adminNot a bad view for a Thursday afternoon.Today I'm leading worship for the 8th grade retreat for St. Thomas More, one of our Houston missions. It's been a full day and God's not done working. Pray for us as we dive into our last session! #lifeofjoy
adminIf you walk into the Parish Hall on a Wednesday evening you’ll probably find coke cans and bags of cheetos scattered around, a game of soccer happening in the back, and a few footballs flying through the air. Youth Group here at St. John Fisher is quite a sight. This semester we’re diving into what it means to be a disciple and how we can follow Jesus in our every day lives and actions. The way these teens love Jesus challenges me to seek the Lord’s heart in new and radical ways. It’s a constant reminder that God isn’t just doing the next thing or another thing here at SJF, He’s doing a new thing: new friendships, new couches for the youth room, new mercies, new encounters with the Father…and I love watching it unfold. #lifeofjoy
adminI’d like to introduce you to the newest Adore Women’s House which started this September. There are 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a sweet backyard patio. The three of us who live here have weekly house prayer & dinner and end most nights drinking tea together on the couch.I love this house because real life happens here. We pile into a car to buy ice cream from HEB, watch the sunsets from our front yard, and spend way too much time killing cockroaches in the living room. And then there are days where the kitchen sink gets backed up, chores don’t get done, and miscommunications happen. Community life is life to the full- the highs and the lows and it isn’t always easy. But as a good friend reminded us last night, it is always a worthy work. #lifeofjoy
adminSoccer has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Although I still play in a Sunday night co-ed adult league, I spend most of my time these days as “Coach Lauren”. This fall I’m coaching a team of 4year olds and a team of 3rd/4th graders in the youth soccer league in my neighborhood.For me, coaching is simple- I just want my players to know that they’ve got someone in their corner and that they’ve got someone cheering them on through every goal scored and every game lost. The rest of the soccer stuff will take care of itself. The joy these kiddos have is pure, authentic, and contagious- its no wonder Jesus said the Kingdom belongs to such as these.Soccer season ends next week and I’ll definitely miss spending my Tuesdays and Saturdays on the pitch. Good thing basketball season is just around the corner :) #lifeofjoy
adminWhen people find out that I’m an only child, their question is always the same: “So, how do you like that?” And since I was a small child, the answer has been the same: its the best. My parents are without a doubt my biggest supporters in mission and my role models. Not a day goes by where we don’t exchange at least one text or talk on the phone. I’m thankful for their unconditional love, wisdom, and for teaching me how to love Jesus. If you haven’t met Larry and Vickie, you’re missing out. #lifeofjoy
admin“It’s not us and them. It’s just us.”- Fr. Greg Boyle, SJThis past March, our pastor got us a basketball hoop to hang in our Parish Hall so that our teens could have a place to show off their hoops skills any day of the week. To say the least, its been a hit since day one. On Mondays I pick up these guys from school, we grab a few pizzas and then hit the court for some three-on-three or the occasional game of knockout before Bible Study. These guys not only talk a big game, but they can really ball.One of the greatest joys of being a missionary is that I simply get to do life with the teens of this neighborhood. The young people I’ve met here at SJF are passionate kids who love deeply and dream big and we’re all just in it together- searching, stumbling and learning what it means to follow Jesus.Pizza, basketball, and a little bit of trash talk. That’s my #lifeofjoy.
adminHeyyooo. My name is Lauren Koath and I’m an Adore missionary at St. John Fisher down in Richmond, TX. I was born in the Midwest, but will always claim Flower Mound, TX as home. After I graduated from Franciscan University I moved down here to H-Town where I was a youth minister on the Northwest side of the city for almost three years. I joined Adore this past January because I wanted to see what it would look like to take a radical risk for the Gospel, because I wanted God to stretch my capacity to love, and because I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. Over these past ten months as a missionary I have found all of that and more. I love good coffee, wearing flannel, and going on long runs. I’m really bad at fantasy football but I still play it anyways. Most days I’m convinced I’m the only hockey fan in Houston (Go Blackhawks!) And I’m pumped to cheer on the Cubs in the World Series this week #worththewaitsince1908. I can’t wait to share my #lifeofjoy with you over these next four days.
adminMark your calendars for our annual fundraiser, Adorefest! Proceeds from this dinner and auction will allow Adore Ministries to continue in 2017 what the Lord started back in 2004. Will you prayerfully consider sponsoring a table this year? More info at adorefest.com!