I have been blessed to be involved with Lighthouse since the beginning-my parents founded it way back in 1997! Seeing the growth of LCM and the lives this ministry has impacted has been such an incredible experience, and an amazingly faith affirming for me as well. There are no words to express my gratitude for this ministry, or my gratitude for every single person involved. LCM has been the most humbling, awe inspiring, faith affirming experience in my life. If you are in need, or are looking for a ministry to get involved with, this in an amazing place filled with genuine people!
2008 was a crazy and difficult year for me. Half the time I was living with my drug and alcohol addicted husband and the other half I, along with my 2 year old daughter, were living by the mercies of others. We were sleeping on people's couches or in extra bedrooms because my husband lost another job and we couldn't pay rent or he had run off and abandoned us, yet again, for months at a time. It took every ounce of strength I had to stand tall, be responsible and be the best mother I could be for my little girl. Then, after some routine tests, my doctor found several tumors, cysts and even a malignant nodule on my ovaries. I needed to have surgery or I wasn't going to make it. My spirit was broken. Every time I looked at my sweet little girl I wondered what in the world would happen to her if I died. My emotions were out of control and I could hardly hold myself together from one moment to another. One day after serving in Galveston I went by the Lighthouse to drop off some things. My friend, Carla, one of the volunteers at Lighthouse, saw me and asked me how I was doing. I fell apart as I told her a few of the details. She wrangled some of the other volunteers together. Everyone just stopped what they were doing and brought me upstairs where they put their arms around me and prayed over me. Some of them I had never even met before that day but they stopped everything they had going on to show me the love of the Holy Spirit. They must have prayed over me for over 20 minutes and when they were done my spirit was lifted and new friendships were forged. I knew that I was not alone and that I could do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
That was almost 7 years ago now. I am cancer free and married to an amazing man, going on two years!! My new husband was granted a scholarship in the bachelor program at U of H, through Lighthouse Christian Ministries. Lighthouse has blessed me and my family so much through the years; through prayer, through work, through service, through the scholarship program and they even helped pay for me to get my surgery! I live in Bacliff and I can tell you first hand that Lighthouse is a shining light and a beautiful reflection of God's love in my community. Thank you LCM!!!
I've been interested in the work of Lighthouse Christian Ministries for almost 10 years.
The first of those years, I was simply an amazed pedestrian, marveling at the work that they did and the effect that they had on the Bacliff community.
But the Lighthouse has a way of drawing you in. If you get too close, there's a gravitational pull to get you involved, to share in the many ministries that they offer.
Six years ago, I began to give my time and financial resources wherever I was needed. With my counseling background, I've been able to serve in both the benevolence and scholarship programs and it has enriched my life more than I could have ever imagined.
The administration of the services rendered is first-rate. The attention to detail and the commitment to transparent stewardship of their resources is impeccable.
It's hard to find an organization that commits 100% of donations back into the community.
If you want to make a measurable impact on people in need, look no further than Lighthouse Christian Ministries. They are doing great work, changing lives in the Bay Area every day.
My primary association with Lighthouse Christian Ministries is through the scholarship program. While the program does offer financial assistance, once accepted into the program students receive so much more than just financial aid. Every student is assigned a mentor who meets with the student regularly, providing encouragement and prayer support, in addition to guiding them through the many ups and downs that come with navigating the Texas higher education system. It is common for students and mentors to regularly work together on issues of budgeting, childcare, transportation and spiritual health, all issues that effect the students ability to stay on track with their planned course of study. Additionally, all mentors meet regularly together to discuss how their students are doing, supporting each other in learning the best ways to resolve issues with the Federal Pell Grant system, FAFSA, and the various courses of study offered by the universities and community colleges in the area.
I love how they do not just give handouts. They try to give the neighbors in need a life skill, whether it is schooling or training or something else. LCM wants their neighbors in need to get a sense of accomplishment and LCM wants to help them help themselves. This is the kind of attitude that will help this world, not just giving free handouts. And best of all, LCM does all this while focusing on Christ and showing their neighbors in need that He is truly the only one that can rescue them.
As a volunteer, I have been able to view first hand just a few of the services that Lighthouse offers the local community. One service they offer is the free medical clinic, where twice a month I serve along side nurses and doctors who truly are gifts from God. Lighthouse Medical Clinic fills the gap left between "free medical insurance" and "affordable health insurance", and sees men, women and children from all over Galveston County and beyond. Patients are seen for everything from the common cold to recovery from major health issues and the volunteers truly do show the love of God to each and every one of them. Thank you Lord for Lighthouse Christian Ministries and all it's staff and hundreds of volunteers, you truly are the guiding light to those who are lost during a dark time in their life...
As one of the local pastors in the area, we look to Lighthouse to make up the difference with services to the community we cannot provide at Bayview Christian Center. They are an awesome group of folks who truly care about the needs of the local community and we are proud to partner with them in ministry. Another great benefit of Lighthouse Christian Ministries is if we have someone who wants to volunteer outside the church setting; they always have something going on needing help.