As Christians wanting to serve Christ in a tangible way, the youth of Fair Grove United Methodist Church
(FGUMC) felt compelled to not just merely pray for people desperately in need, but to go out into the
world and be the hands and feet of Jesus to them. To accomplish this goal, FGUMC youth and college
students spent a full year conducting several fundraisers to raise finances to support a mission trip. And
in late June, they spent a week of their summer break in Atlanta, Georgia, to serve poverty-stricken and
homeless people there. The effort was coordinated through and led by the nonprofit group “7 Bridges to
Recovery.” The organization’s mission is to rescue brothers and sisters off the streets and help them
break the bonds of homelessness, alcohol, drugs, sexual addictions, prostitution and abuse.
While in Atlanta, FGUMC youth mission participants prepared over 500 bag lunches each day and
personally delivered the meals to individuals, praying for and ministering to each person receiving a
Their continued inspiration and motivation to serve in similar ways can be summed up in a verse from the song entitled “Do Something” by Matthew West: “I’m so tired of talking about how we are God’s hands and feet; but it’s easier to say than to be. Live like the angels of apathy who tell ourselves it’s alright, somebody else will do something. Well I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of life with no desire. I wanna be the one who stands up and says, I’m gonna do something.”
On July 13th, our Youth, Youth Mentors and their Leaders shared their experiences and thoughts of their mission trip to Atlanta. Here are a few of the participants. Mission pictures coming soon! We are very proud of them.