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Our New Year Spotlight shines on San Antonio Region Justice For Our Neighbors (SARJFON), which provides quality, affordable legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers, and its 2019 collaboration with Texas Impact, which advocates for freedom, justice, and economic opportunity for all people, consistent with the values of mainstream faith communities.
Shannon Hopkins, Matryoshka Haus Creative Director
As we begin 2020, TMF shines a light on a story of faith and innovative ministry, Matryoshka Haus. In 2019, TMF Grants provided a grant to this UK-based ministry that is expanding its mission in the United States and working with UMC conferences and congregations.
by Tom Locke, TMF President
The anniversary of the death of John Lennon just passed. As you recall, Lennon was killed by a deeply troubled young man with a gun on the streets of New York, December 8, 1980 (nearly 40 years ago . . . hard to believe).
Matt Russell, Executive Director, Iconoclast Artists
We’re turning our Christmas Season Spotlight on Houston to highlight Iconoclast Artists, a free arts program in Houston and Galveston, Texas, that gives young creative minds from disadvantaged situations a chance to speak out through written, visual and performance art.
Corazon Ministries Board President Kristen Salazar
Our Christmas Season Spotlight is shining a light on the life-changing work of faith-based organizations in Texas, New Mexico and beyond. Our TMF Grants Ministries team led by Jacki Lammert is proud to have had opportunities to support the work of these ministries in 2019. These leaders and organizations are meeting needs of all sizes in their communities.
Joy Horak-Brown, President and CEO, New Hope Housing
2019 gave TMF Grants Ministries opportunities to witness many milestones in the life-changing work of faith-based organizations in Texas, New Mexico and beyond. This Christmas season, we want to share the success and perspectives from leaders whose organizations are excelling at meeting needs of all sizes in their communities.
Cheryl Westbrook, TMF Loan Officer, Longview Office
TMF Loan Officer Cheryl Westbrook is a self-proclaimed people person who is passionate about helping others. She was a loan officer at Heartspring Methodist Foundation for seven years before it formally merged with TMF in January 2019.
This week Rev. Arturo "Artie" Cardar reflects on how his experience with many different cultures that share a common language prepared him to lead and support Hispanic ministries in "building bridges."
by Gladys Ochoa, L3 Incubator Facilitator, Northwest Texas Conference
This week TMF is honored to have Gladys Ochoa share her multicultural heritage story with us. As facilitator of the L3 Incubators for the Northwest Texas Conference, Gladys accompanies her husband, Rev. Dr. Jorge Ochoa, in the training of pastors and church leaders in his role of director of the Hispanic / Latino Movement and Church Development.
by Tom Stanton, TMF General Counsel and Area Representative for the Rio Texas Conference
In the midst of a humanitarian crisis at the Southern Border, many church and outreach ministries engaged in border ministries have found it difficult to move “to the balcony” to align purpose and hoped-for outcomes with their programs and activities. These groups have been deeply involved in the work of welcoming, clothing, feeding, and resourcing these sojourners to our country with scant remaining time for reflection and naming long-term—God-inspired—outcomes.