrla Rebecca Werrla Jan Whitehead Arthur Williams James Windham Deanna Zhang EVENT SPONSORS

Platinum Sponsors Cavemen Cookers Jackson Walker Marek

Gold Sponsors

Claudia and Lorena Lopez Coca-Cola DJ Dragon First Methodist Houston Jim Adler and Associates La Caprichosa Lakewood United Methodist Church Metalab Paisano Labs Precinct 6 Shaddai Party Rental Sledge & Wen P. C. Strawbridge United Methodist Church Tank Services Incorporated

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED 1. Consider volunteering with one of our programs: • • • • • •

Children’s Bible Study Mondays – Wednesdays at 6 p.m. High School Bible Study on Thursdays at 6 p.m. Middle School Bible Study on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. Tutoring on Mondays and Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. Grant writers Bilingual receptionist for new community center

2. Become a Prayer Partner. 3. Partner with us financially: • Mail a check to Neighbors in Action, 7927 Flaxman St, Houston, TX 77029 • Donate at • Text “NIA” to 73256

For more information, please visit our website at or find us on Facebook: Executive Director: Kathrin Meier,

Neighbors in Action 7927 Flaxman St Houston, TX 77029 Phone: 281 909 7570

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