Sunday afternoon a text went out to all of our Houston missionaries and many of our friends saying a group was going to drive to Wimberley, TX early Monday morning to help in the clean up after heavy rainfall rose the Blanco River 40 feet over night. Tons of people dropped off a truck load of supplies that night and Monday morning we caravanned out west. By noon, we were emptying mud and drenched furniture out of a man named Alex’s house that had six feet of water in it just the day before. Everything was lost.After a scary ride back to Houston through tornado warnings and downpours, I finally got in my bed around 11pm thanking God that I had a house to come home to and for all the people who dropped everything to help their neighbors in need. At 1 am, I woke up to some more scary weather and thought I’d check to see if our street was flooding. Just a few minutes later, water started pouring into the #adorehouse. By 4 am, 4 of us were stranded on the couches praying a rosary that the water wouldn’t rise above the 8 inches it already had and reach the electrical outlets.Once the sun came up, there weren’t 30 minutes that went by when I wasn’t receiving a phone call, text, or message with offers to help in anyway. It was freely given without ask by a widespread community of people who love well especially when it’s not convenient. Today, I could not be more grateful for the 30+ people who donated supplies, took off work, and spent 8 hours cleaning out our house and relocating all of our belongings. This is community. This is a #lifeofjoy. We aren’t sure what’s next, but we do know the Lord is good. With a full and grateful heart, @emilymaps.PS: If you'd like to help in the relief across Texas, you can donate at adoreministries.com/support and designate your gift to "Texas Flood Relief"

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adminSunday afternoon a text went out to all of our Houston missionaries and many of our friends saying a group was going to drive to Wimberley, TX early Monday morning to help in the clean up after heavy rainfall rose the Blanco River 40 feet over night. Tons of people dropped off a truck load of supplies that night and Monday morning we caravanned out west. By noon, we were emptying mud and drenched furniture out of a man named Alex’s house that had six feet of water in it just the day before. Everything was lost.After a scary ride back to Houston through tornado warnings and downpours, I finally got in my bed around 11pm thanking God that I had a house to come home to and for all the people who dropped everything to help their neighbors in need. At 1 am, I woke up to some more scary weather and thought I’d check to see if our street was flooding. Just a few minutes later, water started pouring into the #adorehouse. By 4 am, 4 of us were stranded on the couches praying a rosary that the water wouldn’t rise above the 8 inches it already had and reach the electrical outlets.Once the sun came up, there weren’t 30 minutes that went by when I wasn’t receiving a phone call, text, or message with offers to help in anyway. It was freely given without ask by a widespread community of people who love well especially when it’s not convenient. Today, I could not be more grateful for the 30+ people who donated supplies, took off work, and spent 8 hours cleaning out our house and relocating all of our belongings. This is community. This is a #lifeofjoy. We aren’t sure what’s next, but we do know the Lord is good. With a full and grateful heart, @emilymaps.PS: If you'd like to help in the relief across Texas, you can donate at adoreministries.com/support and designate your gift to "Texas Flood Relief"

Resurrection Catholic School 8th graders took a dunk in the water fountain this afternoon. And the first one to throw shoes off and jump in was Fr. Chris! Thanking the Lord for awesome shepherds of the flock. These kids have a memory to treasure forever. And they will be greatly missed next year. #lifeofjoy

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adminResurrection Catholic School 8th graders took a dunk in the water fountain this afternoon. And the first one to throw shoes off and jump in was Fr. Chris! Thanking the Lord for awesome shepherds of the flock. These kids have a memory to treasure forever. And they will be greatly missed next year. #lifeofjoy

Meet the interns!

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  Meet @libby_welsh, intern by day, barista by night. She is spending this summer interning for our missionaries in Portsmouth, @baumlife and @baumwife.  What characterizes Libby?  A clever and sometimes dry sense of humor.  An adventurous nature.  An affinity for baking.  Someone who recognizes that living for Jesus is the #lifeofjoy.  Follow her and see her adventures this summer!

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#lifeofjoy – Shane Jones

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  I’ve enjoyed so much getting to share my #lifeofjoy with y’all this week! Feel free to follow me on my personal account @rshanejones I would love to get to meet you all over there! For my last post I wanted to introduce you all to my nephew Gabriel. You can call him Gabe if you’d like! I really think … Read More

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#lifeofjoy – Shane Jones

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  How could I go this week without talking about this girl? She’s pretty amazing to say the least. She puts up with my crazy behavior all the time even though I know sometimes I annoy her. But more than that she’s shown me how to love selflessly too. Yesterday we got to celebrate 1 year of dating, even though … Read More

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#lifeofjoy – Shane Jones

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  Sometimes a #lifeofjoy is found in the midst of stress and the business of life. As a student missionary, I’m still responsible for my school work. Tonight I am staying up as late as needed to study for my first final exam that’s tomorrow morning at 8am. I’ve got my pen, paper, and coffee ready. #lifeofjoy Prayers welcomed!

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#lifeofjoy – Shane Jones

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  God provides y’all. I came to the Astros game tonight and as we were standing in line to buy tickets, this guy came up to us and gave us tickets for free! On top of that it’s also dollar hot dog night. This definitely works for the missionary budget #lifeofjoy Don’t ask who I’m rooting for tonight though….

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#lifeofjoy – Shane Jones

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  I want to introduce y’all to @tjdeguia and @thepower_plant! These two dudes are pretty awesome. It’s been so cool to see both of them grow not only as men, but as believers as well. Everyday I get to see them show love and zeal for the Lord and continue to live it out more and more with the way … Read More

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#lifeofjoy – Shane Jones

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  Sometimes it’s good to sit back and share some good ole belly laughs with friends! This is some of our friends that have been hanging out at our bible studies and family dinners this year. We got to kick back and share some of those laughs today and take a break from our stressful studies for finals and go … Read More

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