By Brittany Grier, Marketing Coordinator, The Methodist Home
The Methodist Home was blessed with the opportunity to serve others during Hurricane Irma. It was truly an incredible week of service!
Roughly 120 kids and staff from The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, along with seven dogs, arrived at The Methodist Home in Macon on Thursday, September 7 as they evacuated from Enterprise, Fla. ahead of Hurricane Irma.
The following day Bishop Lawson Bryan, along with his wife, Sherrill, served a hot breakfast to the guests from Florida. During the day many kind people reached out to learn about our needs; thus, The Home was blessed by many donations ahead of the storm.
Over the weekend, the storm’s progress was evaluated and The Home made the decision to bring each of the regional campuses to Macon for shelter during the storm. This added another 70 people to the group. All of the kids were blessed by Mercer University, who reached out to offer free tickets to their football game. A kind donor also donated a dinner at Nu-Way for everyone!
Sunday morning North Central District Superintendent, Dr. Rick Lanford, spoke to the entire group at Chapel. The Home was blessed with many contributions which were shared with Riverside UMC’s shelter and Vineville UMC that was sheltering first responders.
On Monday morning, Riverside UMC set up a movie outing for the kids. Irma made her presence known in the afternoon and The Home lost power. Thankfully, the Rumford Center has a strong generator which allowed the kids to be housed and fed during the storm.
After nearly a week, the kids and staff from Florida went home. Before they left, Bishop and Mrs. Bryan returned to serve breakfast again and prayed for their traveling mercies. They arrived home safely!
On Tuesday Magnolia Manor was also without power and had a limited generator. The Home prepared and delivered meals to them. The donated items were also organized in order to share excess with Macon Outreach, Forest Hills UMC’s Backpack Program, and a few other local charities.
On Wednesday, September 13, The Methodist Home received a call from Wesley Glen, who might need shelter after having generator problems. Thankfully their power was restored! Extra water was delivered to the small town of Marshallville, Ga. as they put out a plea for help. On Wednesday, we reopened our Eagle’s Nest Children’s Center on a portable generator for parents who had to return to work.
All of the kids from the regional campuses have safely returned home. The St. Marys Campus was still without power as of Thursday. They were able to take back supplies to meet their needs. Thankfully the power was restored to our Macon campus at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday!
What a week of grace, hospitality, and blessings! So many people sent gifts, called, or helped – The Methodist Home is overwhelmed by God’s grace and provision. We are truly Alive Together in Christ!