Throughout the Christmas season, we will be sharing stories of generosity. God is at work at New Beginnings, and we just can't help but spread the word. Whether you are a faithful giver, serve regularly or have been impacted by one of the ministries here, you give to New Beginnings, and we hope you feel like we give just as much back to you.
From now until the end of the year, we will be sharing stories of transformation. If you or your family would like to contribute to the work God is doing at New Beginnings through an end of the year gift, you can do so below.
When we give, we never think about giving to build buildings. It’s really more than that. Buildings are just a structure, but that structure is important because people’s lives change in within those four walls. People can look back and see New Beginnings and say that’s where I met the Lord, that’s where my marriage was restored. This is more than bricks and mortar. This is where the Gospel is proclaimed. The buildings are beautiful but it’s just a tool to bring people into the Kingdom of God. - Blake and Terry Gage, members at our Spring Hill Campus
"This is what I know: I know that I am broken. I have been broken for a long time. I know that I am finding purpose and a hope and an identity. I know I have a desire to live and not just exist. I know for the first time in a long time I am feeling human.
I always prayed deep down that I could have something like this. I would always turn back to something else, the bottle or the pill. With addiction, it just progresses until you can’t function anymore. I lost my identity for so long. At Graciously Broken, I am getting to know who I am apart from my addiction. I am learning who I am as a woman, friend, and mom. I always wanted to be a woman after God’s own heart, but I never had the tools. I was bound by Satan in my addiction, and I didn’t know how to free myself. I didn’t understand the resurrection power. I didn’t get it but now I do." - Chaundra Loyd, resident at Graciously Broken Ministries
"The most recent trip I took was to Kenya with a team from New Beginnings and Barry Wood Ministries. We set up medical clinics in four villages and people came from all around to receive medical care. While we had these groups of people waiting, we were able to explicitly share the Gospel. Over 700 people received medical care and 34 accepted Christ. If only one person accepted Christ it would have been a successful mission, but God just continued to move.
If we really believe what we say we believe, then my biggest encouragement would be for people to ask themselves why they aren’t going on mission. When we make excuses, we are shorting God on what He is capable of doing. Your mission field doesn't have to be Africa. It can be your school, your workplace, or the city where you live, but we are called to go on mission because of what Jesus has done for us. So if you're not going on mission, you need to ask yourself why you're not going." - Clare Daulong, member of our Spring Hill Campus
"I have battled addiction for 20 years. I drank pretty heavily in high school, but when I got out of high school, I got into a relationship that was not a healthy relationship. That was the first time I ever tried a drug. At my lowest point, I wasn’t able to hold a job. I didn’t have any friends who weren't also using. I was basically homeless. I continued to spiral down. A few years ago, my mom entered a faith-based rehab program, and I saw a change in her. Our relationship began to grow, and I wanted that for me and my kids.That's when I know I had to make a change. My mom and my boyfriend's mother are actually the ones who pointed me to Graciously Broken. Since I joined the program, I have surrendered everything. For the five months that I have been here, I have seen Him restore relationships that I never thought could be restored. I just can't stress it enough. Graciously Broken is a ministry worth supporting. We focus a lot on how to deal with addiction, but if you don’t have the God piece it’s not going to work. That’s what is so wonderful about this ministry. You aren’t going to leave here without God. If it weren't for Graciously Broken, I would probably be dead. That's how life changing this ministry truly is, and I can't say thank you enough." - Shonda Whatley, resident at Graciously Broken Ministries
"At our lowest, Michael woke me up in the middle of the night and told me that we were either calling the divorce lawyer in the morning or we were calling New Beginnings for help. I woke up the next morning, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I knew we needed to call the church. We immediately started counseling. When we first started, I was really distant. I would answer the questions just so they would stop asking, but the staff would keep digging and never gave up on us. Through counseling and becoming involved in a life group, our marriage is being restored. We are able to share our struggles in life group and each week it helps us heal. I know without a doubt we would not be married right now without New Beginnings. God used that low point in our marriage to put the people at New Beginnings in our path to grow us as believers and as a couple.” - Michael and Crystal Pool, members at our Spring Hill Campus
"We had the opportunity to serve Faith Baptist Church by hanging sheetrock. I feel like as Christians one of the things that we should do is serve other people. Jesus came to serve so we should be serving other people. In this case, if we can get this church up and operating again then hopefully more people are going to come to know Jesus because this church is here in Vidor. That’s what motivates me. Knowing that we aren’t just hanging sheetrock. We are doing something that could lead people to Jesus. We are called to make disciples and this is part of it. Maybe we don’t directly have an effect but by helping this church people can come to know Jesus through Faith Baptist. Honestly, I think we get more of a blessing out of it than the people we are serving. There is no better satisfaction than serving the Lord. I would hope someone would help me if I was ever in the situation and scripture tells us to serve other people. Every opportunity we get to do that, we need to take it. Every person has a part to play." - Bruce Stanley, member of our Spring Hill Campus and volunteer on our Vidor Hurricane Relief Mission Trip
"We live near the church, so we watched the Gilmer Campus being built. I drove past it every day driving my son, Jordan, to see his dad, but I never came. We talked about coming, but we never did and then tragedy struck. My son's dad was murdered and the grief was overwhelming. It was a lot to handle. Jordan was playing at a friends house one day and he looked up at my friend and said, 'My mommy cries all the time,' and in that moment I knew something had to change. Not long after that, my friend invited me to New Beginnings. The first four or five times I walked through the doors the presence of God was overwhelming, and Jordan just couldn’t wait to come. We have been coming ever since, and this church has walked me through one of the darkest times of my life. New Beginnings has helped me know that I am not alone and that I have this family that I can rely on when I am not at my best. I know that Jordan and I are going to be okay because we have this support system to rally beside us." - Amy Copeland, member of our Gilmer Campus
"The first time we came to New Beginnings was about two months after we had our son for just a normal Sunday morning service. We came back the next Sunday and just picked a random life group from the top of the brochure. We walked in thinking we were just going to try a few different groups, but we immediately started making connections. The second week we were there they asked if they could host a diaper shower for our newborn. To be immediately welcomed and cared for right off the jump, was incredible. We didn't feel the need to try another group, and living in community with these people has made all the difference. It has changed church for us. It went from something we did every week to becoming a part of our lives. These are the people that are going to be there to lean on when life gets hard." - Robert and Taylor Powell, members of our Spring Hill Campus
"We had never experienced anything like Harvey. We were just going to ride the storm out but the water kept rising. That’s when Pastor Connor and his team brought a boat into our front yard just looking to help people. I didn't want to leave my home or my church, but I looked up on my porch and saw my daughter-in-law holding my grandbaby and I knew it was time to evacuate. Pastor Connor and his team brought us out to the main road and prayed for me and my family. During a quick conversation, they discovered that I was pastor of Faith Baptist Church. In ten minutes, a bond between Faith Baptist Church and New Beginnings was forged. New Beginnings has sent two teams to help us rebuild our church over the last few weeks because of a moment that happened on a boat in August. I am indebted to Pastor Connor and to those men, not just because of the work they have done on our facilities, but for rescuing my family. God brought us together, and I have thought about how to express our gratitude, and I don’t even know how. I can’t conjure up the words to say to even begin to express how grateful we are for what New Beginnings has done. We just praise the Lord. He orchestrated it all." - Joe Reed, Pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Vidor, Texas
"I had hit rock bottom in my life. All that was left was me and my kids. I had to start over, and I wanted to start over for the last time. I didn’t want to build my life on the sand anymore. I wanted to start fresh with a foundation built on the rock, and that all started when my kids asked to come to VBS at New Beginnings. Through Family Night at VBS, I got connected with the church. I would never have imagined then that we would consider the people here our family, that we would matter to someone. Since then, our lives have been flipped upside down in the best way possible. Our lives have changed forever, and I don’t know how people hold it inside. I just want to run down the streets and tell people what God has done for me. I want everyone to know what Jesus has done for me and my kids, and that He can do it for them too." - Samantha Jackson, Kid's Ministry Volunteer on our Gilmer Campus
"Hurricane Harvey effected everyone. Vidor had never experienced that type of flooding. The hurricane just sat on top of us and kept dumping water. We had 21 inches in my house and the church had areas with around two feet of water, but I was never distraught. I knew we had a lot of work ahead of us, but the Lord was going to carry us through, and he’s done that through New Beginnings. You wonder if there are people who are even willing to help us but seeing strangers reach out because God has blessed them is an incredible feeling. I know it’s a sacrifice. I have a wife and two boys and I know how busy life can be. I just can’t say thank you enough for taking time out of your life to help us through this valley." - Rusty Goodman, Member of Faith Baptist Church in Vidor, Texas.