South Georgia United Methodists give generously
With the warm South Georgia sun shining down on them, nearly 80 volunteers sorted and bagged 15,650 pounds of cabbage, cucumbers, corn and cantaloupes on Friday afternoon, June 5, during the Art Shoemaker Memorial Crop Drop mission event.
A hands on mission project, the Crop Drop gave Annual Conference participants and guests an opportunity to live out the Annual Conference theme of “We’re Better Together” from Matthew 18:20.
Four area farms, McClellan Organics in Cairo, Docia Farms in Tifton, Patrick Farms in Omega, and Borzynski Farms in Moultrie, donated the produce.
Several individuals, six local agencies and 12 area church food pantries/outreach ministries received the fruits and vegetables.
John Bartlett, a member of McRae United Methodist Church in the South Central District, helped sort and bag produce for nearly two hours.
“I enjoyed this and appreciate the opportunity to do it,” he said. “It makes you realize that you have been blessed with what you have and you want to share those blessings with other people. It also makes us realize that there’s not much difference in all of us.”
Crop Drop volunteers were able to greet food recipients and witness their gratitude for the gift of fresh produce. And through the hard work and generosity of the volunteers who picked up and delivered the produce to the site to the volunteers who cheerfully overcame heat and a constant barrage of gnats to complete the bagging of produce, the mission was complete in just over two hours instead of the scheduled five.
“Thanks to all who helped, many of whom knew and came to remember our friend Art Shoemaker,” said Sandi Newman, South Georgia program coordinator for the Society of St. Andrew. “He had a huge smile on his face looking down on us today!”
South Georgia United Methodists were also generous in their support of the Conference’s local mission agencies, donating puzzles, pencils, toiletries, towels, washcloths, latex gloves, baby wipes and more to Magnolia Manor, the Methodist Children’s Home, Open Door Community Center, Vashti, Wesley Community Centers and Wesley Glen.
The giving continued as South Georgia UMs contributed generously to these special offerings that were collected during the Annual Conference session:
Special Offering for South Georgia Wesley Foundations: $27,518.31
Special Relief: $3,496.25
Ministerial Education Fund: (to be announced)
Swamp Gravy Love Offering: $992.17
“I saw this year’s theme, ‘We’re Better Together,’ highlighted and strengthened through the different opportunities to be involved in outreach this year in Tifton,” said Allison Lindsey, associate director of Connectional Ministries. “From churches collecting and donating items to meet the basic needs of our mission agencies to the roll-up-your-sleeves attitudes on display at the hands on mission opportunity at the crop drop to the generous offerings, the gifts of time, talent, and treasure will be far-reaching. What a powerful witness!”