This past summer 2023 our children participated in a creative writing expression camp hosted by iWRITE. iWRITE is a nonprofit literacy organization that helps kids write their success story.
In partnership with The Mission of Yahweh, iWRITE offered hands-on literary activities to bolster self-reflection and creativity. As we all know, when students are engaged in self-discovery and encouraged to explore their interests, cognitive development is nurtured.
Our Campers in grades 1st-9th had opportunity to explore their creativity through the lens of writing and illustration with iWRITE's Education Manager, Sheri Jacobs and iWRITE's illustrator, Ryan Shaw. This two-week camp took place from July 31 to August 10, 2023. It was sponsored by Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and Houston PiBetaPhi Alumnae Club and held at MOY Learning Center.
The camp culminated a published book filled with 14 of our campers' work of a collection of poems and drawings from the children in our care. 2 of our campers are winners of the publishing contest and will be attending the iWRITE Gala and Book Signing Event at the Marriott Marquis on November 11, 2023!
The Mission of Yahweh does not receive any proceeds on the sale of this book..
Click on the image of the book if you would like to purchase!
Picture this. It’s Wednesday night, about 6:50 pm. All the chores are finished, everyone has been fed and the kitchen is cleaned. Suddenly, a sea of yellow t-shirts begin moving slowly on the backs of 30 or more women walking toward the dining room for a meeting of sisters.
Imagine … one *Autistic child, frustrated and only speaking in single words to express his needs and a single mom, 9 months pregnant with her second child and living with a man who was making her question the safety of her children.
Helen Gay lived in a neighborhood filled with broken families, hungry children and poverty was abound.
It was her vision from God that started her on a mission to feed the hungry, and house those who needed a place to lay their head.
In 1961 she quit her job as a hair dresser and answered God's calling. She started feeding the children in the neighborhood, then started taking them in to stay and before you know it, she had even adopted 24 of those children.
Churches reached out to help her and in 1971 a board of directors was formed and by 1972 a corporate charter granted by the State of Texas.
What started with one little shot gun house in a run down neighborhood, now has become a 12 building campus, that not only houses over 400 women each year, serves over 4000 meals per month - but also feeds over 500 families in the community twice a year as well.
Sister Gay passed away in 2008, however her legacy lives on. The Mission can now house over 120 women and children and we hope to have another dormatory added in the near future.