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Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

Serving In Houston, TX
January 7, 2023
Community: Houston
Partner: Galveston Bay Foundation, Impact Houston Church of Christ, Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, Uvalde Baptist Church
Staff: Almando Jean Louis, George Kalopisis

The Team has Arrived in Houston!

by George Kalopisis | January 7, 2023 7:56 PM

After a long day of travel, we have safely arrived at our Houston destination. The weather is warm and we are all excited to serve this week.

Everyone pitched in and helped prepare an amazing taco dinner that definitely hit the spot.

We are diving into our first devotional this evening and getting some much-needed rest before heading to church tomorrow morning. 

The Team has Arrived in Houston!

Worship at Uvalde Baptist Church

by Almando Jean Louis | January 8, 2023 12:14 PM

After a much-needed night of rest, we woke up ready to worship the Lord alongside our brothers and sisters at Uvalde Baptist Church.

We had a wonderful time singing familiar songs. Pastor Shawn preached on Maturity in Faith. It was great to be reminded that God wants us to grow and mature in our faith. 

Worship at Uvalde Baptist Church

Getting a Feel for Tomorrow

by Almando Jean Louis | January 8, 2023 12:21 PM

After the service, pastor Shawn and his right-hand man, Lawrence, sat with us and walked us through the work we are going to be doing with the church, starting tomorrow. 

Those include yard work for a brother who is wheelchair-bound, painting in the church educational building, reorganizing a storage room, and some maintenance around the church building.

It was good to hear that there is a bigger picture and purpose behind those projects, we are excited! 

Getting a Feel for Tomorrow

Food Pantry at the Church

by Almando Jean Louis | January 9, 2023 11:11 AM

Uvalde Baptist Church has a food distribution every Saturday. 

This morning, we are reorganizing their food pantry to help make the process much easier for them. 

Food Pantry at the Church

Worship Time

by George Kalopisis | January 9, 2023 1:00 PM

We had a great time worshiping last night with Almando leading us on guitar. 

Worship Time

Major Yard Work Project

by George Kalopisis | January 9, 2023 1:03 PM

We have just the right crew and tools to tackle this neglected yard. The team is ready to get to work!
Major Yard Work Project

The End Result!

by Almando Jean Louis | January 9, 2023 6:30 PM

It took us about 5 hours and a lot of manpower to clean this yard, but we conquered it. 

The homeowner has been hospitalized and will hopefully be discharged tomorrow if the Lord wills.

We hope we can see him and share the love of Christ with him. 

The End Result!

Painting Crew

by George Kalopisis | January 10, 2023 8:54 AM

Our painting crew is ready to start in on a makeover of the teen room at the church. We have some serious painters that are excited to get started. 

Painting Crew

Serving at Impact Houston

by Almando Jean Louis | January 10, 2023 12:47 PM

Impact Houston is a food pantry that has been serving the Houston community for over 30 years. 

This morning, many of us had the opportunity to be a part of what they do every Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening all year round. 

From 8:30 to 11, two lines of vehicles (about 200-300 families) drive through their parking lot and volunteers load up their trunks or back seats with all kinds of food from frozen meat, fresh produce, canned goods...to desserts. 

It was a very well-organized process and we were blessed to be a part of it. 

Serving at Impact Houston

What a Treat!

by Almando Jean Louis | January 10, 2023 12:55 PM

A volunteer decided to bless all the volunteers, including us, with pizzas! 
What a Treat!

Why Impact Houston Does What they Do

by Almando Jean Louis | January 10, 2023 12:58 PM

It was good to have a broader picture of what Impact Houston does through food distribution. Our volunteer coordinator took the time to explain the whole process to us. 
Why Impact Houston Does What they Do

Final Touches

by Almando Jean Louis | January 10, 2023 12:59 PM

We are finishing up the paint job we started yesterday. It's looking great!

Final Touches

Loaves & Fishes

by George Kalopisis | January 10, 2023 1:38 PM

Loaves & Fishes is a large soup kitchen in downtown Houston where hundreds of Houston’s chronically hungry gather six days a week for nutritious, hot, home-cooked meals cooked by staff and served by volunteers. There is no cost and no requirement.

Our group of boys worked very hard today to serve meals to over 150 people. 

Loaves & Fishes

Preparing the Food

by George Kalopisis | January 10, 2023 1:41 PM

The team is chopping veggies and other food items for the meals today at Loaves & Fishes. 
Preparing the Food

A Unique Opportunity

by Almando Jean Louis | January 11, 2023 11:48 AM

This morning we hopped on three small boats that took us to a small island to restore a bird habitat.

A Unique Opportunity

300 Trees!

by Almando Jean Louis | January 11, 2023 11:52 AM

We planted 300 small trees that included Red Mulberry, Sugarberry/Hackberry, Texas Ebony, Carolina Wolfberry, and Coral Bean. What a neat project!

300 Trees!

Beach Time

by George Kalopisis | January 12, 2023 7:27 AM

After some good work planting trees, we headed to the beach on Galveston Island. 

We had a great time playing in the water and the sand. The weather was perfect for a beach day!

Beach Time

Dumpster Party!

by Almando Jean Louis | January 12, 2023 9:37 AM

The church storage room was packed with all kinds of wooden crafts they no longer used.

We worked for about 2 hours hauling them out to the church dumpster. 

Although it was throwing things away, it also took a big load off the church staff's shoulders. Plus, we had a lot of fun doing it as a group. 

Dumpster Party!

A Piece of Texas History

by Almando Jean Louis | January 12, 2023 4:03 PM

We visited the San Jacinto monument this afternoon. It was cool to find out that Cincinnati was a contributor to its existence. 

A Piece of Texas History

Birthday Boy!

by Almando Jean Louis | January 12, 2023 7:19 PM

Happy Birthday from all of us, Connor! So cool that we get to celebrate your birthday on a mission trip. May the Lord continue to shape your life. May He bless you and make His face shine upon you! 

Keep up the faith! 

Birthday Boy!

NASA Space Center

by George Kalopisis | January 12, 2023 7:26 PM

Our team got the opportunity to enjoy and learn today at NASA. 

We had a tour and learned about all the space missions, astronauts, and space vehicles. 

What a great opportunity!

NASA Space Center

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