Our Missional Journal


07
Mar 2014

Mike Stout’s small group spent Friday evening in Griffin cooking for and serving 15 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.


06
Mar 2014

P lives with her daughter and her daughter’s 4 y/o son, who she does most of the caretaking of. She is severely disabled and unable to work. She normally does OK, but recently she was hit with a $1000+ water bill due to a leak that went unnoticed. She is almost finished paying that off, but the added expense has caused her to struggle and fall behind on her rent. Her landlord has been flexible with her on rent since she has been a good tenant, but was needing a minimum amount from her, which she didn’t have – so she was facing eviction. We were blessed to partner with the Real Life Center to take care of her past due rent for her.


05
Mar 2014

J is a senior who lives alone. She is retired and on a fixed income. She normally does OK day to day, but because of the cold weather she turned up her heat to keep her pipes from freezing. That led to a very high heating bill that she did not have the finances to pay completely. She was facing disconnect if she did not come up with the balance this week. We were blessed to partner with the Real Life Center to take care of that bill for her.


27
Feb 2014

C is a single Mom who lives with her 2 teenage daughters. There is no father in the picture, and no other family in the area. C lost her job a couple of months ago and has been unable to find another one. Although she wants to work, she has medical issues that make it difficult. Both daughters are still in school, but the oldest is looking for work to help out with the bills. They have no transportation. Due to the loss of her job, they have been struggling financially, and have a significant past due electric bill. We were blessed to partner with the Real Life Center to take care of that bill for her.


24
Feb 2014

P is a senior and a widow who lives with her son. She works full time, but her income basically meets their needs with little extra. Her son has multiple physical and mental issues which keep him from working. She has not been able to get disability for him yet. They normally do OK day to day, but whenever her son’s medical issues cause him to be hospitalized or to need other treatment, it reeks havoc on their finances. That is where she finds herself now; unable to come up with half of her monthly rent. We were blessed to cover what she didn’t have.


22
Feb 2014

M and J are ordained pastors who run a ministry that serves the homeless. They have 2 sons. J was recently laid off from her job as a personal trainer, and M is a salesman on 100% commission. However, sales have been very slow the last several months, and they have been struggling financially. They had already lost their home and were now behind on their power bill in their rented home. They were due to be cut off this week. We were blessed to partner with the Real Life Center to take care of that bill for them.


20
Feb 2014

Thanks to everyone who came out to assist Grace Evangelical Church and the Real Life Center today in conducting a Mobile Food Pantry on the grounds of Grace Evangelical. Volunteers packed and distributed bags of grocery items provided by the Atlanta Food Bank. Approximately 159 needy Fayette County families were served.


07
Feb 2014

Mike Stout’s small group spent Friday evening in Griffin cooking for and serving 20 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.


06
Feb 2014

S lives with his mother and his 12 year old son. He lost his job in December and has been looking for something since. He lives with his mom as a result of a broken marriage. S’s mom was also out of work until just recently. Although the new job will help with their finances in the long run, they were still overdue on their rent. We were blessed to take care of that bill for him.


06
Feb 2014

L and J are a local couple with a young son. Due to the cold temps, and having to use electric heaters to offset the cold in the house, they fell behind on their electric bill, and were due to be disconnected. J was working part time with a welding company, but was just asked to work full time, which will help with the finances. We were blessed to partner with the Real Life Center to take care of that bill for them.


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