2022 outreach stories

January 2022:

We decorated Valentine’s cards and stuffed gift bags for the 104 residents of Meadowbrook Health and Rehab Center.

March 2022:

We did our 31st quarterly adopt-a-road cleanup on Harbins Rd, Lilburn. We received a special commendation from Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful 🙂

May 2022:

We collected toiletries for Lilburn Co-op at our Ladies Tea!

June 2022:

We did our 32nd quarterly adopt-a-road cleanup on Harbins Rd, Lilburn. Actual conversation while picking up trash:

Paul: I’ve never found money on a road. I’ve never even found $20.

(minutes later)

Bart: Wow, I just found $100!

Allen: I just found $100 too!

Paul: Oh, look, I just found $20!

Come join us on one of our many adventures in reaching out to our community. We don’t find $220 very often, but we always find joy and connection 🙂

Goodies for Gardeners – We prepared blessing boxes for 25+ H2B temporary migrant workers who are working locally for 6 months. We packed supplies, prayed blessings, and penned encouragements. Bart had the pleasure of delivering boxes to and welcoming the gardeners, who came from Chihuahua, Guanajuato, Oaxaca, Colima, Jalisco and Tijuana in Mexico. They were genuinely blessed and hearts were touched by these small kindnesses. They liked that los ninos (the children) helped decorate boxes.

“You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” ‭‭Leviticus‬ ‭19:34‬ ‭(ESV‬‬)

August 2022:

Fourteen of us went out after our monthly Potluck Lunch and cleaned up Pounds Rd – much fun in the sun!

September 2022:

On September 1st, eleven of us gathered together to get to know Samantha Wells (from New Hope Vineyard in Kennesaw) and learn more about her ministry with One Collective. We worshiped God together, enjoyed delicious goodies, heard about ministry among refugees in Athens, Greece, asked lots of questions, prayed for Samantha, and had an opportunity to give financial support.

October 2022:

We did our 33rd quarterly adopt-a-road cleanup, first time on our new stretch of road along Jimmy Carter Blvd between Hwy 29 and Britt Rd. We had a great time beautifying our community and sharing life with one another.

We prepared “good news, great joy” Christmas box gifts for children through Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.

November 2022:

A group of ladies gathered to raise awareness, pray together, and do something practical about human trafficking, via the ministry Rahab’s Rope.

We hosted a Community Thanksgiving Meal (no photos, though, sorry – we were having such a great time). After inviting hundreds of neighbors through personal invitations, leaving cards at businesses, and via social media, dozens of us gathered together and enjoyed a delicious meal and precious conversations, along with a Jesus talk and kids’ crafts. We are hoping to continue these community meals as a simple way to love our neighbors well!

December 2022:

We did our 34th quarterly adopt-a-road cleanup, cleaning up our stretch of road along Jimmy Carter Blvd between Hwy 29 and Britt Rd. We had a super time on this brisk morning uncovering beauty and bringing encouragement to our community and sharing life with one another along the way and tailgating with coffee & donuts.