Atlanta: Inner City Mission Trip with Eagles Nest

Johnson Ferry has been partnering with Eagles Nest Ministries of Atlanta for over 15 years.

What started with two MARTA retirees, Pastor Larry Arnold and Pastor Harold Smith ministering to homeless Vets in a downtown park over 25 years ago grew to a store front church, then to three properties on Edgewood Ave for a homeless ministry, and now has relocated to a more suburban and single / working parent family church ministry. 

After 15 years at Edgewood Ave location The Lord had clearly displaced the darkness that dominated that area and brought in the Light, so Eagles Nest moved to a new College Park location and this is the first year for the JFBC team to serve from this location.

This ministry, and mission trip, offers the opportunity to serve the poor, widows, orphans, children, and those in prison.  

The mission team assembled on Wed eve for dinner and planning.  Thursday began with breakfast and prayer meetings followed by beginning some light construction projects.

Thursday afternoon is an annual trip to Hall County Correctional Facility to minister to the 200+ inmates and provide a very welcomed BBQ dinner and real Coca Cola :)  Pastor Arnold delivered the blessings and Don Schrenk provided a quick workshop of tips and education on how they should prepare for the outside world.  The Holy Spirit always shows His presence at these events and the inmates & staff clearly appreciate our visit.  Several JFBC Deacons joined the team there to assist with serving.

Mission team, Pastors, and Deacons

Mission team, Pastors, and Deacons

On Friday we spend the majority of the day at the Georgia Baptist Childrens Home in Palmetto GA. This is a very impressive facility as it provides for several ministries on almost 400 acres of land. Mission team member Don Wheeler is an alumni of GBCH, so it is near and dear to our hearts. We assist with some maintenance and landscape projects but the primary focus is on providing the young teenagers and their house 'parents' with an afternoon / evening of fun activities, fellowship, and a cook out.  Sorry, I can not attach a picture of the youth due to security concerns, but I can show the sign and the chain link fence fixers :)

After the evening devotionals led by Ken Hayes, team leader Ian Lundberg always reminds us of our next activities.   Saturday morning's focus was on completing the various projects on the 'new to us' church and then assisting with their first neighbor hood cookout and community festival.  Jump houses were inflated, grills fired up, cotton candy machine readied, a prayer tent set up on the sidewalk, and plenty of people to show the love of Christ and extend invitations to join us and the church. 

The new sign going up..

gutters being fixed.

gutters being fixed.

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second jump house

second jump house

Cotton candy machine ! outside of DJ set up with good Christian tunes 'a rocking ' :)

Cotton candy machine ! outside of DJ set up with good Christian tunes 'a rocking ' :)

inside the sanctuary

Worship as Pastor Larry allows our own Hank Booth to provide the sermon !

Worship as Pastor Larry allows our own Hank Booth to provide the sermon !

The mission team with Pastor Larry and a new neighbor

The mission team with Pastor Larry and a new neighbor

To God be the Glory and may He Bless Eagles Nest Ministry