Event Date: May 24, 2022
Location: Junior League
No. of Attendees: 300~
Money Raised: $175,000
Beneficiary: The Mission of Yahweh
Emcee: Warner Roberts
Guest Speaker: Sheila Spencer
Featured Speaker: David A.R. White
Photography: Larissa Harris
A Simple Change Made a Big Difference at Miracles of the Mission Luncheon
Who would have thought that a simple thing like changing a breakfast into a luncheon would generate such an amazing response and thereby fill a ballroom and the coffers of The Mission of Yahweh with such an abundance? That was the hope for this recent event benefiting this 60-year-old organization which gives hope and support to homeless women and children.
Reorganizing the Miracles of The Mission breakfast to a luncheon rendered a packed house at the Junior League Houston and a major success with $175,000 raised. Mistress of ceremonies, Warner Roberts, introduced Executive Director Richard Hill, who excitedly spoke of plans to add a new dormitory to the 12-building Mission campus. Greg Reid, President of Salient Partners, gave a rousing speech about his history with The Mission and urged the audience to take a tour and get involved with making miracles.
The entire audience was on its feet at the conclusion of Sheila Spencer‘s turn at the microphone. Spencer is a resident of The Mission and recounted her life’s story of physical and mental abuse by family members, and drug and alcohol abuse. She relayed how finding The Mission has helped her find herself and change her life.
Guest speaker, David A.R. White spoke of how he was raised in a small Mennonite farming town outside of Dodge City, Kansas but at the age of 19 moved to Los Angeles; and he quickly found a successful career as an actor, writer, director and producer. Since then, he has starred in over 30 feature-length films. As a founding partner of Pure Flix Entertainment, White’s career hit new heights with the release of the film “God’s Not Dead,” in which he starred. It soon became one of the most successful independent faith-based films of all time, making his studio, Pure Flix, the most successful Christian film production company in the industry. As White outlined his goal of always “changing lives, inspiring hearts and lifting spirits,” he received roaring approval from the almost 300 guests.
Socially present (not previously mentioned): Janelle Reid, Pam Lockard, Sheryl Taylor, Lotty Gautschi, Susan Soussan, Angie Roberts, Kari Work, Monica Hartland, Kim Moody, Cindy Bendy, Samantha Kennedy, Betsy Garlinger, Sybil Roos, Ellen and Clayton Cody, LeTricia Wilbanks, Greg and Margaret Smith, James and Laura Bany, Jim and Sue Adams, Vicki Rizzo, Mehrnaz Gill, Barbara Van Postman, Anna Dean and Mike Crigler