Friends Journal

Friends Summit 2018 Blog, Part 2

This is a continuation of an earlier post. Click here to see those earlier blog posts and a short description of Friends Summit. Molly Black: Summit was a week packed full of conversations. One of my passions is getting to talk to future missionaries. So, it was such an honor for me to walk alongside several young ladies as they discern next steps in their journey. I also had some really encouraging talks with young adults from Friendswood. I was challenged…

FRIENDS 2018 SUMMIT BLOG

Check out some of these student testimonies from our church’s recent trip to “Friends Summit.” Summit is a national Friends Church young adult gathering hosted in various locations every four years with the theme, “Kingdom. Mission. Passion.” Summit’s hope is that everyone would have “conversations that could change our lives” while at Summit. I think several of our Friendswood Friends team members had those very conversations! Keep reading to hear from several team members about what God did in and…

Camp Blog 2018

Camp Quaker Haven 2018 is in the books! As always, God used the ordinary, yet beautiful, campgrounds in Ark City, KS to bless our students and form them in important ways. Camp requires many, many hours of work and a whole lot of energy to happen, but it’s always 100% worth it. How do we know this? By hearing from our students about how God challenged, inspired, equipped, encouraged and pursued them. This blog post has the unique perspectives of…

“Spring Invasion” Mission Trip Testimony by Kristin Baker

A group of twenty-eight high school students and adult leaders from Friendswood Friends Church recently spent spring break in Agujita, Mexico, partnering in ministry with the Friends Church there.  Here is a reflection on that experience written by Kristin Baker, a senior at Clear Springs High School.  Spring Invasion is a trip that high school students participate in through Mid-America Yearly Meeting. This year our team stayed in Agujita, Mexico while working with the Friends Church there.  While we were…

“Spring Invasion” Mission Trip Testimony by Camryn Bish

A group of twenty-eight high school students and adult leaders from Friendswood Friends Church recently spent spring break in Agujita, Mexico, partnering in ministry with the Friends Church there.  Here is a reflection on that experience written by Camryn Bish, a senior at Friendswood High School. Spring Invasion Testimony Spring Invasion is a mission trip that Mid-America Evangelical Friends Church participates in. My team stayed in Agujita, Coahuila, Mexico. The town welcomed us with open arms and were so excited…

Breanna Thomas’ Poems

Breanna Thomas is an “MK” (missionary kid) who first visited Friendswood Friends Church as a tiny baby when she and her parents, David and Debby Thomas, were preparing to head to the mission field. She grew up in Rwanda and is now a sophomore at George Fox College. The following poems, shared with Breanna’s permission, are her reflections on being multi-cultural in a mono-cultural world, and a poignant good-bye to Rwanda written as she left to begin her college studies.…

Language of Hope

Reprinted with permission from Salim J. Munayer. Dr. Munayer is the Director of Musalaha, which is a Christian ministry of reconciliation in Jerusalem. As a staff we have been reflecting on the current war in Gaza and the reactions of those in our communities, some who have been involved in reconciliation and some who have not. The last cycle of violence has affected our societies; some feel betrayed, some are depressed, and others feel their principles have been compromised. Some are…

MS letter from Stuart Brooks

Dear Friends, I’ve been wanting to write to you for some time to tell you about what’s going on with me, but I haven’t been in a good enough place to do it. In May of 2013, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  My symptoms were that my right hand started to go numb.  Since it was the end of my second semester of class work towards a PhD in English at UH, I attributed it to stress.  I had…

My Story

Everyone has a story about why they attend a certain church.  Some stories are simple.   Our story…well…it is simply not-so-simple.  But, I wouldn’t change a thing. My story starts out quite simple actually.  My husband and I were married in 2007.     Not long after we married, we started our quest to find a home for our family.  We made several moves all around the suburbs of Houston searching for the “perfect spot”.  There are so many factors that play into…

Being Sustained by God and His People

Missions seems to run in my family.  I feel that I can relate to how Luke Skywalker must have felt about the force… my parents have it, my sisters have it, my church has it.  For as long as I can remember, I have been surrounded by people who take time to love their neighbors, both near and far.   Through my family and Friendswood Friends church, I have had the opportunity to take part in many acts of service and…
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