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On Saturday, April 27th, the Johnson Ferry family set out into the community for our annual Share the Blessing, a day of service to local ministries in Cobb County and the Atlanta Metro area. Although rain had been forecasted for a full week leading up to the event, the Lord graciously provided a beautiful day in which we had the opportunity to share the story of Jesus Christ as well as work alongside ministry partners for springtime projects.
Many of our Sunday Bible Study groups were able to team up to pack food boxes to be delivered to families in Atlanta and third world countries. Some painted while other groups did Spring Cleaning and landscaping projects on different sites. The Hammond class served at a permanent supportive housing facility of MUST Ministries to build vegetable garden plots for the residents to tend. Dr. Ike Reighard, President and CEO of MUST Ministries said,
“This is an exciting time for these residents who have never had a garden and who usually don’t have access to fresh vegetables. Your congregation has not only planted physical seeds of hope among those who feel lost and lonely, but also spiritual seeds that will grow along with the plants.”
Many families served together cross-culturally through block parties and festivals in Clarkston, a refugee resettlement community east of Atlanta. Others joined together to assemble new chairs for a preschool class at a Hispanic church plant in Norcross. Sheila, the pastor’s wife, was nearly in tears as she shared,
“The preschoolers have been praying for chairs! They usually fight over the ones we have, and one night, I just had to stop them and say, ‘Let’s pray and ask God to bring us some chairs.’ They have been praying, and this is an answer to those prayers!”
Johnson Ferry member, Carroll, was able to share her story of growth through suffering with a group of residents at the Campbell Stone retirement community as she was serving with the Women of Faith Sunday Bible Study class.
“I wanted to share how my personal relationship with Christ had grown through five difficult experiences I have had during my adult life and how His love for me had totally given me the strength to get through each and every day. Oh, how awesome our God is—He helped me do what I did, and I pray that my story encouraged someone.”
What a joy and privilege to come alongside so many great ministries who are partnering to reach the greater Atlanta metro with the love of Christ!