We made a donation to Fayette Senior Services’ Project Love campaign. Funds raised by this campaign augment FSS’s Meals on Wheels program by enabling them to provide holiday meals for over 250 recipients. Funds are also used to provide doctor-prescribed dietary supplements and “shelf meals” (meals that do not need refrigeration).
Our Operation Christmas Child gift collection was a great success! We collected 32 gift boxes that will be shipped to needy children worldwide.
Operation Christmas Child is a ‘global Christmas gift exchange’ project operated by Samaritan’s Purse. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world by collecting and distributing shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, personal items, and other gifts as Christmas gifts to millions of children each year.
Cassandra was recently served an eviction notice because she has been unable to pay her rent. She lost her full-time job after her car broke down and she was unable to get to work. She now relies on temp jobs until she can find another full-time job, but the decrease in pay, combined with the cost of repairing her car, has caused her to struggle financially. She also has custody of her 6 year old granddaughter. Along with the Real Life Center and Saint Vincent de Paul, we were able to pay her overdue rent.
Thanks to everyone who came out to our Saturday afternoon Block Party event at Marnelle Mobile Home Park. The weather was absolutely perfect, and we had a great afternoon of food, fun, and fellowship with our friends at Marnelle. We had approximately 30 kids and 10 adults join us.
You can see more pictures on our Missions Photo Album page.
Erika and her husband have 3 young children. He works and she is a stay-at-home Mom. They do their best to make ends meet, but recently due to a car accident which totaled the family car, and the resulting medical bills from the accident, they found themselves struggling financially. They have managed to cover all their bills except for power, which would have been disconnected this week. We were able to pay their overdue bill for them.
Mike Stout’s small group spent Friday evening in Griffin cooking and serving approximately 30 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.
Nancy is a single Mom of a 12-year old daughter who is in the midst of a very ugly divorce. She has been a stay at home Mom, but very much wants to work and is currently looking for work. She does get some child support, but it is sporadic and not enough to pay the bills. As a result she fell behind and did not have enough money for her rent this month. Along with the Real Life Center, we paid Nancy’s rent.
Melanie is a single Mom of 1 who needed help paying her rent this month. She has a job, but recently had to take time off of work to care for her son who was hospitalized after being hit by a car in Peachtree City. The absence from work put her behind on her rent, and her landlord initiated the eviction process. Melanie was able to come up with half of what she needed, and we paid the other half.
Catherine Trebotte, one of our college students, participated in “Ride for Christ,” an annual event conducted by the University of Georgia’s Baptist Collegiate Ministries. In the event, students bike from Athens, GA to the Georgia/Florida football game in Jacksonville, FL, in order to raise money for summer missions. The ride covers almost 300 miles, and is completed in about 30 hours.
Several different efforts go into putting this event on including bike riders, drivers, encouragers, and food support on the trip. In order to participate, all participants are asked to raise a specified amount of money. All funds raised through this event go directly toward the BCM’s summer missions fundraising goal. The UGA BCM sends 15-20 students to serve in various parts of the United States and around the world through this vital program.