Hello and welcome to the first edition of our Messenger for 2024! As the calendar turns, I seem to always want to take time to reflect. To reflect on the past year, five years, ten years and even beyond that. I have been blessed to serve in my role now for 12 years, it has been an amazing journey. I am so grateful to be a member of the STCH Ministries team. We have some of the most dedicated and servant-minded team members you can find. I am often asked what we look for when we hire, simply put; a heart to serve.

As I reflect back over this past year, we were able to serve 21,044 children and families. These children and families were served through our nine points of ministry, and while we like to track those numbers, what’s most important to us is that we serve them in a deeply personal and life-changing manner. This past year has been one with many accomplishments. Many of these accomplishments were very public, but many were also very private. There are so many stories of overcoming obstacles and odds that you will never hear about. Husbands and wives reuniting through counseling; children going back to live with their mother now that she is healthy; a child learning to read; a youth going on their first international mission trip; pastors receiving the healing they need after a rough experience at their church; much needed medical care; a family learning to manage their finances and find independence from their debtors; and so many more. 2023 was a great year indeed!

Not only do I look back to see how the Good Lord has worked, I also look forward. I look forward to the upcoming year, the next two years, five years, ten years and beyond as well. One project that we started last year and is now completed, is our brand refresh. We compiled a team to answer the question, why does STCH Ministries exist? What came from these discussions were the concepts of healing, restoring and transforming. We believe we have the awesome responsibility to walk through some of the best and most challenging times with those we minister to. We all must start from a place of understanding that healing needs to take place. As healing occurs, the restoration process begins, until eventually we are transformed into the person God wants us to be!

As you read this Messenger, you will come to understand more about our community ministry programs. Through community ministries, we strive to connect with families and walk alongside them while offering expertise in making sure the family’s needs are assessed and then met. While we are already serving families through our programs in the community, we will be taking these programs to another level and building in new pieces. I see great potential for our international ministry in El Salvador. We look forward to taking more teams in to enhance the great work that is currently being done. I am also excited that our footprint in the Rio Grande Valley is increasing programmatically. I recently revisited the area and witnessed much need and opportunity for growth.

As we build new programs and expand current programs, the heart of who we are is still as it has been for 72 years. Our mission statement is: honoring God, reaching children and families with His love and truth, and enabling others to join us in this ministry. Please join me in prayer as we seek to be and do all God wants from us!

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

Breaking Chains: Estefania’s Journey to Intimacy with Christ

IN THE DEPTHS OF ESTEFANIA’S HEART, a deep desire for freedom from a cycle of challenges and setbacks rang loudly. Her path, woven with threads of desperation, resilience and faith, is evidence of the life-changing power of God’s redemption. As Estefania shares her journey, God’s grace is evident in her words, painting a vibrant portrait of transformation.

Estefania, a devoted mother of three, found herself trapped in a life of codependency and failure. The struggle originated from a deep-rooted fear – fear of being alone and the burden of living up to other people’s expectations. Juggling between family homes, she struggled to find a balance between the demands of her time. Throughout these challenges, her resilient children, ages 10, 9 and 8, stood by her side as they navigated the shifting dynamics. In the midst of it all, Estefania yearned for a transformed life anchored in a deep connection with God, a vision that would drive her and her family to genuine change.

Growing up Catholic, intimacy with God had eluded her. She had explored various Christian denominations in a search for truth. As a self-proclaimed “nerd” who loves to learn, Estefania enrolled in classes at SA Hope Center, where she discovered a STCH Ministries Faith & Finances class.

It was during these classes that she met her mentor, Stephanie, a connection that would prove to be life-changing. Shortly after completing the Faith & Finances class, Stephanie invited Estefania to join her in the “Experiencing God” Bible study. It was during this study that Estefania found the deep connection and intimacy with God she had sought for years.

As their relationship developed, Estefania shared with Stephanie her exhaustion and desperation to leave her current life behind and break free from the cycle of failure. She expressed an openness and willingness to surrender to God’s plan, ready to follow wherever He might lead. After prayerful consideration, Stephanie introduced her to Homes for Families, and without hesitation, Estefania exclaimed, “Yes! Let’s do it!” She did not need to hear anything more.

In a whirlwind span of three weeks, Estefania navigated the application process and secured her place at Homes for Families. However, the decision to depart from the familiar and leave her parents’ home was met with disbelief and skepticism from her family. They questioned her abrupt decision, voicing concerns about safety and stability. “My parents said, ‘I don’t know…this is out of this world. This isn’t you!’ I replied, ‘Exactly! That’s the whole point! It’s not me. And I want to do it differently!’”

Undeterred, Estefania faced her family’s apprehensions, offering reassurance that she and her children would be fine, viewing this as an opportunity for real change. With that, she ensured her family’s well-being by securing their finances and left for Homes for Families, where she discovered a sanctuary of freedom and growth. Estefania found the structured routine of Homes for Families as a source of freedom, offering relief from the constant demands of her time without the guilt she often felt when saying no to others. It has taught her time management and how to build a stable household for her children while also providing space to focus on healing and restoration.

Reflecting on her time at Homes for Families, Estefania noticed big changes within herself and her children. The family dynamic shifted, with everyone experiencing growth – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Engaging in on-campus fitness classes, Estefania discovered newfound strength and confidence. She now takes the time to understand her feelings instead of bottling them up. This practice has given her better control over her emotions, not allowing them to dictate her reactions. Spiritually, her relationship with God has strengthened, fostering a deeper trust in Him and finding comfort in His guidance.

Estefania’s children have also seen a transformation in their lives. Her son, Lederson, diagnosed a few years ago with ADHD, has learned to manage his emotions. Her oldest daughter, Isabella, has been growing in her faith with confidence, while her youngest daughter, Graciella, is now able to embrace her God-given talents such as singing worship music in front of others. Estefania is learning to trust God on how to navigate through the challenges of parenting preadolescents, something she previously had difficulty finding time to do. One Bible verse that Estefania often shares with her children, and one that has rung loudly in her own heart, is Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”

Estefania’s extended family, witnessing the positive changes during visits home, became curious about the transformations they saw. They expressed their surprise to Estefania, sharing they did not expect her “big, sudden change” to make such a meaningful difference in her and her children’s lives. They said, “We are so proud of you, and we’re excited about what’s to come. We are cheering you on!”

Her brother noticed a change in Estefania as well. “The first time I saw my brother after coming to Homes for Families, he said, ‘I don’t know what’s going on with you, but I really like it and want to know more.’”

Healing is unfolding within her entire family, with her dad discovering a newfound calmness and her mom working through co-dependency. Estefania has been a source of encouragement throughout their journeys. While the healing process can be challenging, the enemy’s attacks often intensify as individuals walk in obedience to God’s will. Estefania’s mother, facing these intense attacks, finds comfort in her daughter’s own healing and restoration at Homes for Families. Estefania reassures her mom with confidence in God’s faithfulness, saying, “Jesus is helping you through this. He is interceding for you. You don’t have to worry. Just go to Him and share your heart.”

The family’s collective transformation is a testament to God’s grace. “That’s where we’re at in our family right now. We’re healing together while I’m gone, going through this program. We are going through the changes together. Every time I go back, they amaze me.”

Looking ahead to life after Homes for Families, Estefania hopes to give back to her community. She dreams of using her Spanish language skills to bridge the gap for Spanish-speaking people new to America. She is also contemplating a return to medicine to become a nurse’s assistant and eventually wants to pursue her vision of supporting and guiding homeless people, creating a space like Homes for Families.

For Estefania, freedom was found in the seemingly rigid format of Homes for Families. She discovered joy in obedience, likening it to a parent guiding their child away from harmful influences. Just as Christianity is often misunderstood as restrictive, Estefania found that true freedom emerged from aligning with God’s will.

This is part of her advice to other moms who may be considering coming to Homes for Families. Estefania emphasizes the need for a genuine commitment to change, urging mothers to approach the program with a willingness to surrender to the process. The key lies in letting go of selfish desires and embracing obedience, paving the way for healing and transformation. This, in turn, leads to joy and fulfillment.

In Estefania’s journey, the threads of God’s redemption weave a story of hope, resilience and limitless possibilities when one embraces the call to change. Her story invites us to reflect on our paths, encouraging us to surrender to God’s healing, restoration and transformation. As she moves forward, Estefania brings the hope of breaking generational curses and shining God’s light in the world.

Bustin’ for STCH

IN 2023, THE ECHELON GROUP started the conversation with us at STCH Ministries about starting a clay shoot fundraiser benefiting STCH Ministries titled, Bustin’ for STCH. After months of preparation, the first annual Bustin’ for STCH took place at White Owl Ranch near Alice, Texas on Saturday, January 27, 2024.

It was a windy but sunny January day as shooting teams and volunteers congregated at White Owl Ranch. Despite the gusts of wind, the shooters embraced the challenge with enthusiasm. While the shooters enjoyed a day of competition, they also understood that their shots would make a difference.

As the shooting ended, they recongregated under a large white tent to enjoy lunch and learn more about STCH Ministries. While many had heard of STCH Ministries, they were overjoyed to hear about how big the reach truly is. Students from our Homes for Children campus attended to help with the day and meet the shooters. Stories and smiles were shared among them.

At the end of the day, thanks to the incredible support of our attendees and sponsors, we experienced God’s blessings, raising over $110,000. We are forever grateful for the support of John Crisp and the Echelon Group. Events like this provide vital support to children, families and individuals, offering counseling, education, resources and a safe haven for those seeking refuge. To all the sponsors and attendees, remember, together, we spread the love and truth of God to those we serve.

When Hope Looks Like a Soccer Ball

GLOOMY DAYS OF DESPAIR SURROUNDED CARLOS. Through the translator’s broken English, Carlos described his life. Trapped in an endless cycle of misery, not a pinprick of hope lightened the darkness. Constant fighting and crying, hemmed in by poverty, violence and an alcoholic father, he often laid on his stomach at night trying to quell the pain of hunger. Then hope broke into his life in the form of a soccer ball.

In El Salvador, soccer is king (known by the name of football in that country). Anselmo, Carlos’ dad, spent his days in an alcoholic daze. Nevertheless, he loved soccer. When a cousin invited him to join a soccer team, he enthusiastically agreed—until he discovered one nonflexible requirement. To play on this team, he had to go to church once a week.

At first, Anselmo emphatically responded, “No,” but eventually he decided one hour a week was a small price to pay to play! Father and son began to play soccer and attend the required church service together. There the light of hope dawned in Carlos’ mind. Here was something different from the misery he had always known. Carlos heard the praise band and fell in love with the guitar. He found a guitar with only two strings and began to practice. Later, the church loaned him a guitar with the required number of strings, and eventually Carlos became part of the praise band. More importantly, Carlos’ whole family accepted Christ—life transformation occurred! Today, Anselmo is the pastor of the growing church at El Riel, and Carlos leads worship and pastors the youth group.

When STCH Ministries began work in 2007 in the Dominican Republic, we established some fundamental principles to guide our work internationally with churches, schools and orphanages. One, we would not own nor try to manage work in another country, believing that local individuals can reach their people more effectively than those from another culture. Two, we would look for ministries that focused on children and families. And three, the leaders of these ministries had to be called by God, competent and working by faith. STCH Ministries would partner with these ministries in their calling through encouragement, training, education and additional resources.

In addition, consistent with the STCH Ministries mission, the makeup of our mission teams would include children and families. Accordingly, the logistics of lodging, food and safety were a priority. In 2017, after 10 years of working in the Dominican Republic, we began to explore other countries, among them Costa Rica, Peru and Mexico, considering whether we could expand our outreach.

Although the pandemic significantly interrupted these efforts, in 2021 Ward Hayes, CFO of Texas Baptists, heard about the international work of STCH Ministries. “My former church had a wonderful experience with the Peniel network of churches in El Salvador. I believe it would be a great place for STCH Ministries.” We began conversations with the Peniel leadership. Then beginning in the spring of 2022, we made the first of several trips which included staff, our Dominican partners and U.S. pastors and leaders. Both in the Peniel churches and their leadership, we discovered the matching focus and heart of STCH Ministries.

The Peniel network of churches was aptly named after the place where the Jewish patriarch, Jacob, met with God face-to-face. There, God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, and his life was never the same. The Peniel churches create opportunities for Gospel change through meeting practical life needs, impacting families and growing disciples. Soccer, a huge attraction in El Salvador, is one innovative tool. Churches develop their own leagues, and for those willing to come to church once a week, all fees are waived.

Jobs are scarce, and competition is fierce. Approximately 80,000 youth graduate from high school every year and must compete for an average of 20,000 job openings. Education is crucial, and the ability to speak English and to use computer technology significantly enhances employment opportunities. Accordingly, every church in the Peniel network either already has a school or is in the process of growing one, starting from preschool. Parents who wish to enroll their children receive a significant tuition discount if they also attend church once a week.

In the summer of 2023, we hosted our first two mission teams. Pastor David Thompson from Schulenberg reported recently, “I think about our experiences in El Salvador all the time. What struck me the most was the fervency and passion of the Christians—they were so alive. Church services were worshipful and joyful experiences. The whole experience reinvigorated us in our own Christian walk and service.” Another team, Calvert Grace from Maryland, spent four afternoons explaining creative and effective teaching techniques. They also conducted a sports camp at the school in El Riel, rotating between ga-ga ball, baseball, frisbees, American football and soccer, including a Bible lesson as they rotated. Both churches plan to return this summer.

As we pursue God’s leading in El Salvador, the STCH Ministries annual Vision Trip expanded to our first dual-country visit, spending approximately three and a half days each in El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. The logistics were daunting—housing in both countries, unique food (like pupusas), e-tickets and entry documents, three different airlines, translators and transportation—with our “friendly adversary” time, always pressuring and impacting what we could accomplish. Our goal in both countries was to inspire and present opportunities for future involvement. The group of 22 individuals included pastors, ministry leaders and supporters, board members and staff.

Our group boarded a United flight in Houston for a non-stop, three-hour flight to San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador. Pastor Edgar Borja and our efficient activity coordinator, Sulma, met us with a bus. The weather was warm, and somewhat less humid due to being on the Pacific coast, as we traveled to the mother church site at Santa Tecla. They had prepared an overview of their ministry, involving the leadership of several sites, assisted by translators-in-training. Shortly after, the pastors and their wives of the eight churches in their network joined us for a light supper and an opportunity to meet and greet. Inspired, we loaded our bus to the hotel accommodations for a night of rest.

The next morning, we enjoyed the vista, as we ate a bountiful breakfast buffet. Then, Matt Homeyer, pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio, shared a devotional. That day, we saw what God had helped the El Riel church and school accomplish through the partnership with STCH Ministries. During earlier trips, we witnessed volunteers digging trenches by hand for a future church building and donated a small offering to help purchase the cement blocks, and later the roof. During the summer of 2023, we partnered to help them add a room for science and computers, required by the school district for the ninth grade. Our team worshipped with the children and families in their new sanctuary, then climbed down precarious dirt-fashioned steps to celebrate and dedicate the computer science facility. Excited and joyful ninth graders and their teachers joined us for the viewing and ribbon cutting.

For the next two days, the Peniel leadership and young people prepared a program in each of the seven locations. They presented their vision, methods, progress and needs. Danny Quintanilla, a staff member at Bear Creek Church in Houston, reflected, “What impressed me the most was the focus on sharing the Gospel to all who come to their church whether it be through the school, sports ministry, soccer or the caring of those in need.”

Their passion to reach their people was equaled only by their excitement to share their dreams and the opportunities for partnership with our team. “It can be a Salvadoran dream, or an American dream, but most important is to make sure we are aligning with God’s dreams,” shared Dr. Edgar Borja, a Salvadoran ministry leader. We visited schools and shared a devotional with over 200 high school students in one location. We participated in different church services as pastors in our vision group presented a message of encouragement and inspiration. Some churches in the Peniel network were well-established, and others had just begun. However, in all of the Peniel churches, the need for resources, hands to share the work, training and education are limitless.

An important STCH Ministries goal was to hear from the Vision Trip group about their impressions and sense of God’s leading for the future. Chairman of the STCH Ministries board, John Weber, gave his perspective on El Salvador and the Peniel network of churches. “The work here fits the STCH Ministries method. They are focused on children and families, passionate to reach their people, hard-working, and have vision, and an amazing organization.” Many others shared a similar perspective.

“This is an amazing opportunity for us to come alongside these churches and offer a hand-up.” Karol Peters, board member

“I was impressed by their dual focus on meeting practical life needs and sharing the Gospel. This is the same goal for our church that I have noted in all of the STCH Ministries.” Will Rushing, pastor of University Baptist Church in Houston

STCH Ministries staff member, Kelli Meyer, summarized: “The Peniel network of churches reminded me of the early church in Acts. Each student, pastor and church member we met had a testimony of God bringing them out of addictions, tragedies, poverty, generational chains or brokenness. Now, on the other side, each one has a passion to help others. Like Acts, there is a unity in this church family and a ripple effect of discipleship.”

STCH Ministries has carefully evaluated the opportunities for Kingdom impact through partnership with the Peniel network of churches. They are working by faith with trained and competent leadership. They are using innovative and creative methods to heal, restore and transform lives like Carlos and his father, Anselmo. As Eron Green, CEO of STCH Ministries, often reminds us, “It’s not about numbers; it’s about the weight of the impact.”

Since the beginning in 1952, the STCH Ministries’ mission has included, “enabling others to join us in this ministry.” Please pray with us for the resources and helpers that are needed, especially for the opportunity to help construct missionary housing for teams, which is immediately before us. We are excited to see more churches respond similarly to Brian Hill, lead pastor at FBC Corpus Christi: “During the Vision Trip recently, I was immediately impressed with the sense that the opportunities in El Salvador are also a great fit for our church to help at the ground level. The experience for our teams will be different in El Salvador than what they would experience in the Dominican, but I am excited to get started.”

For more information on how your church can participate, please contact Joanna Berry at or Mark Lozuk at

Collaborating to Equip Mothers

STCH MINISTRIES IS BLESSED to have nine ministries that work together to bring about life transformation. Recently, two ministries joined together to do just that. Alicia, Faith & Finances Site Coordinator in Corpus Christi, traveled once a week to our Homes for Families campus in Goliad to teach the moms from both campuses to develop a better understanding of finances.

After the first class, one mom returned, expressing that, for the first time, she could foresee making it on her own. Learning how to manage finances and embarking on a career path began to reverse the negative messages her adoptive mother had instilled during her upbringing. The mothers collectively reflected on how this class would reshape their financial perspectives and help them break free from the chains that had held them down.

After 12 weeks, the mothers graduated from the Faith & Finances course and celebrated their newfound freedom. The mothers wanted to share their gratitude for all that the class did for them.

“I can say that this course has helped me understand the simplicity of money management and that the difficulty of any sin lies with my temptation and desires. With surrender to God, I’m able to manage my money in the proper order. I’m excited about stewardship of my finances and that I’ll be able to teach my children, my friends and my family, most importantly leading through modeling. I’m honored and grateful. Thank you for showing up and showing out in my life through this course and STCH Ministries.” – Kyana

“Being at STCH Ministries, I’ve seen how people are freely able to give and give joyfully unto the Lord, taking care of God’s people. I have realized how important it is to put God first through Faith & Finances and see it in real life. Now, I also understand the importance of long-term savings and emergency funds. My son will be taken care of, and I can trust in God with my finances.” – Jasmyne

“This class has reminded me to only get needs and not wants. I have learned to make a budget for my time away from Homes for Families, and I have succeeded with not going over and coming back with money left over.” – Kisha

“I’m grateful for STCH Ministries and the Faith & Finances class because it has taught me how to budget my money based on determining my needs and my wants. I’m learning the importance of having an emergency savings set aside.” – Brandy

These are just a few examples of how this Faith & Finances class brought change in the hearts and minds of our Homes for Families residents. We are excited to share that they will now begin taking our Faith & Work class as well. Equipping these moms to thrive and rely on God in life after Homes for Families is what this program is all about. We are thankful that these ministries can work together to accomplish that.

Transformative Collaboration

HOW CAN THE RESOURCES of STCH Ministries, and the awesome potential of healing and restoring, impact the ocean of needs we see in the world around us? The Archimedes principle states that the water level will rise related to the weight of our ship. Will a bigger boatload of resources affect the level of needs that surrounds us? Or is there another answer in our quest to impact a world for Christ? Weighty questions, loaded with potentially complex answers, and equally complicated solutions. Yet a query that has hovered around the edges of the calling God has given STCH Ministries from the beginning.

Under the leadership of President and CEO Eron Green, STCH Ministries has expanded the opportunities to meet needs in the world around us. From its origins of providing a home for children as South Texas Children’s Home to our current identity as STCH Ministries, we additionally provide homes for single moms and their children, Christian counseling, pastoral support, international missions and child sponsorship, classes like Faith & Finances and Faith & Work that support churches and other ministries in their outreach and discipleship efforts. The mission has always remained the same, “Honoring God, reaching children and families with His love and truth, and enabling others to join us in this ministry.”

As we seek to follow God into a future that only God can see, Eron has questioned, “We always knew the needs were great, but is there a more standardized and systematic way of connecting individuals in need with the resources already available to them in their own communities? Can we impact the level of need around us through more effective collaboration?”

He continued, “We have always worked in partnership with churches and organizations that provide resources to alleviate poverty, emotional distress and spiritual distress. Can we also help to create a path for STCH Ministries to strengthen the outreach and the transformative power of both the local church family and organizations that offer resources such as food, clothing, counseling, job training and emergency shelter?”

We began prayerful conversations on creating a systematic approach to connect people, organizations and resources. How can we more effectively cooperate with the eternal purposes of God in restoring all things to Himself (Colossians 1:20)? Through research and consultation, we have identified four distinct, yet similar, pathways to more effective collaboration—Bridging, Interconnecting, Equipping and Partnering.

The Bridging pathway will develop an extensive list of resources that enables a specialist to connect available community assets to the relational and practical needs of individuals and families. Our existing strengths and partners already provide early bridges that can link a family beyond basic resources to lasting hope through gospel conversations. Staff member Heidi Hettler affirmed, “Our existing ministries help individuals to repair ‘broken-down walls’ that have allowed destructive habits to gain control, compromise safety and break relationships.”

These vital relationships establish trust and develop the opportunity for more conversations that can offer spiritual direction, share the gospel and point them to a local resource or to a church that offers stability and the opportunity to grow in faith through discipleship.

The Interconnecting pathway will seek to interlink those already involved in one ministry department within STCH Ministries to additional facets of ministry. Perhaps a single mom with three children comes to Family Counseling, desperately trying to survive the chaos resulting from death or divorce. Counseling provides tools to recover emotionally. However, in this situation, Mom may need a safe place for herself and her children – time to recover and build skills until she can manage life on her own again. The Interconnecting pathway would answer questions and assist with the transition process to Homes for Families. In time, that same Mom would be ready for independence and a new phase for herself and her children. The Interconnecting pathway would also share resources, recommendations and perhaps help individuals get connected to a caring church family. It may also provide additional resources for stability as needed. Theresa Klacman, Director of Homes for Families recently shared, “As participants complete their journey in any of our existing ministries, they need ongoing wisdom and support. They crave connection.”

The Interconnecting pathway will keep the doors open for continuing relationships, reminding them we are here for them through various means—texts, phone calls or Zoom Bible studies and devotionals.

The Equipping pathway will assist both individuals and collaborative partners to develop lasting skills by equipping motivated learners. Currently, Faith & Finances classes offer practical and proven educational tools and information to address financial stress. Faith & Work helps to identify personal giftings and find God’s purpose for their life. There could be room for growth and expansion by offering Job Readiness, parenting classes such as Raising Highly Capable Kids, a marriage curriculum and caregiving for grandparents who are raising grandchildren.

Equipping partner ministries could also enhance the impact of local churches by meeting the need for Trauma-Informed Congregational Training for church members. Church staff members are burdened and frequently overwhelmed by individual and family trauma, such as divorce, job loss, conflict with children or adult children, abortion, death and terminal illness. In addition, environmental trauma such as hurricanes and storms, floods, fire and economic crises impact congregations as well. Training could develop a team of “Renewed Hope Caregivers” to minister one-onone to church members who might be struggling with a specific challenge. In meeting individuals at their point of need they may also have a personal encounter with Jesus, and achieve healing and life transformation.

The Partnering pathway will strengthen our relationship with churches through offering consulting, programming support and more. Collaboration with important boots-on-the-ground ministries, such as clothes and food pantries, will help staff in sharing Christ, digging deep with people past their surface and basic needs. Mobilizing as partners will allow us to join in their efforts to restore the lost sheep and the broken prodigals to Him. Always remembering that through partnering together, we may do a better job of meeting children and families in their time of need and connecting them with hands and hearts that can meet those needs.

Through Bridging, Interconnecting, Equipping and Partnering, we will seek to deepen our relationships with community service organizations and our partnering churches in every region. A more effective impact on the level of need in our world may not require a bigger boat or a heavier load of resources. We believe that a focus on inter-ministry collaboration, as Community Ministries, will meet needs more effectively. It also offers the potential of community transformation, beginning with the individual family and their local church and ripples to the expanding community beyond.

Bustin' for STCH Clay Shoot, benefiting children and families

Bustin’ for STCH Clay Shoot: A Day of Hope

Are you ready for an exciting day of clay shooting that makes a lasting impact? Mark your calendars for the Bustin’ for STCH clay shoot on January 27, 2024, at the picturesque White Owl Ranch, just 13 miles from Alice, Texas.

White Owl Ranch

Nestled in the heart of Texas, White Owl Ranch spans 175+ acres, providing not only breathtaking views but also abundant wildlife. It’s the perfect backdrop for a memorable clay shoot! Picture yourself surrounded by nature’s wonders as you embark on a journey impacting the lives of children and families.

Bustin' for STCH Clay Shoot, benefiting children and families

STCH Ministries

STCH Ministries serves as a beacon of hope for children and families across Texas, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador. With nine ministries, including a Homes for Children campus in Pettus and Homes for Families campuses in Goliad and Yoakum, the organization is committed to healing, restoring and transforming lives through God’s love and truth.

  • 100% privately funded: STCH Ministries has never incurred debt, ensuring their services are accessible regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.

Bustin’ for STCH: Shooting for a Purpose

Bustin’ for STCH is more than a clay shoot; it’s a chance to be part of something greater. By participating, you directly contribute to STCH Ministries’ mission of helping children and families in need through their nine impactful ministries. Join us at White Owl Ranch for a day filled with camaraderie, competition and compassion.

Bustin' for STCH Clay Shoot

Event Details

Gates Open: 7:30 am
Registration Begins: 8:00 am
Calcutta Auction: 9:15 am
First Shot: 10:00 am
Lunch: 12:30 pm
Live Auction: Featuring two quail hunts and other exciting items

Team Registration Perks

Lunch for Four Shooters:
Enjoy a delicious meal amid the camaraderie of like-minded individuals.
Entry into Giveaway:
A chance to win one of six guns.
Support a Great Cause:
A fun day that directly contributes to transforming lives.

Become a Sponsor, Be the Change

Make an even greater impact by becoming a sponsor. All proceeds from the event directly support the children and families served by STCH Ministries. Sponsorship opportunities are available at Alternatively, you can mail a check to STCH Ministries, PO Box 759, Beeville, TX 78104.

Join Us in Making a Difference

As the sun sets on White Owl Ranch after a day of camaraderie and compassion, remember that each shot fired at Bustin’ for STCH echoes with the potential to change a life. Help STCH Ministries continue their mission of healing, restoring and transforming lives. Presented by Echelon Group at White Owl Ranch, this event invites you to be a part of a narrative that transcends the ordinary, shot by shot, for the children and families. Sign up to be a sponsor or register a team at See you there!


Thank you for taking the time to read our Messenger! This Messenger is full of stories of success and achievement from some of those we are fortunate enough to serve. I wish you had the opportunity to see and understand the way God is working throughout our ministry each day. The challenges are great, but we were created to overcome!

The word believe is defined as one’s acceptance of something as true, correct or real. It could be said that once you believe, you are convinced that you know the truth. Today, we believe all sorts of ideas. We might believe that one brand of automobile is better than another, we might believe that one type of food tastes better than another or we might believe that certain types of music are the best to name a few examples. What then is correct?

What does it really mean to believe? For me, it is difficult to explain what it means to believe without understanding what it means to trust. The idea of trust can be defined as a belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something. In other words, we can’t really believe unless we trust. We have all known people who have broken our trust, that can really hurt! Becoming someone who trusts again after we have experienced hurt can be difficult.

In this Messenger, you will read stories of belief and trust, and how they were vital factors that led to success. Christina’s story is one of great difficulty but also great success. She states that in a moment of great uncertainty, she received a great blessing! We have many “Christinas” in our care now that are struggling to find their purpose and meaning, to find something to truly believe in and trust. God provided what she didn’t know she needed just at the exact moment she needed it, what an inspiration! You will also read a story about Pastor Rudy, one of the most dedicated godly men I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. It would be easy to see his vibrant church in the Dominican Republic now and not realize the challenges he faced throughout his journey. Pastor Rudy’s accomplishments are impressive, but simply put, he loves God, and he loves people.

I see many similarities between Christina’s and Pastor Rudy’s experiences. They both had to believe and trust. They had to believe in God, accept Him as their Savior and trust in His plan. They both faced serious challenges and struggles but they trusted His plan. They knew they were created for a purpose, and they marched forward boldly even in uncertain times. I know I have been challenged and motivated by their stories! While you may never meet Christina or Pastor Rudy, if you support us in any way, you are part of their story.

As we serve throughout our nine ministries, we see a pattern. The first step is healing, hearts and souls need to be healed. We have highly trained staff that the Lord uses but make no mistake the healing comes from Him. The second step is restoration, hearts and souls need to be restored and made new. The final step we see is transformation, hearts and souls need to be transformed. What an amazing privilege it is to be a part of so many stories. You make it possible for us to heal, restore and transform. Please keep the STCH Ministries team, Christina, Pastor Rudy and all those we serve in your thoughts and prayers!

Romans 8:31- What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

Trusting in God’s Plan: A Mother’s Journey of Redemption

IN JULY 2022, KLAVDIA FACED A TOUGH CHOICE to either stay in the life she knew or move to help protect herself and her children. She and her kids ended up at STCH Ministries Homes for Families Marshall Campus in Goliad, Texas, after her friend dropped her off. The circumstances leading to this moment were far from ideal and she was filled with anxiety and worry; Klavdia could not help but wonder if this was a mistake. Little did she know that this challenging journey would turn out to be a life-altering experience filled with growth, faith and unexpected blessings.

Klavdia, a resilient mother of three children, all between the ages of two and five, reflected on the turbulent days when she first arrived at Homes for Families: “In those first four days, I felt like I was being attacked. I felt miserable and nervous about the kids and how they were doing in chapel. There were a lot of anxieties and worries,” she shared.

Due to some insecurities and doubts, Klavdia decided to leave the campus. She packed up her family and asked a friend for a ride to a nearby hotel for the weekend. During their stay, Klavdia turned to her Bible to find an understanding of what God wanted for her and her children. As she began to explore her faith and seek the path forward, there was a conviction growing within her that returning to Homes for Families was a step she needed to take. Klavdia recalled that pivotal moment: “I really felt that God was leading me in that direction, and I needed to be obedient to Him.”

As Klavdia was about to return, her friend’s car broke down. Klavdia saw this as a sign from God that she needed more time to prepare herself mentally and spiritually for the journey ahead. “I felt like God was telling me I wasn’t ready and that I needed another week to submit in order to give my whole, honest self to the ministry,” Klavdia explained. It was a delay that would prove crucial in her transformation.

A week later, Klavdia and her children returned to Marshall Campus. Although she arrived with a newfound determination, her children were reserved and hesitant. Her daughter, Sasha, clung to her pacifier and bottle, a reflection of the challenges they faced before coming to Homes for Families. As they settled into the STCH Ministries community, their hearts slowly began to open as trust was built and transformation began.

For Klavdia, Homes for Families became not only a shelter but a place where her children could finally discover God’s love. Despite prior restrictions before coming to STCH Ministries, Klavdia and her children had secretly explored their faith, watching church services online in the quiet of their bathroom. Because she took a step of obedience, Klavdia’s family could now openly embrace their curiosity about God and His love and embark on a journey of faith.

However, Klavdia’s journey was not without its challenges. In the early days at Homes for Families, Klavdia had simply gone into survival mode as she went through the motions of the program. As her faith deepened, and she began to heal, Klavdia slowly transitioned from surviving to thriving. The Bible lessons, which were once a chore, had become a source of wisdom and strength.

“About five months after arriving, I felt like God was speaking to me. Even with so much going on, He gave me a clear mind. I began craving more of the Word and started applying it to my life,” she recalled.

The timing of the Bible lessons seemed almost divine. Whenever Klavdia faced a personal struggle, the lessons resonated with her and guided her through her trials. She reminisced about their first Christmas at Homes for Families and a lesson she learned in trust. In turn, Klavdia developed trust in God’s plan, and her family was blessed with an amazing trip to Florida over Christmas. “I feel like God answered so quickly because I was obedient in staying at the Homes for Families cottage,” Klavdia said. The trip was a life-changing experience for her and her children. The family they stayed with lived a simple, faith-driven life. Klavdia saw their focus on family, their wise financial decisions and their dedication to God. This experience had a profound impact on her, sparking a vision for her family’s future, offering them a glimpse into a different way of life, filled with faith, love and intentionality.

David, her oldest son, began to understand the significance of their newfound faith and took it upon himself to lead bedtime prayers. Klavdia noticed his incredible progress, not just in his faith but also in overcoming his speech difficulties. A teacher friend remarked that David was well above kindergarten level. “Hearing that was amazing. I didn’t see that before we came to Homes for Families,” Klavdia exclaimed with pride. The transformation has extended beyond David to his siblings as well. Each child has been coming out of their shell and learning about God’s love in a safe space. These days, Klavdia’s smile radiates with a newfound joy and the family’s transformations are a testament to the incredible journey they have been undertaking.

As part of her journey, Klavdia embarked on a path of healing and reconciliation, not just within her immediate family but also with her adoptive parents, rebuilding connections that were strained during her teenage years. Her past struggles have undoubtedly shaped her journey, but they have also given her the strength to confront her past and build a brighter future.

As she continues in the Homes for Families program, Klavdia faces new challenges and temptations. Yet, her commitment to healing and faith remains unwavering. She dreams of a future as a personal trainer or helping STCH Ministries with lawn care, leveraging skills she gained from her past work experiences. She also envisions writing her life story and potentially seeing it turned into a movie. Her past, her struggles and her newfound faith have given her a unique perspective on life – one she hopes to share with the world.

Klavdia’s transformation is not limited to her spiritual growth; it extends to her physical health and financial well-being. She has embraced healthier eating habits for herself and her family, as she has revised her previous tendency to microwave all of their meals. She’s learned to distinguish between needs and wants – a lesson that has impacted her finances drastically. The STCH Ministries Faith & Finances class on campus has further equipped her with valuable financial management skills.

Her message to other moms who may be hesitant about coming to Homes for Families is one of faith, sacrifice and trust: “Scripture says that Satan comes to steal and destroy. I feel like whenever you come to a safe area, Satan attacks you. It will be hard when you can’t see the whole picture so you have to trust that you will overcome the attacks.”

In the process of writing this story, Klavdia made the decision to leave Homes for Families. Shortly after leaving, she came back even stronger in her faith. Klavdia shared, “I am still making mistakes but willing to push forward and correct my mistakes. I am still in the process but willing to continue to walk in God’s will, surrendering completely.”

Klavdia’s story exemplifies that redemption is possible for everyone, regardless of their past. It is a story of faith, resilience and the transformative power of God’s love. Her journey is a testament to the fact that even in the darkest of times, there is a path to light and hope, and it starts with trust in God’s plan.

Ripples of Change: An Impact that Transcends Decades

“Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone;

But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,

Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea.

And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.”

– James W Foley

A MOMENT IN TIME, an action by one person can change the trajectory of a life and cause a ripple effect, much like a pebble in the water, with the lasting impact unseen. For Christina, a moment in October 1994 changed her life forever, but the impact would span decades to reach multiple lives, families and generations to come.

From a young age, Christina faced many difficult situations. Child Protective Services separated her and her four younger sisters from their parents. After spending years moving from foster home to foster home, the state legally terminated Christina’s parents’ rights to all of their children. The girls were then given a big decision to make, go to their aunt’s home in Ohio or remain within the foster care system in Texas. Christina, age 16 at the time, asked if she could stay in Texas even if that meant moving to a different home, away from her sisters. After making this difficult decision, Christina was told she would move to STCH Ministries Homes for Children.

While driving out to Boothe Campus in Pettus, Texas, Christina realized how remote the campus was and how it felt like they were putting her in the middle of nowhere to keep her out of trouble. However, as they pulled onto the campus, her thoughts shifted. “I remember pulling up and thinking, ‘Wow! This is beautiful.’ But I was still apprehensive. This was much nicer than any home I ever lived in,” Christina recalled. Upon her arrival, she moved into Faith Cottage with her houseparents, the Thompsons. Christina instantly felt welcome in her new home, but she still had fears and reservations.

Once settled in, Christina started to let her guard down, she recognized no matter what, she was going to remain at Homes for Children. “I realized I could either be happy about being here or I could be grumpy about being here. And if I am grumpy about being here then I am just making everybody’s life really bad,” Christina shared. As time went on, Christina observed as her houseparents handled situations in the cottage with love, and she watched as they prayed before every meal and again in the evenings. She noticed something different about them and wanted to see the difference in herself. After much prayer and conversation, Christina chose to give her life to Christ and was baptized at New Life Church in Beeville. Her life was now marked with new meaning.

After her baptism, Christina considered how she could change herself to reflect Christ but not change herself so much that she became unrecognizable. Sports and friends were important parts of her life and, at that time, priorities. Although finding a balance between her existing life and new faith was a challenge, Christina found a way to juggle both in a way that glorified God and reflected Jesus through her actions. Although she did not engage in personal Bible studies, she cherished the cottage devotionals her houseparents led. As Christina matured, she realized the importance of studying the Bible as a household. Even in the moments when she swayed from God, she found peace in these practices that were instilled in her; she even incorporates these devotional times with her family to this day.

In May 1996, Christina graduated from Pettus High School and started the next chapter of her life. She moved to Corpus Christi and began attending Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. There she studied psychology with plans of opening her own counseling practice to counsel foster youth. While in school, she met her husband, Jerome. Eager to begin their lives together, they were married only a few days after graduation. Christina often reminisces about how important it was to her that her housepop from Homes for Children walked her down the aisle at their wedding; even after leaving Boothe Campus the relationship between Christina and her houseparents continued to deepen.

Shortly after their wedding, Christina and Jerome found out they were expecting! Christina was elated to start a family of her own where she could hand down the love she received while at Homes for Children. It was important to both Christina and Jerome to share with their children not only the love they have for them but also the unconditional love that Christ has for them.

After starting a family, Christina continued her education at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and received her master’s degree in counseling. Soon after finishing her counseling certification hours, Christina realized that counseling was not the path God was calling her down, and in turn, she started working for Lutheran Family Services in Corpus Christi as the director of the Preparation for Adult Living Program for foster youth. A few years later, Christina and her family moved to San Antonio where she started working for Alamo Colleges. This became a great way for her to impact the lives of foster youth in their next stage of life. Through this process, she decided she wanted to further pursue her own higher education and began attending Lamar University. In August 2023, Christina received her doctorate degree in educational leadership.

Today, Christina is the Director of Alamo Colleges District Welcome Center and District-Wide Onboarding. She and Jerome have three beautiful children: a son and two daughters, and faithfully attend and serve at Journey Church in San Antonio. Christina uses her past experiences to speak to children in foster care and those who have aged out of the system. She frequently shares with them that their circumstances do not define who they are or who they will become. She recognizes that much of her success in life is due to the life change she experienced while at Homes for Children and the relationship she built with Christ; she strives to enact the same change within the lives of foster youth that she encounters every day. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without my houseparents. I would say that that came from the Biblical principles which STCH Ministries fostered to create a solid foundation for who I am,” Christina shared.

Christina does not share her story seeking accolades, rather she shares it to bring light to what the impact one pebble dropped in the water can have. In Christina’s own words, “I really want people to understand the impact of what they’ve done to change a life because they didn’t change one life, they changed my husband’s life, they changed my kids’ lives, they’ve changed lives of people I’ve interacted with, and they’re going to continue to change people’s lives. Thank you to the staff at STCH Ministries. Thank you to my houseparents. Thank you to the people that donated to make sure we could function, and we could have the commissary. You didn’t realize the lives that you’ve changed due to that one little pebble that you dropped.”

Throughout her childhood, Christina faced many decisions that could have drastically changed the trajectory of her life. She thanks God for placing her on Boothe Campus because, as she explains, in one of the roughest moments of her life she received the greatest blessing.

Christina is still very close with her houseparents, whom she calls “Mom and Pop,” as well as her Child Protective Services caseworker. Christina thanks the three of them for believing in her, supporting her and pushing her to be the best she can be; she will never stop sharing her story and reminding people that what you do today can impact someone for generations to come.