Three years ago, God called us out of a full-time ministry position at a local church to pursue ministry “out of the box” and specifically on the East side of Amarillo. God opened up a door for me to work at Caprock High School, the only high school on the east side of Amarillo. We also began a partnership with Mission Amarillo, which works in low-income housing communities to help them with both physical and spiritual needs. We began 3 summers ago by praying through the neighborhood just west of Caprock, known as the Barrio.

For the last 2.5 years, we have participated in the Back to School Outreach and the Christmas Outreach, as well as an Easter party last year for the kids and residents of Glenwood Apartments (a low-income apartment community) located on the East side of the Barrio.

Last week, we began a new phase of ministry. We have established prayer and outreach teams to go into Glenwood Apartments and begin follow up visits from the Christmas outreach in December. Our goal is to meet any needs we can, pray with people, and begin to share the Gospel with the people there. The prayer team would focus on lifting the outreach team up in prayer, as well as those we are trying to reach. Last Sunday, the outreach team began knocking on doors and were able to meet with several people and families.

It was an incredible time and we were blessed by the families and people we got to visit with. Please keep us in prayer as we continue to visit with these families and continue to pray for and meet needs as we are able. (If you are interested in helping us meet any needs, please contact me. At this point, all we need is prayer support, but I’m sure we will encounter other things as we get to know these families.)

Over the last two weeks, I have also connected with a couple of students at Caprock whose families are in the midst of some hard situations. One young man, Paul, recently lost his mother to cancer (in December) and had already lost his dad 3 years ago to a heart attack. He is staying with a friend, Tony, and Tony’s grandpa because it is closer to school. We’ve been able to provide him with some basic school supplies and shoes, but I can’t imagine his situation. I also found out that Tony’s familly is struggling. His grandmother just passed away last month and lives with his grandfather and Paul also is living with them. Tony had to miss school 2 weeks ago in order to work so that they could pay their mortgage, leaving their other bills unpaid.

I am unsure how to help this family, so please pray with me that somehow we can help them and be able to shine the light of Jesus into their lives as well as meet some of their immediate needs (such as bills).

http://www.missionamarillo.org/prayer-for-residents-of-glenwood

http://texasbaptists.org/2012/02/firepit-stories/

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