Week 7 – Conroe, TX
Week 7 of our Clear summer consisted of our team heading down to Conroe, TX to work with a church called Under Over Fellowship. The church, less than two years old, is pastored by Jerry Vineyard. Due to a passion to serve the homeless community in Conroe, their vision is to be a literal “come as you are” church family.
What’s really amazing, is that Under Over genuinely wants to help people get back on their feet. Vineyard and his team take a few people at a time, teach them how to restore old furniture in their shop Under Over Mission, and then sell it in the store called All Things New. After time, the guys working in the shop make enough money selling furniture to have a secure sustainable income.
This week we also had the chance to visit the Conroe House of Prayer, or CHOP as it’s commonly referred to. This is a ministry that opens its doors for the homeless community every weekday from about 5:00 to 9:00am. Food is provided along with daily worship and preaching.
While at the CHOP on Monday, we were able to further connect with many of the same people we had met at Under Over Fellowship on Sunday. Through the week many of the team had the opportunity to listen to stories and pray with many of the people. We even had one guy tell us that he would give God another try after hearing one of our team members talk about the week. What’s amazing is that God was showing His vast love for people through every individual on our team.
I really think that was one of the big things God wanted to show me this summer, what His love really looks like. I spent the whole week in 1 Corinthians 13, which most of you know as the Love chapter. I really think that being in the middle of a bunch of people I’ve never cared about before, and spending time in this chapter, God expedited my learning of the subject. I’m no expert on God’s love yet, but I have a better understanding. I would encourage you to go read 1 Corinthians 13 and take some time to understand what love is, and what love is not. I believe this will help you get a better understand of God’s love for people.
So anyway, back to Conroe. There is so much more I could tell you about our week in Conroe. We put on a VBS for a parent center located in an old school and saw three or four kids come to know Jesus as their savior. We walked around in some sketchy neighborhoods with known drug houses passing out flyers and making connections for Under Over Fellowship. We had the opportunity to lead a Wednesday night service where many of our team had a part through music, preaching, testimony, dance, or serving. But through all of what we did, God’s love was shown and that’s the only thing that really mattered.
Thanks for reading!