by Paul Woodward
Fourteen years ago Impact launched the Brooks Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to students unable to afford the expenses of a college education on their own. Funded primarily by the continuing generosity of two donors, this program is an important investment in the lives of the 20 recipients and their families. This goes to the core of the core of what the Impact Houston Church of Christ is all about.
Almost every one of these students are the first to graduate from high school in their family and for sure the first to attend college. James 2 says “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed, but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” It is our desperate desire that the Impact Church is a family that projects a faith that is accompanied by bold action.
For 35 years Impact has journeyed with hurting and underserved people of all ages as they fall in love with Jesus. Education is more than a vital part of that journey. Education pushes back against the persistent blight of generational poverty. The scholarship program has (literally) forever altered the direction of many families. I am talking about desperately poor people, whose nightmares come in the daytime, who see heartbreak and heartache all the time. I am talking about honorable people who need a hand up. I am talking about students that have literally two and sometimes even three part time jobs while in college. I am talking about parents who make deep sacrifice, who work extra shifts, sometimes even routinely work 20 hours a day to make a little extra to help with schooling costs. There is one dad that when I see him at church his eyes are always red and he always, always has an exhausted posture. He is working so hard to earn a better life for his family.
Lord willing, Impact Houston Church of Christ will continue the iron clad covenant to provide uplift for these students and their families.
This is not an ask for money, the scholarship fund is good for 2020-2021.