Texas Reach Out
i’m overjoyed to present the very first post of our “pray for the world” series. through these posts i will monthly publish a ministry/missionary etc. for which we can pray. have any suggestions? comment them below!
when i was thinking about which ministry to post first, a friend suggested that we begin right here in the “land of the free”. it later occurred to me how important it is to pray for our own country and especially pray for those who are dedicating their lives to evangelize our lost nation.
that’s when i came across texas reach out. it’s a ministry based out of texas dedicated to leading homeless folks, alcoholics, and prisoners alike to the Lord. what makes this story interesting is the founder, david peña, was not too far off from being classified as an extreme alcoholic about twenty years ago. in his prison cell, he came to know the Lord. learn more here. it encourages me how someone who was so deep in sin would devote himself to leading others out of that pit and into the Lord.
texas reach out aids men and women who are destined for destruction in getting on their feet and into the Word of God through Bible studies and character development classes.
here is a portion from their website:
“Founded by David and Margie Peña in 2000, Texas Reach Out Ministries is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization specializing in transitional housing for those released from prison and those who are homeless as a result of unsuccessful integration into society after an extended prison stay. Reach Out Ministries serves only those men and women who have made a serious commitment to change their life course and a conscious decision for Christ. Residents apply for housing through a written application process, and many are referred by prison chaplains, pastors, and lay ministers. Each house becomes home to six or seven residents.”
while so many missionaries are heading out to foreign countries, it’s inspiring to see people doing the same work in their native land. please pray for this couple and each person that they reach out to in their ministry over this next month. also remember that we are a “missionary’ wherever we go and reflect our faith in our actions. let’s focus together on praying for our own crumbling nation that was once founded on Christianity. please follow up with this ministry by reading their website. it’s often easier to remember someone in prayer if we think of them and their needs throughout the day.
“Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.”