The Youth Group returned today from M-FUGE in Charleston. This year’s theme was “Be His, Be Last, Be Real, and Be Bold.” In addition to praise and worship, and bible study, the team were the hands and feet of Jesus in the greater Charleston area. Our youth were active in three ministry areas. They served in beach ministry, playing games, doing crafts, talking and praying with locals and visitors to the beach; doing yard work on the painting, construction, and yard work track at the Coastal Carolina Center (home to special needs individuals of all ages); and in the games and recreation track at two different recreation centers playing games and doing crafts with children. Our team served alongside 700+ young people and adults to spread the gospel and love of Christ.
C is a single Mom of 3 teenage kids. he is also the primary caregiver to her elderly Mom who has cancer. She is employed as a factory technician but has missed a lot of work due to responsibilities with her Mom. As a result she has been struggling to make ends meet. Her most pressing need was paying her rent. We were blessed to partner with the Real Life Centerto take care of the rent for her.
VBS this week was a huge success! We had 38 kids register, and our nightly attendance reached 32. We had 4 kids make decisions to follow Christ, and 5 kids ask for more information about following Christ.
Thank you to everyone who helped resource, set up, tear down, sing, cook, clean, teach, exercise, cool off, feed, register/account for, and entertain with crafts. I think that about covers everyone – it was truly an all-hands-on-deck affair.
J lost his job about 5 months ago, and has been looking for work since then. His wife also works part time, but her pay wasn’t enough to sustain them. After using up all of their savings, they found themselves unable to pay their rent. Fortunately he was recently able to find another full time job, but won’t receive his first pay check in time to keep from being evicted. We were blessed to partner with the Fayette Samaritans to take care of that for her.
Mike Stout’s small group spent Friday evening in Griffin cooking for and serving 15 homeless men, women, and children staying at the House of Hope homeless shelter. The House of Hope is a Salvation Army homeless shelter that provides emergency housing for men, women, and families. They are open 7 days/wk from 4:30pm-8:00am, and serve breakfast and dinner.
G is an elderly lady who lives in Marnelle with her daughter and 2 grandsons. Neither father has anything to do with the children. They were recently evicted from their apartment in Clayton County, and are now trying to start again. Her daughter is unemployed but diligently looking for work. She currently supports the family on social security and food stamps, and did not have enough money to pay her rent. We were blessed to partner with the Real Life Center to take care of that for her.
O is a young man who lives alone. He normally functions very well and prides himself in being self-sufficient. However, he recently lost his job and fell behind on his rent. He has since found another job, but the apartment complex told him they would have to file eviction if he didn’t catch up on his payments. We were blessed to partner with the Real Life Center to take care of his overdue rent for him.
Mike Stout’s small group spent Friday evening in Griffin cooking for and serving 17 homeless men and women staying at the House of Hope homeless shelter. The House of Hope is a Salvation Army homeless shelter that provides emergency housing for men, women, and families. They are open 7 days/wk from 4:30pm-8:00am, and serve breakfast and dinner.
This is a great opportunity for small groups who want to engage in an important ministry that is relatively close to home. The shelter is always in need of help, particularly with feeding. If this is a ministry that interests you, contact the Missions Coordinator for more information.
A is a single Mom of 3 young children who is in the midst of a divorce. The father is not doing anything to help with childcare. She is currently unemployed, but worked previously until a difficult pregnancy forced her to miss a lot of work, and to subsequently lose her job. She fell behind on her bills and was due to be cut off by her power company. She is a new Christian, just recently praying to receive Christ. We were blessed to partner with the Real Life Center to pay off her past due amount and keep her power on.
J is a senior who lives with her adopted grandson. The grandson supports her and pays most of the bills. He lost his job several months ago, and after going through what they had, found themselves needing help with utilities and car insurance. The grandson recently found another job, but without insurance would be risking additional trouble driving to and from work. We were blessed to partner with the Real Life Center to take care of all of those bills for them.