Several youth descended on Gordon and Katrina Haley’s home this week to help them catch up on some yard work. GOD loves the Haley’s, and so do we. So our youth worked hard to show that love through by mowing grass, raking leaves, trimming bushes, and weeding. They even cut down a dead tree.
Thanks as always to the parents who came along to drive and supervise.
Several youth (and parents) were back at it this week, doing a “Monday Mission” at the Pregnancy Resource Center in Fayetteville, GA. We had another large group this week, and knocked out a bunch of work in the 2 hours we were there. Our group sorted clothing, packaged diapers for distribution, cleaned toys, and miscellaneous other tasks that the staff at the PRC needed help with.
The Pregnancy Resource Center is a private Christian organization that helps the moms and moms-to-be with a full-range of services, meeting both material and educational needs. They operate totally on donations from churches, individuals, and businesses. For more information about the PRC, visit their website athttp://www.fayetteprc.com.
This year’s Monday Missions schedule kicked off with a great day at that Georgia Baptist Children’s Home in Palmetto. A large turnout of RHBC folks (13 students and 4 adults) played Ultimate Frisbee with the children at the home, and then enjoyed a picnic lunch in the gym. After lunch the group spread dirt in a couple of places around the campus, and cleaned out several areas of rocks.
The staff at the home were appreciative of us helping them with these tasks, as well as playing with the children. If you haven’t visited the GA Baptist Children’s Home yet, join us on our next trip – you won’t regret it!
RHBC was able to take 11 youth and 5 adults to participate in MFUGE in Williamsburg, Kentucky this week. Mission Fuge (MFUGE) is a great opportunity to experience incredible worship and Bible teaching but also to reach out to the community and share the love of Jesus.
Participants were split into project groups to serve in different areas of the community. We had several students and leaders working with Painting, Construction and Yardwork teams. They were able to help beautify a local ministry that reaches out to almost 5,000 low income families each month. They also helped with their recycling projects. Other teams worked at homes in the area that needed repair and maintenance.
We had other students and leaders that worked at various apartment complexes and children’s clubs as well conducting Backyard Bible Clubs and Sports Ministry. They were able to connect with the children that live in those communities and demonstrate God’s love for them.
It was an incredible week to be ministered to but also to minister to that community!
Thank you to all those who have assisted the residents of Sunnyside, Vaughn, and Rio over the past several weeks recover from the storms of April 27 – especially those who made multiple trips. The work was hard, and not very fun at times, but we were doing what Jesus expected us to do for our neighbors in need.
In addition to manual labor, we also provided approximately $300 worth of supplies and equipment to First Baptist Sunnyside to support the effort they are leading. Please continue to pray for them, and all of the victims of the recent natural disasters that have occurred in our nation and abroad.
Deborah and her husband have been struggling to make ends meet. They have 3 boys, ages 17, 13 and 11. Her husband is a truck driver, but recently lost his job. Deborah was working for a nonprofit organization, but had not been paid for quite a while. As a result, they fell behind on their bills.
Deborah has been looking for other employment, and her husband was successful in finding another job, but would not receive his first paycheck for several weeks. In the mean time their landlord served them with eviction papers.
The Real Life Center stepped in to pay Deborah’s gas bill; St. Vincent de Paul paid a portion of the back rent; and Rolling Hills paid the balance to keep this family in their home.
Jennifer is a sweet lady who was robbed, beaten and almost raped Friday of last week while visiting her cousin in Forest Park. She was saved by a neighbor who came to her aid. The neighbor was also injured by the attacker, who was armed with a knife. Jennifer had just cashed her husband’s check which she was going to use to buy money orders to pay their bills. Unfortunately, her landlord was not willing to give her any extra time to pay her rent, and told her that if the rent wasn’t paid by the 5th of May they would be evicted.
The Real Life Center stepped in to pay Jennifer’s utility bills, and Rolling Hills joined in to pay her rent.
Michelle is an unemployed grandmother raising her three grandsons; ages 5, 4, and 3. The boys were removed from their mother’s home due to physical abuse. The youngest suffers from shaken baby syndrome, which has caused blindness and brain damage. Michelle herself has signficant health issues which limit her activity.
We first came in contact with Michelle and the boys in December when Mike Stout’s small group “adopted” them for Christmas. Since then she has done her best to support her family, and as soon as she has her next surgery she will be looking for a job. However, she is still struggling and fell behind on her gas and electric bills, to the point where she was in danger of losing service. The Real Life Center and Rolling Hills teamed up to take care of those obligations for her.
Several members of the youth group, along with some parents, gave up a Saturday morning to help out at the Real Life Center on April 16th.
The Real Life Center is a non-profit organization, designed to provide help for hurting people by giving them a means to cope with the financial, emotional, and spiritual hardships of life.
While there they were able to knock out several tasks that were on the RLC to-do list that they hadn’t been able to get to, including assembling some donated furniture, sorting a huge pile of donated shoes, consolidating garbage bags of donated clothing, and some general clean-up.
It was a great time – in spite of the manual labor – and the RLC was very appreciative of the hel
Tracy is a single Mom who had to leave her job because the hours and pay were not enough to pay the bills and support her middle school aged son. She is struggling to make ends meet, but works hard to meet her obligations and is determined to make it without assistance.
Her landlord has been working with her and is committed to continue doing so because she is such a reliable tenant. He is convinced that she will be fine if she can just get caught up on her rent which is past due.
The Real Life Center and Rolling Hills is teaming up to meet this obligation for her.