Stories and updates from our ministries.

#GivingTuesday

Is it possible to raise $80,000 in one day? Yes, with your help, we can! With your help, we will continue to heal hearts and share hope in the lives of hurting children and families throughout South Texas and beyond our borders. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that occurs each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Following right on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it kicks off the holiday giving season and inspires people to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. STCH Ministries' mission is to honor God, reach hurting children [...]

By |2019-11-14T09:42:58-06:00November 14th, 2019|

Tabitha’s Smile

Tabitha, 55, reached the point where she entertained the idea of ending it all - believing there was no way out of the mess she had made of her life.  She came to counseling stricken with guilt, grief and hopelessness. Her upbringing in an unstable home spilled over into her own marriage and family. She had traveled a long hard road suffering tremendous emotional and physical abuse throughout her life and also in her first marriage. She felt unworthy, unloved and unfit to be a mother to her 3 children. These overwhelming feelings led her to make a decision that [...]

By |2019-11-13T13:34:44-06:00November 12th, 2019|

Overflowing into-your-lap Blessings

We all know Jesus' words about giving and receiving, right? “Give and you will receive.” He elaborated on the receiving part, “in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap.” As if this wasn’t incentive enough, Jesus goes on to hammer His point by adding, “The amount you give will determine the amount you get back!” (NLT) A mission trip experience repeatedly lives out this truth, “I came to give, but I received so much more!” The recent experiences of two men’s groups met a significant need for our International ministry. Every [...]

By |2019-10-22T14:34:05-06:00October 22nd, 2019|

Date Night by the Bay

Date Night by the Bay “made all the difference in the world for our marriage,” declared one couple. The couple joined more than 70 other couples on September 20th, at the Omni Hotel. STCH Ministries Family Counseling in Corpus Christi has offered marriage and family seminars to the public for 10 years. The speaker’s Christ-centered message and the opportunity to enjoy a romantic night created a special evening. This year’s event featured an amazing jazz band, The Kris Redus Quartet. They played romantic smooth jazz as attendees entered the room. Husbands received a red rose to gift to their wife [...]

By |2019-10-16T15:32:35-06:00October 16th, 2019|

No Longer Bound

Julia, a new resident at STCH Ministries Homes for Families (HFF), moved to Marshall Ranch determined to commit her heart to Jesus and to give her infant daughter Jordan a good life. After ending a bad relationship, she knew the time had come to break the abusive pattern. HFF allows mothers and their children to live in a safe, comfortable home setting as supportive staff help address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the family. There are four phases in the program: Phase I – The Restorative, Phase II – The Equipping, Phase III – The Launch, Phase IV [...]

By |2019-09-18T13:10:47-06:00September 18th, 2019|

In Permanent Ink

Desirae, a STCH Ministries Family Counselor in Corpus Christi recently experienced God’s encouragement when He used her to make a difference in a young lady’s life. This client, a high school senior, struggled with low self-esteem, eating problems, getting along with her mom, anxiety and family adjustments. Desirae worked with her throughout the school year with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help her understand and change any irrational thinking patterns she had developed. This client struggled with a thinking pattern known as emotional reasoning. Sometimes identified as “Feelings as Facts,” this distortion causes the belief if you [...]

By |2019-09-09T16:45:50-06:00September 9th, 2019|

Ladies for the Least

STCH Ministries Ladies for the Least (LFTL), a generous group dedicated to impacting children and families in need, held their annual luncheon at the Junior League of Houston. The elegant affair raised resources for a special project benefitting those helped through the nine services of STCH Ministries. LFTL began over five years ago. This year’s program created a “behind the scenes” peek into the lives of individuals who have experienced the benefits of STCH Ministries first-hand. Personal testimonies fascinated the crowd as they spoke about the impact STCH Ministries made on their lives. A housemom at Homes for Children (HFC), [...]

By |2019-08-30T12:41:44-06:00August 30th, 2019|

A Conference For People Who Help People

Professionals on the front lines of caring for others were all represented at STCH Ministries’ 3rd annual iCare Conference this month in Victoria, Texas. Emergency first responders, pastors, teachers, counselors and politicians all battle the epidemic that is the mental health crisis facing our homes, schools, churches and communities around the country. STCH Ministries Family Counseling provided a resource to equip those who work with the public for their tasks. iCare, a conference for people who help people once again provided quality training for those who work in the industry. care Coming from all across South Texas, over 200 participants, [...]

By |2019-08-21T16:17:20-06:00August 21st, 2019|

Dollars and Sense

Each summer, Homes for Children junior high and high school students gain a sense of purpose and a paycheck through the Vocational Training Program (VTP). For two weeks, our students take part in a working environment where they learn how to apply for a position, learn how to work under a supervisor, learn new skills and learn how to work with their peers. Participating staff members demonstrate appropriate supervisory skills, problem-solving, communication and servant leadership to the students. Caseworkers and houseparents use the students' participation in the VTP to begin conversations about financial integrity, budgeting and stewardship. Other staff supervisors [...]

By |2019-08-16T12:19:01-06:00August 16th, 2019|

Llego La Luz

Frequent blackouts in the Dominican Republic plummet whole neighborhoods into darkness—blacker than a hundred midnights.* They light candles and continue their activities without a hiccup.  When the lights are suddenly restored, a joyous cry echoes from house to house. “Llego la luz!”  The light has come! The Figueroa family represents a composite of many families in which the LIGHT has transformed their lives.  The three children attended a VBS class held by a mission team. They accepted Christ. A small candle of hope glimmered. A medical team met physical needs and counseled for spiritual needs. Mom glimpsed an answer to the [...]

By |2019-08-13T14:22:23-06:00August 13th, 2019|
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