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Making Disciples

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"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."  Matthew 28:19-20  

Jesus was clear in his commands to share the gospel with the entire world.  So why are we not obeying his command?

Maybe its because we don't know where to go. 
Recent studies show that 75% of people living in Brazoria county do not have a personal relationship with Jesus.  I'm sure the statistics are very similiar wherever you live.  Go next door, or down the street.  Share Jesus' love with everyone you meet. 

Maybe its because we don't know what to say.
There are many different methods you can use to help you in sharing the gospel.  Whether you use a method you've learned, or just tell others about your personal experiences, speak from the heart.  People will listen when they know you truly care about them.

Maybe its because we're afraid of failure.
Billy Graham said, "Nowhere do the Scriptures tell us to seek results, nor do the Scriptures rebuke evangelists if the results are meager."  Jesus gives us the command to go, but the results are up to the Holy Spirit.

Graham also said, "Evangelism is not a calling reserved exclusively for the clergy. I believe one of the greatest priorities of the church today is to mobilize the laity to do the work of evangelism."  If you're interested in being more intentional about sharing the gospel and are looking for a place to plug in, consider joining us at Texas Port Ministry. The opportunities for ministry in the Freeport Harbor Community continue to increase, and we need additional volunteers.  We want to help you and your church to follow Jesus' command to make disciples of all nations.

"You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem (port workers) and in all Judea and Samaria (truck drivers), and to the end of the earth (seafarers)."  Acts 1:8  

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

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As we look back on 2012 we remember some of the seafarers, truck drivers, and port workers that we ministered to during the year.  As we look ahead to 2013 we're reminded of the great opportunity that remains for ministry in the Freeport Harbor Community.

Though we're facing changes in funding, our mission, core values, and vision remain the same.

Texas Port Ministry of Freeport exists to providespiritual, social, and physical care to the Freeport Harbor Community.

The essential core values of Texas Port Ministry are:

  • Spiritual care is the first priority.
  • Church participation in support of the ministry.
  • Volunteers in the implementation of the ministry.
  • Cooperation with harbor authorities.

Texas Port Ministry's Vision 20/20:  God's Plan for the Freeport Harbor Community
Provide Spiritual Care to the people of
Every ship
Every truck
Every area
 of the Harbor Community
Through partnerships with Every church

Will you consider partnering with us as a prayer warrior, volunteer, and/or financial donor to help us in Shipping the Good News around the World in 2013?

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Christmas Blessings

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I wish that you could be here to see the faces on the seafarers and truck drivers when they receive a Christmas gift from one of our volunteers.  We see so many different reactions.  Some of them are surprised that we care enough to give a gift to someone we've never met before.  Some of them are suspicious, wondering if there's a catch to the gift.  And some of them are as excited as children on Christmas morning.  Regardless of their initial reaction, everyone been thankful for the gift and for our volunteers who care enough to give their time to distribute the gifts.  The seafarers and truck drivers don't always realize how many people are behind that gift.  So many of you are a big part of the gifts that we give at Christmas and throughout the year.  Your prayers, encouragement, volunteer efforts, and financial resources make everything that we do at Texas Port Ministry possible.  Without you, we simply can't function. 

I wish that you could be here to see OUR faces when we open the mail and find a note of encouragement or a check to help fund the ministry.  Or when we get an email that says someone has prayed for us, or given a financial donation online.  Whether the gift is large or small, every gift is important to us and helps in Shipping the Good News around the World.  Thank you for your partnership with Texas Port Ministry!

Will you consider increasing your partnership with us?  Whether that means that you become a volunteer, give a financial donation, increase what you have been giving, or add us to your regular prayer list, we need your help to ensure the opportunity for ministry to the 23,000 seafarers, 150,000 truck drivers, and numerous port workers in the Freeport Harbor Community.

You are a blessing to us!  Thank you!

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Operation: Extending Hands

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When we get involved in missions work, whether by praying for missions, giving to missions, or doing missions, we tend to think of the people we are directly helping.  For Texas Port Ministry, that means we think of the seafarers, truck drivers, and port workers we minister to in the Freeport Harbor Community.  But every once in a while we hear about how something we have done or some item we have given goes on to help in places we never imagined.

A few years ago we heard that a seafarer had taken a JESUS Film DVD home to his family.  His high school aged son enjoyed the movie so much he decided to take it to school to show his teacher.  The principal of the school in the Philippines watched the movie and was so moved by it that he decided to show it to the entire student body.  When that ship visitor gave out that JESUS Film DVD that day, or when people gave financially to help purchase that DVD, I'm sure they never imagined the journey it would take or the impact it would make.

Last year we had a visit from the crew of the MAERSK WESTPORT.  They came to Texas Port Ministry around the same time that we received a large donation of clothing.  They asked if they could have the clothes and we gladly gave them several large bags of clothes to take with them.  We assumed that they would divide the clothing among themselves and maybe even take some home to their families.  We never imagined what would really happen!

The chief cook, Arnold, emailed us earlier this week to share the story of these clothes.  Here is what he said:
Greetings my brothers and sisters in Christ, My name is Arnold S. Poblete, last year I was the chief cook of Maersk Westport under the command of Capt.
Salvador Acol. we are all Filipinos an board.  last December the Officers and Crew of M/V Maersk Westport under the Command of Capt. Salvador Acol extend our hands to some of those homeless in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica.  The stuff that you gave to us, those clothing's and some personal items that you shared to us we shared it to those whose really in need of help.

I'm attaching some of the pictures taken during the said "OPERATION EXTENDING  HANDS"

My best regards to all
Chief Cook: Poblete, Arnold S.

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Why Port Ministry?

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With so many different ministry focuses to so many different people groups, why should anyone consider port ministry?  Why should port ministry be important to Christians?  With so many other places competing for ministry dollars, why should we consider giving to port ministry?

Dr. Chuck Kelly of New Orleans Baptist Seminary said, "Port ministries have the fastest access to the ends of the earth."  At Texas Port Ministry alone we encounter over 23,000 seafarers from over 50 different countries of the world each year.  Some of those countries have little to no access to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  When those seafarers visit Freeport, Texas, they are visited by a volunteer from Texas Port Ministry.  That volunteer takes New Testaments, evangelistic tracts, Jesus Film DVDs, and other tools of the gospel in the seafarer's heart language to the ship.  Seafarers take these resources, many times enthusiastically, read them and take them home to share with their friends and families.  In this way the gospel is introduced into countries where missionaries have difficulting going.

Each year over 150,000 trucks enter the dry cargo area at Port Freeport.  Texas Port Ministry ministers to many of these men and women by providing personal care items, shower facilities, Bibles, and audio CDs.  As we've engaged more and more truck drivers, we've discovered that many of them have immigrated here from other countries and still have families there.  Having Bibles and other resources in various languages has been helpful in meeting the needs of these drivers.  Drivers are alone and isolated so much of the time that they enjoy opportunties to sit and visit with other people.  Our volunteers provide a listening ear and lively conversation which often turns to spiritual matters and sometimes even to gospel presentations.  The gospel of Jesus often drives away from Texas Port Ministry on 18 wheels.

Every week we have over 30 port workers eat lunch with us.  Several more of these come back for Bible study later in the week.  Every time we enter or leave the port facilities we see many of these same workers.  Our Monday Meals ministry has opened the doors for us to form meaningful relationships with many of these men and women who live and work right here in our area.  When accidents happen and prayer is needed, they know they can contact us for support and encouragement.  Our goal is to share the love of Christ with workers at the port and help to connect them with area churches.

Texas Port Ministry stands on the front lines of missions.  Through our ministry to the Freeport Harbor Community we're able to fulfill God's command to us in Acts 1:8 to be witnesses in Jerusalem (to port workers) in Judea and Samaria (to truck drivers) and to the ends of the earth (to seafarers).

Why port ministry?  The answer is obvious.  The better question might be:  How can I get involved in port ministry?

Contact us and we'll help you answer that.  979-233-5641 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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