Brewing Something New for the Missions

How One Family Met the Challenge of the Gospel

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"What can you do?" It is the age-old challenge of the gospel. One family in Houston, Texas, took the challenge to heart and found a unique way to answer it.

Jim and Mary Margaret Boyles and their children have always enjoyed their visits with longtime friend Fr. Vince Thompson, pictured above. He is a Basilian missionary working in a poor barrio, or neighborhood, near Bogotá, Colombia. One evening in 2004, as the friends shared a supper together, the table talk revolved around the blessings of the Boyles’ abundance and the plight of the poor in Colombia.

“Other Plans.” Jim is the founder of Artisan Field, a successful visual communications and marketing firm in Houston, Texas. His wife and their five children, now adults, all work for the family-owned and operated business.

Jim was already in semi-retirement on the evening of Fr. Vince’s visit. However, the priest’s parting comment changed all that. “You are in the business of creativity,” he told the whole family, as he waved…

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