Help

We live in a society and culture that is plagued by many struggles, individually and corporately. There are just as many answers and responses to these struggles as there are philosophies in life. However, as Christians, we are called to seek Christ first in all things, especially in the struggles we face in our daily lives. This 4-week series will dive into abuse, addiction, and suicide, and the struggle the individual, and their family or friends, might be experiencing, as well as the redemption and restoration Jesus can bring into any situation. Through this series, we will also provide professional advice from experts in our community that have been trained and prepared to appropriately address these in personal and community life. Each week will not be the end-all/be-all of the conversation, but a starting point, and for some, a healing point for this struggle in their life.

Sunday, July 14 - we will be talking about struggles surrounding Abuse. We will be be joined by Sharon Bayus, founder, President and CEO of, Innovative Alternatives, Inc. a nonprofit agency with the mission of ‘Finding solutions to life’s most difficult people problems, through mediation, counseling and training’ Sharon holds a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from UH-Clear Lake, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor/Certified Clinical Supervisor. Sharon speaks regularly across the country on mental health, mediation and business-related topics.

Sunday, July 21 - We will be talking about struggles surrounding addiction with Jamie Edwards, founder and executive director of The Refuge Center of Houston. The Refuge provides family peer support services, faith-based counseling, and spiritual care and direction. In addition to her private practice, she also engages the recovery community through blogging, workshops, training and advocacy services. As the mother of a heroin addict, Jamie knows firsthand the trauma, heartache, shame, and fear that the disease of addiction can generate. Therefore, she strives to provide a voice and a space for families to engage in the recovery process as they seek to recover, rebuild, and be restored. Jamie has a B.S. in Education and an M.A. in Christian Leadership with an emphasis in Family Addiction Ministry.  She is also a certified Family Recovery Coach (NCFRC), Christian Life Coach (NCCLC), and Christian and Family Recovery Coach (NCCFRC). 

Sunday, July 28 - We will be talking about struggles surrounding suicide with Wykisha McKinney.  After her brother's suicide in 2004, Wykisha needed help, and reached out where she could, but after many failed attempts at getting help, she knew she had to do something. Struggling to understand her brother’s death drove her to learn more about suicide through extensive research, workshops, training and volunteering. She eventually became one of the founding board members of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Southeast Texas chapter, of which she currently serves as Board Chair.  She went from not being able to get out of her car at the first Out of the Darkness Community Walk (an annual fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) to chairing the walk and raising more than $120,000.  She has flown all over the country to speak about her experience as a survivor of suicide loss and talks with our country’s leaders as a community advocate.  In May 2018, she founded  The Twentea Company  with a simple concept in mind:  to use the second most consumed beverage in the world to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention.  20% of the company’s profits are designated toward breaking down the stigma of depression, mental illness, and suicide, fostering connectedness among those affected, and supporting organizations involved in the cause (particularly crisis hotlines that answer the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). Learn more about Wikisha's background and story HERE.

Resources

Stephen Ministry
A ministry of Gloria Dei that provides a confidential, one-to-one listening ear during times of difficulty or crisis by specially-trained, Christian caregivers.

GriefShare
This 13 week program is a ministry of Gloria Dei that assists anyone in the grief journey who has experienced the death of a loved one. Contact the church office at 281-333-4535 for information.

R3 Support Group
A ministry of Gloria Dei that helps anyone with an addiction, compulsion or life-altering issue, find freedom in Christ. Contact the church office at 281-333-4535 for information.

Innovative Alternatives - www.innovativealternatives.org
An organization in our community that helps you to find solutions to life’s most difficult people problems through mediation, counseling and training. 

The Refuge Center - www.therefugecenterhouston.com
A resource in our community that provides holistic healing for families impacted by the disease of addiction

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
www.afsp.org/chapter/afsp-southeast-texas A grassroots community effort to eliminate the loss of life from suicide by delivering innovative prevention programs and educating the public about risk factors and warning signs.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1.800.273.8255 (TALK)
Gives free and confidential support for people in distress, provides prevention and crisis resources as well as best practices for professionals.