‘Don’t send me. I don’t want to go. I don’t even like homeless people.’ Those were the thoughts that ran through David Hill’s mind when he knew God was asking him to take the message of his love to the homeless.

David had been a sergeant with HPD and had seen enough of homeless people. God spoke to David’s heart, ‘He did not need David’s love but He would plant His love in David’s heart for the homeless.’

But how do you reach the homeless? David went to a place he knew they hung out, under the Pierce Elevated Bridge. He took a trash bag and started picking up trash under the bridge. They thought he was crazy and started following him and he started telling them that Jesus loved them. Some of them didn’t appreciate his message, but the more they expressed their distaste for him, the more he loved them.

One night, David and another man he was training went to the regular place where they met.. It was a miserable cold rainy night. David started preaching. The other man tapped him on the shoulder and pointed out that no one was there. David replied that God sent him to preach and he was going to preach. Later three people walked up and that night two homeless people were saved. A home in heaven is being prepared for them.

Since David started 13 years ago, he has planted 20 churches in the Houston area. You won’t find these churches in the telephone book because they are located under bridges, in parks, a vacant lot, or on a street corner.

You might have seen his trailer with the sign that says, 1,000 Hills Ministry - Church Under the Bridge. Now he has a way to haul chairs, lights, and a sound system. He also has 14 formerly homeless men who he is training to use their gifts, which the Holy Spirit has given to them. His training program is set up much like the system HPD uses in training police officers. The 20 churches, which have from ten to 150 in attendance, now have pastors. Seventy six services are provided each week. Most places have a service every night or every morning. No AC , no heat, no roof or walls.

The first thing on the agenda is to nourish souls with singing and preaching and an opportunity to give back to God. Most every one in attendance walks up front to drop something in the bucket, depending on God to multiply it. The gift might be a dime or even a button, and sometimes it might be a drug given to God for Him to take away an addiction.

David has hundreds of volunteers and help from the churches that have buildings. He needs plenty of help as he provides 4,500 meals a week. A lot of meals are beans and rice or meat and spaghetti, but one church provided a special treat, a meal from Chick-fil-A.

Besides meals for the body and soul, 1,000 Hills Ministry also passes out clothing, provides eye examinations, long distant calls to family and info on how to get the help they need.

When David chose a name for his ministry he thought since God owns the cattle on a 1,000 hills (Psalm 50:10) God would provide. Later, he thought maybe God wanted him to chose that name because a 1,000 generations of the Hill family would serve him. Then about six years ago David felt that God wants that name to represent a 1,000 churches for the poor and homeless. Besides 20 church plants crisscrossing Houston, David has personally set up 100 churches in Guatemala, Colombia, and from Reynosa to Chiapas in Mexico. It costs about $200 a month to plant and support a church in Mexico. It doesn’t cost a whole lot more in Houston as they know how to cut expenses to the bare bone. The money the homeless put in the bucket does have a way of multiplying. To learn more about the 1,000 Hills Ministry go to www.1000hills.org or call David at 713-979-6489. He just might find a spot for you or your church to serve.

Merry Christmas

First Baptist Church Fresno invites everyone to a Christmas Concert featuring Paul’s Journey quartet followed by Compassionate Friends World Wide Candle Lighting Service. The service unites family and friends around the globe that have lost the lives of a child no matter the age or cause. Compassionate Friends is now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe. Please bring a photo of your child (4x6) for display so that all of us may honor each child. The candle lightning also gives families a way to remember their child so that their light may shine forever. The service will be held December 12th at 6pm 4501 FM 521 You are also invited that morning at 10:45 am to the annual Christmas Choir Cantata. Call Pastor Harvey Abke at 281-935-3969 or 281-431-4244 if you need info.


KHCB radio station at 105.7 FM will play Christmas music continuously, no commercials, for five days before Christmas.


It was the first Christmas since Roy, our son, had died. The Christmas decorations were on the table but I sat staring at Roy's Christmas stocking, when his little sister bounced in and said, "I bet Roy is having a wonderful Christmas. I bet there are thousands and thousands of lights and millions of angels singing."

"And you are going to have a miserable Christmas if I don't snap out of it," I thought.

December 24th - K-Mart - Five Kids - $100 for food and presents. Frank, the oldest, is drooling over a shotgun he had wanted for years so he could go hunting with his uncle. He begged, "Mama please, can I borrow some money." His share of the Christmas money was not enough but his brother said, "He can have my share. More money for food when he pays you back." Ruth and Mary joined in and Frank, grinning from ear to ear got his gun. He was so happy, we were all happy. That year, we celebrated the birth of Jesus and the blessed hope we have in Him. We truly had a good Christmas. Something I will be forever grateful for that was the last Christmas we would ever spend with Frank on this earth.

“Because He lives, we can face tomorrow.”


Delta Waste Services, LP has applied for a permit to construct and operate a Type V municipal solid waste transfer station which includes household waste. The transfer station would be about 750 feet south of Beltway 8, west of FM 521, east of the future extension of Hiram Clarke.

The household waste would be dumped out on concrete, recyclable items picked out, the rest shoved into a container and compacted. Then it would be transferred to another location which has a permit for Type 5 waste. The liquid will be drained off and the way the permit now reads , it will be put into a public drainage system, although at the present there is no public drainage system available.

This location has a huge hole and a permit to dump construction material etc. but not household waste. If you would like to make public comments, request to be placed on the mailing list, or have a public meeting concerning this application, go online at heep://www10.tceq.state.tx.us/epic/ecmnts/ or call 1-800-687-4040. You may also call Golder associates at 281-821-6868 to learn more about their plans. the account # is 40249.


Dr. Alma A. Allen represents those in the Almeda area in the Texas House of Representatives. Allen retired after 39 years with HISD. Part of those years she spent as the principal at Windsor Village. She was also an Adjunct Professor at TSU and Prairieview. Allen served for ten years on the State Board of Education. She is currently a motivational speaker and an educational consultant. In Nov. 2004, she was elected to the Texas House of Representatives, District 131 and has remained in office.

District 131 according to the 2000 census has 132,824 people. 100,746 were born in the U. S. and 76,514 of those were born in Texas. Foreign born were 32,232 and 22,474 are non-citizens. At home, 57,276 speak a language other than English. In District 131 only 699 live in a rural area. She and her husband, Lawrence A. Sr. have two children and five grandchildren. She lives in the 77047 zip code. To reach her call 713-776-0505 or 512-463-0744.

Ron Reynolds won in the Democratic Primary to unseat Doro Olivo as representative for District 27, which includes Fresno and Arcola. In the 2000 census, District 27 has 145,987 residents. Those born in the US are 123,402. Of those 95,370 were born in Texas, 22,399 are foreign born and 14,300 non citizens.

Reynolds lives in Missouri City with his wife Jonita and daughter. They are members of Brook Hollow Baptist Church. Reynolds is a personal injury and employment law attorney. He is the president of the Fort Bend Branch of NAACP His email address is ron@brownreynolds.com Phone 832-721-2667.

Texas representatives serve for a two year term and meet once for a regular session January 2, 2011. A session lasts 140 calendar days. The governor

can also call for 30 day special sessions. There are 150 representatives and 31 senators and each are paid $7,200 a year plus $128 a day for each day they are in session.

Jean and Edesal McQueen frequently hear coyotes howl near their home just east of 288 and south of Hwy 6, but they were surprised to see a bob cat in their daughter’s driveway. Edesal used a scope on his 308 deer rifle. Their fenced in poodle and Chihuahua puppies are safe from that cat.


In response to the views of Rodrigo Carreon concerning the blue pressure tanks, David Stoneham, a member of the water board says that it is a matter of safety. None of the Teal Run homes have their own water wells whereas many of the residents in Fresno do and some want to use their own well water plus the water provided by the Fresno Fresh Water District. Although residents are suppose to use their own water for outside use only, there is no way to be sure they do. To make sure no one contaminates the public water from their own well, the water board had to put in one way meters. When the heat from a hot water heater causes the water to expand because of the one-way meter there is no place for the water to go, but the blue pressure tanks absorb that expansion preventing an explosion or burst water pipe.

Dennis Bailey would appreciate your thoughts and prayers for Janice, his mom. She is at his home in hospice care as pancreatic cancer has spread. Janice spends most of her time looking out across Canyon Lake and feeding carrots to the deer.


We wish Rose Buell Andrews a happy 91st birthday on December 5th.


According to the National Review Online.com, sea life flourishes in the Gulf. Seems the oil spill kept the fishermen from fishing giving the fish a chance to multiply. Blackwater Subsea, LLC has found over 200 new species off the Gulf coast in the last 10 years.


On December 6th and again on Dec. 20th hearings will be held concerning the annexation of New Point Estates at the regular Missouri City Hall Council meeting.

Winfield Lake 'Traffic Control Hearing' is scheduled for Dec. 21st, at 1pm at Commissioners Court.


Santa is coming at 10:30 December 15th to the Vinson Library during the regular Story Time. After School Zone provides something different, from crafts to an anime club for teens Mon. thru Thursday at 4pm. Computer classes for the 50-plus folks are available every Wednesday at 10:30. Sewing classes from 11am to 1pm on Thursday and at 4pm a needle work or knitting class. Spanish classes from 11 to 1 on Mondays.


A 160 page book with 19 photos with excerpts from people who lived here in 1900, and official records about Almeda’s history. Founded in 1892, Almeda was a town 11 miles from Houston’s city limits. Send a $14 check to Our News P.O. Box 450336 Houston, 77245 to have a copy mailed anywhere in the US, (allow at least a week to deliver in time for Christmas) or pick up a copy at Debbie’s Barbara Shop next to Parker’s Hardware in the 14000 block of Almeda Road or at BOB’S State Inspection 14910 Almeda Rd.

Almeda moe

Moe is stopped by the police after midnight and asked where he is going at this time of night. Moe stammers, “I... I... I am going to a lecture … about alcohol abuse... and the effects it has on the human body.” The officer then asks, “Really? Who is giving that lecture at this time of night?”

Moe slurs, “My wife.”


I stay on my knees and pray

And obey God’s word everyday.

© Emmaline Wiley 713-434-0664

I Thessalonians 5:17 & 18: “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.


Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity they can train people to stand at the edge of the water and throw fish to them.

You are never too old to learn something stupid.

If the government was in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there would be a shortage of sand.

Milton Friedman

40% OF THE VOTE FOR $500

In the Fort Bend County race for county judge a Fresno man with only $500 in campaign money received 40% of the vote. Rodrico Carreon received 54,000 votes running against the incumbent Robert “Bob” Hebert who received 81,000 votes. Carreon believes his stand against the toll road helped gain votes as well as many who voted straight ticket. He passed out almost 6,000 business cards at Mustang Park and shopping centers. The rest of his campaign money went for gasoline.

Carreon was born in Mexico, although his mother was a U. S. citizen. He came to Fresno when he was six years old, attended Blue Ridge School, Quail Valley, Dulles (class of ‘87) and got an associates degree for computer repair and electric technology at Alvin Community College.

The results of his bid for a county wide position show that it doesn’t necessarily require a lot of money. In the governor’s race, White got 48% of the vote in Fort Bend County, only eight per cent more than Carreon. You don’t have to be a lawyer or rich to run for an office.


Houston Salutes American Heroes

On November 11th, Veterans Day, ceremonies to honor veterans will begin at 10 am on the steps of City Hall followed by a parade at 11:30 along Smith between Texas and Lamar. All branches of the military, groups from WWII to the high school R.O.T.C will be marching mingled in between military equipment and bands.

A job fair for veterans will be conducted from 11am to 2pm at City Hall. Parking is free in the theater district from 9 to 12:30.

Aggravated Robbery at Chevron Gas Station

Call Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665 or Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-8477 if you can help identify three suspects in the robbery which took place on Oct. 1st at 3:32 pm. at the station located at F.M. 2234 & F.M 521.

The suspects fled the gas station heading west on F.M. 2234 in a gold Pontiac Grand Prix. If you could identify the suspects in the surveillance video and give information which leads to an arrest it could result in a $5,000 CASH REWARD. All calls to Crime Stoppers are ANONYMOUS.


Last month 34 people were asked who their U. S. Senators and Representative was. Finally the 35th person, Freddie Robinson, owner of South Post Oak Recycling Center could name them. The next person asked, Wendy Fleck, also knew. Two out of 37.


We inherited a free country. Will we pass one down to our children? Instead of complaining to one another, let your representatives know what you think. And find out what they are doing. It is easy..

http://www.congress.org is a great website to find out what is going on and to voice your concern. To get started, you can register for free by clicking "Register" in the upper right-hand corner of their home page. After you get your confirmation email, you can log into the site. Then you will have access to create messages directly to your state and federal representatives. There are also many opportunities to join in discussions on various issues and voice your opinions for others to see. I just now asked my rep. to back H. R. 1414. His staff responded with an email within the hour


The new 84,000 square feet building is to be completed in April 2011. It will face Almeda School Road instead of Bridgeport. With a capacity for 750 students, Almeda Elementary facility will cost $12 million for construction and another $4 million for other programs. Right now, 805 students are attending Almeda Elementary located in temporary buildings on Almeda Genoa Road.

Dr. Paul Ruiz is the Keynote Speaker

State Representative Dora Olivo and Betty McCrohan, President of Wharton County Junior College and Chair of the Fort Bend Regional P-16 Council, will co-chair the half-day conference aimed at developing strategies on raising the bar for all students.

The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, November 6, at the University of Houston-Sugar Land Campus, 14004 University Blvd. in Sugar Land. Attendance is free. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Maria Emerson at 1-888-777-0033, 512-463-0494, 281-208-8806 or maria.emerson@house.state.tx.us.


Pastor Harvey Abke says they still have white crosses to put in your yard for any one who wants a way to demonstrate their Christian faith. Call 281-431-4244 or 281-935-3969

Constitutional Amendment 28

"Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators or Representatives, and Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the U. S."

Think your senator or rep. will propose this amendment?

Almeda moe

"Hello, President Obama " This is Moe, down here in Almeda, Texas. I am callin' to tell yal that we are officially declaring war on ya!" "Well Moe," Barack replied, How big is your army ?"

"Right now," said Moe, "there is myself, my cousin, Jim Bob, my neighbor J. R. and the whole shuffle board team from Shorty’s. That makes seven!"

Barack paused. "I must tell you Moe that I have one million men in my army."

"Wow," said Moe. "I'll have ta call ya back!" Sure enough, the next day, Moe called. "Mr. Obama, the war is still on! We have managed to acquire some infantry equipment!" "And what equipment would that be Moe?" Barack asked. "Well sir, we have two combines, a bulldozer, and J. R. 's Ford tractor."

Obama sighed. "I must tell you Moe, that I have 16,000 tanks and 14,000 armored personnel carriers. Also I've increased my army to one and a half million since we last spoke."

"Lord above", said Moe, "I'll be getting back to ya." Sure enough, Moe called the next day. "President Obama, the war is still on! We managed to git ourselves airborne! We up an' modified Jim Bob’s homemade airplane with a couple of shotguns in the cockpit, five boys from Fresno, and four boys from Arcola have joined us!" Obama was silent for a minute then cleared his throat. "I must tell you Moe that I have 10,000 bombers and 20,000 fighter planes. And since we last spoke, I've increased my army to TWO MILLION!" "Oh Lord," said Moe, "I’ll have to call you back." Sure enough, Moe called the next day. "President Obama I am sorry to have to tell you that we have had to call off this here war." "I'm sorry to hear that," said Obama. "Why the sudden change of heart?" Well, sir," said Moe, "we all sat ourselves down and had a long chat over a few beers, and come to realize that there's just no way we can feed two million prisoners."


A late happy birthday to Ida Cagle. She was 97 on Sept. 14th. Her son, Eugene says she is doing fine.

Bobbie Moore says that on October 12th, she became a proud member of an elite group called Senior Citizens.

. Born Again

I repented of my sins.

I been baptized in His name.

My life is not the same,

Since I been born again.

Copyright © by Emmaline Wiley

John 3:5 Jesus said, “Truly truly I say to you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”


Fixing thanksgiving dinner? Remember when starch is mixed with liquid it can be lumpy. So mash potatoes, in butter first then add milk. For smooth gravy add about a tablespoon of corn starch to the flour and stir in just enough water to make a smooth paste, then stir in more liquid and pour into the turkey drippings.

Fresh vegetables out of the garden make any meal something to be thankful for. As soon as we get a rain, work up that ground because some vegetables grow better in the winter, like carrots, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, English peas etc. Even potatoes can be planted in late January, but you are taking a chance if we get a hard freeze.


Almeda was founded in 1892 on a treeless prairie eleven miles from Houston’s city limits. The book has excerpts from people who lived here in 1900 as well as official records about Almeda’s history Available at Debbie’s Barbara Shop next to Parker’s Hardware in the 14000 block of Almeda Road. Pay $12 at Debbie’s or send a $14 check to Our News P.O. Box 450336 Houston, 77245 to have a copy mailed anywhere in the US


Mon. 11am-7pm, Tue. 10am-6pm, Wed. 10am-6pm, Thur. 11am-7pm., Fri. 10am-6pm, Closed Sat. & Sun. 832-393-2120


Shirley L. Simpson passed away September 28, 2010. Born April 28, 1939 in Gasoline, Texas, she passed away at the home of her daughter in Katy, surrounded by family. Shirley and her first husband Vernon Maynard operated Adamacks on Almeda Road for a number of years. Preceded in death by five siblings, Shirley is survived by her husband of 21 years, Bill Simpson, one son, Lonnie Ray Maynard, daughters: Lavona/Mack Kendall, Rhonda Maynard, and Sherie Brown, 8 grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one sister.

GARY LEE PLEDGER born December 10, 1933 passed away October 11, 2010.

DONALD RICHARD BOCKEL "DICK" was born in Houston on January 27, 1931 and passed away October 16, 2010. He was descended from German pioneers who settled in Houston in 1844. A lifelong resident of the old Almeda area, he worked in the oil field service industry for many years retiring from HOMCO Int'l. He was an active rancher all his adult life. Dick was an all around cattleman born and bred to the saddle. He enjoyed traditional country music and western swing. Survived by his wife of 60 years Evelynn Bockel; son, Jim/Lola Bockel; daughter, Denise/Johnny Kembro; four grandchildren, Eric Kembro, Brian Kembro, J.J. Bockel, Deanna Hunt and five great grandchildren; brothers, Earl (Daisy) Bockel and Don Kemp. A Celebration of Dick's life was held October 20th, at South Park Chapel. Interment followed at Forest Park Lawndale.


I wonder what "hate" would cost per gallon. That is what’s driving our country now. No matter what good is being done its being turned into something else by “spin” or just plain lying. We would shoot ourselves in the foot if it would stop the pace of upward –bound progress.

Being a Black woman, I’ve lived with the every-day fear and terror caused by hatred. So I am accustomed to the hate atmosphere in this country of ours.

However this hate, today’s hate, is a more diabolical hate. The thing most feared has happened. WE HAVE A BLACK PRESIDENT! For some a most unthinkable fact. As Americans we should be proud of this. The President is the most coveted position in the world, I’m told. This did not “just happen” We created a better environment for equality than we thought. We are better people than we realize – really.

Let us stop this “hate fight” and allow our country to become what our Constitution and our Bill of Rights say that it should be. Instead of using the “spin” and the untruths, use the tool that we were given – VOTE! It is written that, “when righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.” Proverbs 28: 12 Helen Horn Scott


FBFWSD#1 Fresno Water Board

The water board doesn’t know the price of the fees being charge to connect. Pres. John Borden says they must follow City Houston ordinance water codes on public safety. The board maintenance department leaders, Chris and Tracey, of Southwest Waters say they follow the codes. There is a waste of taxpayer dollars to install blue pressure tanks connected to resident’s water line in Fresno. The City of Houston doesn't install these tanks nor Teal Run homes which are in Houston’s ETJ as is Fresno.

Taxpayer bonds have paid to install the taps. The water board plans to cutoff and remove water line taps not in use. Southwest Water will charge the water board for this service. Thence, if future residents want to connect, they will have to pay SW Waters about $1500, to re-install taps that were removed from public property. Residents property taxes have paid for this once. If the water tap lines were left in place, a resident would only need to purchase a meter costing about $390. Views of Rodrigo Carreon


There is a song that says, “Faith is just believing what God says, He will do.”

Do you believe the Bible is totally true, that God created the world, that He made man from the dust of the earth, that we inherited a sin nature from the first man and woman? That God remained true to His Holy nature and made a just way to forgive us by giving His own Son, Jesus Christ, to take our punishment? That Jesus made the blind see, the deaf to hear, calmed the wind and waves, raised the dead, and conquered death after He was crucified? There isn’t the slightest doubt in my mind that all of the above is true. You might say I am a woman of faith. I have a T-shirt that says so.

I admit my faith in every day events leans more to the practical rather than the super natural. Like when our dog, Fleas, had distemper. She was so sick she went blind in one eye and could not retain food. Every morning each one of our kids would pray, “Dear God please let Fleas live.”

No way was that dog going to survive and I didn’t want my children to grow up thinking that God could not answer their prayer so I always prayed If it be thy will let Fleas live. That way when the dog died ....

Funny thing how God works. That night, my husband, Cotton, said to put 1/4 an aspirin in a tiny ball of raw hamburger meat and give it to Fleas every hour. It was hopeless, but I did it anyway. The dog survived.

That was a long time ago. I have had time to mature in my faith since then. Some of my friends rate me with a nine on a scale from 1 to 10. But a chicken showed me how I really rate.

Over the years, I’ve had chickens killed by possums, dogs, etc. This past winter, I only had one chicken left. I kept it safe and locked up in the chicken house. Then I let it out in the daytime and it slept in the chicken house, until one evening I went to shut the door and she was gone. The next morning she laid me another egg, but I could not find where she spent the night, totally unprotected. I prayed, “Dear God take care of me and my chicken tonight.” Every morning I thanked God for his care when that chicken tapped on my window pane.

I told my kids how God was answering my prayer and taking care of that chicken. Then I started worrying. Would they think less of God if I found chicken feathers all over the ground? Winter brings in more wild animals. More worry. The thought occurred, I wouldn’t have to worry about God answering my prayer if I killed that chicken.

Then I dropped to my knees and asked God to forgive me for doubting his ability to take of a chicken.

The Bible says unbelief is evil. (Hebrews 3:12) That chicken showed me just how small my faith really is. Hebrews 11:6 says…”without faith it is impossible to please God.”

That chicken has faithfully laid an egg every day for six months, but more important God has used her to show me just how small my faith really is when I’m not listening to the gentle voice of His Holy Spirit. .For faith, along with love, joy, peace is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22

This morning I thanked God for taking care of me last night and for taking care of my chicken for the past six months. Just then she jumped up on my window sill. God is so good.

Texas Beer Joint Sues Church

A church prayed that a local bar would not expand to increase their business. Work progressed until the week before the grand reopening when lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground.

The bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church "was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building, through direct or indirect actions or means".

The church denied all responsibility to the building's demise. The judge commented, "I don't know how I'm going to decide this, but it appears that we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that now does not."

Do you have a Short I Remember Story? Email it to siskeyworth@att.net or mail to P. O. Box 450336 Houston 77245.