Small Beginnings

plumbline : a line with a plumb attached to it, used for finding the depth of water or determining the vertical on an upright surface.

plumbline: a line with a plumb attached to it, used for finding the depth of water or determining the vertical on an upright surface.

Zechariah 4:9-10

Zerubbabel is the one who laid the foundation of this Temple, and he will complete it. Then you will know that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has sent me. 10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”

There is a story in the Hebrew scriptures about the building of the temple, and consequently the entire city of Jerusalem. 70 years earlier, the kingdom of Babylon had destroyed the Jewish temple and city. But the God of Israel, was bringing his people back home to rebuild. Prophets, priests, teachers, craftsmen; all would have a part to play in this reconstruction project.

Chief among those involved in the project was a man named Zerubbabel. He would serve as governor, and was given the task of leading this restoration project. However, things were moving slow. The project faced many challenges and set backs. The people who had returned from exile were disappointed. What if God's promises to them could not be trusted? The foundations had been laid, but what if the project was never completed?

But God inspired hope in the people with these simple words. "Do not despise these small beginnings. The Lord rejoices to see the work begin, the plumb line in Zerubabbel's hand." Plumb lines were used to make sure things were straight, vertical and upright. The tedious work of measuring again and again before laying the ground work was necessary to ensure that structures were built with integrity on secure foundations.

In many ways, it feels like Square Inch has been doing a lot of work with a plumb line for the past few years. We have worked hard to create a faith formation, leadership development and community engagement program that will continue leading transformation in our neighborhood. We've worked hard, but in some seasons, results have been slow. But those words ring true for us as well. "Do not despise small things."

Today, our dreams, though small, are becoming reality. Today, we officially kick off orientation for our initial cohort of SALT Scholars. We have recruited, interviewed, and selected 3 students from Texas Southern University to be a part of our program! Small beginnings, but beginnings that we know our Creator rejoices and sings over! And we join that song and rejoice in our humble beginnings. We will be introducing them to our community next month.

Please join us in praying for:

  • A meaningful and safe time at our orientation in Galveston, TX.

  • For our students to be refreshed and energized for the yearlong process of formation in the 2019/2020 school year.

  • Our neighborhood, the historic Third Ward. That through Square Inch, the kingdom of God would continue to become tangible, here on earth as it is in heaven.


Thank you all for your partnership in our work!

Blessings,
John


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Address Update:

Square Inch Houston now has a new mailing address.

Please update your records to ensure that we receive mail from you. Thank You!

Square Inch Houston
P.O. Box 88298
Houston, TX 77288


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John Eigege
Board President


John provides general leadership and oversight of Square Inch Houston. John also serves as a Community Chaplain, ministering through prayer and presence in Houston’s historic Third Ward.

Introducing the SALT Program!

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Matthew 5:13

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot."

Scripture calls us the salt of the earth. That means, followers of Jesus have a unique role in the work that Christ is doing. We are the salt of the earth. Like salt, we preserve things that are good, making them last longer. Like salt, we purify things that have been contaminated. And like salt, we enhance flavor,adding taste and making things better.

The Square Inch Scholarship for Academics, Leadership and Transformation (SALT) Program is a yearlong Discipleship, Leadership Formation, and Community Engagement initiative that offers college students an opportunity to be mentored and invested in by local community leaders in the Greater Third Ward. Surrounded by a supportive network, these students will be shaped into wholehearted justice-driven leaders who take ownership of the social and spiritual renewal of the Greater Third Ward community.

Last month, Square Inch Houston received received a $3,500 Innovation Grant by participation in Foundations of Christian Leadership through Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

Leadership Education aims to create lasting change in U.S. congregations by supporting Christian leaders and the institutions they serve. They design educational services, develop intellectual resources, and facilitate networks of institutions that cultivate a coherent vision of Christian institutional leadership and form Christian leaders.

Leadership Education is a non-degree-granting initiative of Duke Divinity School funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and based in Durham, N.C.

We have started receiving applications for the SALT Program from students at Texas Southern University. We are exited for the applicants we have so far, and will stop receiving applications on May 30. After that, we'll interview our applicants and make final selections mid-summer, with orientation beginning in August.

In the coming months, we will be reaching out to other partner organizations, churches and individuals. Your continued support for our initiative gives us hope for the opportunities that will take shape as Square Inch Houston continues to grow into its mission: "Mobilizing wholehearted, justice driven leaders for the social and spiritual renewal of communities."

Thank you all for your partnership in our work!

Blessings,
John


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John Eigege
Board President


John provides general leadership and oversight of Square Inch Houston. John also serves as a Community Chaplain, ministering through prayer and presence in Houston’s historic Third Ward.

With Gratitude

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At Square Inch, we are grateful for our neighbors, our partners, and the amazing calling etched into the fabric of our organization. We are also thankful for YOU! Our amazing network of friends and supporters are the ones who keep us going! Join Square Inch Houston in forming wholehearted, justice driven leaders for the social and spiritual renewal of communities

Consider giving a Special Gift or becoming one of our Sustaining Partners through monthly giving by November 27th #GivingTuesday. Visit www.squareinchhouston.org/give to learn more. 


Speaking about reconciliation to Impact Movement students.

Speaking about reconciliation to Impact Movement students.

Recently, John Eigege participated in a conversation hosted by the Impact Movement that sought reconciliation, understanding, and stronger partnerships between African, Black (African American) and Caribbean students.

Square Inch is deeply committed to the reconciling work of Jesus, and this was a great opportunity to share our work in transformation by inviting young, black leaders to join us in taking ownership for the transformation of communities like 3rd Ward and our local campuses. 

Your partnership helps us continue to inspire the next generation of leadership to remain in our communities to live and lead. Please click on the "Give" button below and partner with us in forming leaders who transform communities!


As seasons change...

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As the seasons change in Houston, we at Square Inch can’t help but look back and take note of the developments God has seen us through over the last few months. Our board has increased in strength, action, and number! The growth in number came as we welcomed Ross Hampton to the team. Ross’ passion for Christ, construction management, and the community of Houston has drawn him to become our newest board member.

Square Inch has grown in knowledge and strength, too. We were blessed with the opportunity to partner with a supporter of our organization whose talent in non-profit management was leveraged to lead our Board Development Retreat. Over the course of the retreat, our team learned how an effective board thinks, and began implementing strategies to do our transformational work. This retreat left the team feeling motivated -- ready to define our goals and put them into action!

The momentum from the retreat moved our Facilities Committee to action. With a reinvigorated desire to serve Third Ward and work with college students, they are now committed to seeking out a quarterly service project that facilitates connection between students and the neighborhood. With a group of six Rice University students, the team spent a Saturday in September revitalizing a small church in the community. Wall paper removal is a very tasking job!

As I recount the last months, and look forward to the upcoming season of "Thankfulness," my heart is filled with gratitude. I am grateful for the support that has come from friends of the organization. I am grateful for the opportunities we have had to love and serve Houston's historic Third Ward neighborhood. And this gives me hope for the opportunities that will take shape as Square Inch continues to grow into its mission: "Mobilizing wholehearted, justice driven leaders for the social and spiritual renewal of communities."

Thank you all for your partnership in our work! 

Blessings,
Brytani


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Brytani Hinson
Board Member

Brytani currently serves on the Programming Committee on the Square Inch Houston board. Brytani is responsible for Curriculum Development for Square Inch.

Because of you...

Our initiative seeks to form whole hearted, justice-shaped leaders for the social and spiritual renewal of communities. Watch the video to see how you can join us in fulfilling this mission.

Because of your partnership, God is moving Square Inch Houston from vision to reality.
Thank You!

Dear friends,

Last year, we set out on a journey to establish a non-profit organization that would help us fulfill a specific mission in Houston's historic Third Ward;Mobilizing wholehearted, justice driven leaders for the social and spiritual renewal of communities. 

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Last year, your support enabled us to form an official non-profit organization and recruit a board of directors with a wide range of skills who volunteer their time to make sure our initiative runs smoothly, even without staff. 

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In partnership with New Life Christian Reformed Church,  your support continues to help us pay for land in the neighborhood that will support the residential portion of our leadership formation initiative in the future. Through your generosity, we were able to demolish the old building on the land and now have a blank slate to dream about the future.

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Because of you, we are engaged in conversation with partners in our neighborhood about piloting a leadership formation initiative with two students from local universities by Spring 2019, with the hope of rolling out the full program by Fall of 2020! 

Thank you so much! As we continue to move forward, we know we cannot do what God has called us to do without your support. This month, we begin a new ministry year. We are looking to expand our partnership base to include the following monthly gifts.

$500/month: 2 people
$250/month: 4 people
$100/month: 10 people
$50/ month: 10 people
$25/month: 10 people
Other: 4 people

Consider joining our team of "Sustaining Partners." We do our work because of people like you, and your support is invaluable! Click on the link below to form leaders who transform communities!