This one was full of love, restoration, friendships, connectivity, and the common pursuit of empowering women to share their passions to heal the nation!
This past week, we were able to break bread, laugh, cry, dance, swim, help with a monthly Chicktime activity, relax and pray with the Chicktime Chapter leaders from Galveston, Katy, Humble, Corpus, Mission, Canyon Lake, Bulverde, San Marcos, New Braunfels, Boerne and San Antonio!
These ladies take our breath away! Their selfless acts of service in their communities is simply beautiful! I love being connected to women all over the United States who believe the revolution begins with us!! Come Kingdom build with us!
“When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole.” – Rachel Remen
Our time with the kids this month was over-the-top special. We had so much fun playing games and sharing food together.
Everyone seemed connected….
We know our workshop was God approved…
We felt HIS presence….
And so did the kids…..
We also talked to the kids about the resent school shooting as it was in all of our minds.
We encouraged then to let people know if they were hurting,
We told them that it was OK to not be OK and that it was ok to ask for help.
We also encouraged them to be “That” person that reaches out to those who seem lost and lonely, to speak up against bullying any and every time they encountered it.
But most importantly we let them know that God loves them and they we loved them.
We made ourselves available during the event to them and several came up to us and shared some of their stories and some of their pain.
We need to pray for our children,
They are indeed hurting.
God always provides…..
From the heart…
Well this past week I was really sweating it because my cousin passed away and I knew I needed to go to Mexico for his funeral! It was Chicktime Weekend and Diana, our other Chicktitime co-learder, could not attend because her daughter had her first volleyball tournament of the season and my sister had her granddaughters birthday party and well let’s just say there were a lot of obstacles to me leaving for a family funeral and Chicktime happening!!
I called my cousin Ana, who was signed up as the monthly leader and had been coming faithfully for over a year now and asked her if she thought she could do it alone ~(she was bringing two volunteers with her) her two nieces Abby and Andréa Arriata. She said “of course cousin”!
She did an amazing job, she said that when she got there she could hear the girls inside saying “it’s Chicktime, Chicktime is here”
The experience was life changing for the new volunteers and they can’t wait to come back. The devil wanted Chicktime Galveston not to happen this past Saturday, but God is so much more powerful.
We continute to build our Chicktime chapter and are so grateful when GOD provides just the right amount of volunteers to put on our monthly activity….with or without me!
All for HIS glory,
We had an amazing time of fellowship with the girls.
We shared the love of Christ with them.
There were tears, there were hugs and we “reached” them…
What an amazing feeling when we see their reluctance to join in become enthusiasm.
These girls are from all over the United States and now they know that there is a Chicktime Chapter in a lot of different cities and they can always come to any chapter and they will be loved and they will be helped!
One girl from California said that when she went back she was going to do something like us~
She was going to help others!!
They got our message~Praise God!
Our worst, our broken pieces is all He needs to help us reach others and to make something beautiful!!
So much can happen when you gather in LOVE!!
Our January workshop was powerful testimony of LOVE!
We had the girls write something positive about all the people in the room
AND then a positive about themselves!
We read each affirmation out loud and the look of joy and smiles from the girls were priceless as they heard positive things about themselves.
We talked about empowerment
And speaking positively about their lives.
Jennifer shared her life story and the girls really bonded with her.
It was a God filled afternoon.
It would be our honor if you joined us next month at our YOGA workshop!
Our annual Christmas Posada was humbling and full of wonder!
The word posada means “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish and in this tradition, the Bible story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and their search for a place to stay is re-enacted or celebrated. There are different ways to have the festivity of the posada, but we believe at Chicktime Galveston that the children and families we serve find “shelter” in our workshops and feel the love of Christ by coming to our “inn” every month.
It’s always with great love and excitement that we have our annual Posada, but it’s pure joy to provide “shelter” every month!
This month was full of new beginnings….
Our charity partner moved locations and this brought about a different way we were going to serve!
New place, new kids, new dynamics, new challenges….
With all the unknown, we decided to softly have Chicktime November and not really announce our workshop to access things and get a better feel of our new~ Chicktime!
We should of known that when we place it in God’s hands it’s taken care of~ Faith over Fear!!
These pictures don’t show the love and grace that was present in our workshop…
These pictures don’t show the hurt and broken girls laughing and talking and having hope in their heart…
But believe us….It was all there!! God was in the house!
New place, new kids, new dynamics, new challenges….Yes!!
But we have an awesome opportunity to be HIS hands and feet and through HIM offer new life!!
These wonderful volunteers showed up to help us make jewelry and do a little free art!
And maybe eat a few desserts…..
It’s amazing how every month the workshops just keep getting better and better! Not because of the activity, but because of the love and joy that is in the room when Chicktime Galveston is going on!!
Check us out next month!
We love to be His hands and feet!
Thank you all of our “Chicktime Angels” that donated school supplies, toiletries, clothing for the new baby girls, and other clothing that was set up “garage style” for the families to go through and get for free.
We served a total of 15 families!!!!
Thank you to everyone who helped to make Chicktime July so special for the children and families of the Family Crisis Center! It was hot outside but we sure did have fun!!
We had a bouncy house for the children to run wild in & we even had face painting for them to enjoy!
We hope to see YOU at Chicktime August where we will be hosting a Back 2 School Supply Drive for the children.
It is done father, thank you for allowing us to be your hands and feet.
We were blessed today to be with the awesome families at the family crisis center.
Our greatest gratitude to Galveston ILA, College of the Mainland PEERS and all the wonderful volunteers who donated their time and toys for the Family crisis center, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!
We hope YOU will join us for Chicktime January!
Thank you to everyone who attended Chicktime November! We had such a blessed time at the shelter’s new facility! We asked the families to write one thing they were thankful for and some of them gave us whole lists! It put our lives in perspective. How often we forget to be thankful for what we do have. In the middle of his homelessness these families choose to be thankful for some of the most important things in life…family first!!
We hope YOU will join us for Chicktime December when we host our 2nd Annual Chicktime Galveston Posada!
Chicktime Galveston chapter would like to thank all of the volunteers that came to help this month! As some of you know, Chicktime Galveston has undergone a lot of changes in the past few months and we had to put our shelter visits on hold. Our transition has not gone as smoothly as we had hoped but we have kept the faith that our visits would continue. This month, we were finally back at the shelter serving the families! While we are still praying that the shelter can find a more permanent place for the families needing temporary assistance, we are certainly happy that we got to serve them!
The children at the shelter are such a blessing to be around and were craving Chicktime! In today’s age of selfies and Snapchats, taking pictures of anything and everything is normal but the children we serve are not living a life of what we would call normal. They were so excited just to have a picture taken of their hand as they colored! The families were so very thankful that we were there and the kids were ecstatic to get a hot meal! They asked us over and over again if Chicktime could be every day or every weekend. We served 49 kids and 29 adults this month and we had 15 volunteers in attendance! We saw a lot of hope and faith on the faces in the room at Chicktime this month. Not only from the kids but also the parents! We are blessed and honored to serve at the shelter!
Chicktime Galveston has been serving at the Children’s Center Family Crisis Center in Galveston since October of 2013. The mission of our Galveston Chapter is sharing the love of Jesus and confidence building! We visit the shelter monthly and bring food and fun activities including crafts, character visits, story time, skits, bible stories, dance, and more! If you are interested in serving with us we would love for you to join us! For more info on volunteering with our chapter please email email@example.com or phone (409)877-6587
We had fun decorating hearts! We also talked about the true meaning of love from the bible. Some of the parents even participated in the activity. Thanks to all the volunteers who came out and shared their love with the children and their families.
We hosted a Christmas Posada for the children and their families at the shelter! The families enjoyed food, gifts, pinata, and fellowship! Thank you to all of our volunteers and donors! This event would not have been possible without them! A great BIG thanks to our wonderful co-leader Elvia Gomez and her family for organizing the event!
Thanks to the following people:
The kids and families were excited to decorate pumpkins! They also enjoyed breakfast and praying ! Thanks to Co-Leader Elvia Gomez, and volunteers Jennifer and Taylor for serving!
This month we did a cookie decorating activity! The kids enjoyed it and we had fun helping! Looking forward to our October visit and activity! Thanks to Flo, Shannon for leading and to our volunteers who showed up to help!
Our school supply drive was a success! Thank you to volunteer Elvia Gomez for leading this event! If you are interested in donating supplies we are still accepting donations email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our first annual Summer Fun Day was a complete success! The families had a blast and were very thankful! This event would not have been possible without our amazing volunteers and contributors (see list below) We are looking forward to next year!
Thank you to the following contributors:
The Island Party Rentals – www.theislandpartyrentals.net Bounce houses and snow cone machine
In Him Ministries (The White Family) – live entertainment and trumpet performance
Michael Rowe “Epic Mic” – Christian Rapper
Adrian Allen – Face Painting
Lucy Reyes – Miss Galveston Latina – Craft activities for children
Also a BIG thanks to the Shirley Harrison the director of the Family Crisis Center and her staff for allowing us to have this event outside of the shelter!
The children enjoyed coffee filter art! Thanks to our volunteers who served! It’s always a blessing to see the children smile and laugh! This time they were even dancing to worship music! Thank you Jesus we are always welcomed by the staff and parents every month!
Fifteen kids ages 2-13 had fun completing a confidence building art project! We enjoyed working with them and we are so thankful the shelter and their parents welcome us in! Thanks to new volunteer Jenna for signing up to serve this month!
The kids had fun making crowns representing Jesus our King and attaching words that describe how Jesus sees us! They also took turns sharing what they made and the positive words they used to describe themselves. Always a joy to see smiles on their faces!
We serve the 4th Saturday of every month at a local family shelter. The next time we serve will be on April 25th at 11:00! We are still planning the next activity, but whatever it is we always make sure it’s fun and that we share the love of Jesus and incorporate confidence building! We’re always looking for more volunteers, leaders, and ideas so please join us! For information on how to participate and become a volunteer please contact Leticia Sablan (409)877-6587 or email email@example.com
We had fun helping the kids make Easter bunnies! Our most favorite part was reminding them of the real meaning of Easter JESUS and His resurrection! They had so much fun and we enjoyed the smiles and loving on the children! Thank you to Tammy who volunteered to lead the event and to Flo and Shannon for helping! Chicktime Galveston is blessed to have amazing volunteers who have a true passion for serving at this shelter! THANK YOU LADIES!!
Our first annual Faith Conference was a success! Many thanks to all the speakers, singers, musicians, volunteers, and contributors who participated! We are looking forward to bringing more confidence building activities to the current shelter we serve at! We also look forward to giving back to other ministries in our community this year! Keep checking back on our monthly posts to see what’s going on with Chicktime Galveston!
We have a great time serving donuts and juice to 10 children at the shelter. We enjoyed hearing them talk about what they want to be when they grow up! So heart warming to hear our future police officers, pro soccer players, cosmetologists, and doctors talk about their goals and dreams! Sorry we weren’t able to get pictures this time around, but we guarantee they were all smiles!
We meet the 4th Saturday of every month which will be January 24th. We have a fun activity planned with the children! We’re always looking for more volunteers, leaders, and ideas so please join us! For information on how to participate and become a volunteer please contact Leticia Sablan (409)877-6587 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We had fun singing Christmas Carols with the children and serving them hot cocoa with cookies! Thanks to singer/songwriter Lyda Plummer for taking time out to sing! The children enjoyed it!
We usually meet the 4th Saturday of every month, but this month FOR DECEMBER ONLY we will meet on the 3rd Saturday. Musician and songwriter Lyda Plummer will be singing Christmas Carols and we will be serving hot cocoa and cookies!
We’re always looking for more volunteers, leaders, and ideas so please join us! For information on how to participate and become a volunteer please contact Leticia Sablan (409)877-6587 or email email@example.com
This month we did a fun “I am” confidence builder activity then the kids had a surprise visit from the famous “Minion” character! They had fun drawing and speaking positive words about themselves. They also had a blast watching the minion dance! It’s always a joy to see smiles on their faces! Due to shelter guidelines we are unable to post pictures of the children’s faces.
We meet the 4th Saturday of every month. Our next volunteer opportunity will be on November 22nd. We will doing a “Minion” arts and craft project and the children will have a surprise visit from a “Minion” character! We’re always looking for more volunteers, leaders, and ideas so please join us! For information on how to participate and become a volunteer please contact Leticia Sablan (409)877-6587 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For our October activity we did things a little different! We partnered up with Elijah Rising Ministries in Houston and participated in their Human Trafficking 101 van tour. We went on a tour of the streets of Houston where Human Trafficking is heavy. We also toured the Elijah Rising headquarters where the first Modern Day Slavery museum is in the works of being created!We were able to pray with the staff for victims of human trafficking. We will be participating in more activities with this amazing ministry!
ADDED VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 18th
We will have our regularly scheduled volunteer activity at the shelter on October 25th at 11:00 a.m. We have also added another opportunity on this Saturday October 18th. We will be visiting Elijah Rising Ministries in Houston and participating in their Human Trafficking 101 van tour. Van tour starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. If you are interested in attending there are only a few seats left. Please contact Leticia to register or for more information at (409)877-6587 or email@example.com
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY CANCELLED!
Our volunteer activity scheduled for September 9/27 will be cancelled. We will be meeting again on our regularly scheduled 4th Saturday October 24th, 2014. Please check back for news and reminders about October. Thank you!
The kids were able to experience a fun zumba kids session! They were all a little shy at first, but it didn’t take long for them to warm up! What a joy to see all the smiles, laughs, and dancing! Thanks to Kristie Mata and her daughter Dakota for donating their time! They did such a fabulous job with the kids and even gave all the kids treat bags! Also thanks to our awesome volunteers who showed up to participate and help out!
I will be hosting a Bible lesson “The Things That Hold Us Back” Please join me from the comfort of your home via teleconference on Monday, August 4th at 8:15 p.m.central standard time! I’m excited to share my testimony and help you understand what may be holding you back from God’s plan for your life! To join this lesson please dial 1-712-432-1212 and you will be prompted to enter access number 908384626. Phones will be muted and at conclusion of the lesson I will open up the phone lines for prayer requests. Don’t forget your bible, a journal, and a pen!
This month the children were surprised with a visit from Cha! Cha! the Rainforest Café Mascot. They were also given free gift certificates for a complimentary kids meal! They were so excited and had so much fun! Thanks to Jessica from the Rainforest Café for making this happen! A big thanks also to our wonderful volunteers who showed up to help out! And of course thanks to Cha! Cha! for putting a smile on their beautiful faces!
We did a fun paint collage together. The children had so much fun expressing themselves through painting. So many creative artistic kiddos! They were also treated to popcorn and popsicles! As always it was a joy to see smiles on their faces! Here’s some pics of their art. I really wish you could see their beautiful faces, but due to confidentiality we were unable to post pictures of them.
The April event was a success! Jullian and Tammy did a great job helping the children color and decorate pictures to send to other charities. What a great idea to teach them to give back to the community! They were excited and happy to take part in this activity!
The March event was a success! It was such a joy to share the love of Jesus with all the children. They had fun making bracelets as a reminder of his love for them! We enjoyed all the smiles and hugs we received! Thanks Debbie Barrett for leading this event!
February’s event was a complete success! The children participated in making Mardi Gras masks! They had so much fun and lots of creative hands at work! We enjoyed every minute and every smile, Thanks Romina and Debbie or showing up with a smile and a heart full of compassion!
January’s event was a complete success! The children participated in making Valentine’s Day cards! They had so much fun and lots of creative hands at work! We enjoyed every minute and every smile!
December’s event was a complete success! The children participated in making 2014 glasses out of fuzzy wire! These kids were so creative they even started making bracelets! They had a blast making these and as always I enjoyed the laughs and the smiles!
November’s event was a complete success! The shelter families participated in the ZUMBA activity! Thank you to Zumba instructors Adriana Kushner and Miriam Davis who led this event and helped make it a complete success! Everyone had a blast and how rewarding to see the laughs and excitement from the families who participated! We are looking forward to our next event and so are they! For protection of their identity we are unable to post pictures of the children and their families. We will continue to post pictures of some of our Chicktime members at each event.
We will meet the 4th of November on the 23rd at the same location. We’re not sure just yet what the activity will be, but we do know it will be FUN! We’re always looking for more volunteers, leaders, and ideas! For information on how to participate and become a volunteer please contact Leticia Sablan (409)877-6587 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
October’s event was a complete success! We had 22 children participate in the pumpkin cookie decorating! We had fun and how rewarding to see the smiles and hear the thank you’s! We are looking forward to our next event and so are they! We can always use more volunteers! Here’s some pics of the cookies they decorated! These kids are pretty special and creative. We are unable to post pics of them to protect their identity.