Community Garden

On Friday we went to the Decatur community garden overseen by Global Growers. There are 36 plots each owned and run by a different refugee family. Each family has the freedom to plant whatever plant they want whatever variety they want. they typically plant plants that they grew in their home country. Most of the families are from Burma and Bhutan. They also grow many plants native to America like squash, corn, and tomatoes. they were also growing different varieties of plants we are familiar with like okra and snap beans. The okra they grew was larger than the normal varitey we grow. the snap beans they grow are about 2-3 feet long. When we were there we were pulling all the weeds out from under pear and plum trees and then putting mulch under the trees. We worked very hard but we did benefit from the experience!


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Mission Trip Pictures

Pictures from the Community Garden, Food Pantry, MLK Center, National Civil Rights Museum, and Shalom International Ministry 
 
 
 
 
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God Moment at Mercy Community Church

During our time at Mercy Community Church we had the chance to walk the streets and serve soup to the homeless. At first we were reluctant to serve because this was completely out of our comfort zone, but once we were out there and talking with the people on the streets all the anxiety faded away. One man stopped in the line and repeatedly said how awesome he thought we were for serving the homeless community in Atlanta. Another man sat down, after getting his meal, and just cried while eating his food at a bus stop. This was our God Moment for the day because it insured us that our work in Atlanta is truly making a difference.   -Mary Haven Tillman & Ben Phillips

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MLK Center and Paschals

After spending the morning and early afternoon at Mercy Community Church, we headed to the MLK Center in downtown Atlanta. It was a great experience to learn about such an important landmark in U.S. history. We were able watch a video of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and see his grave and the church he preached at early in his career. After leaving the MLK Center, we went to dinner at a well-known restaurant in Atlanta called Paschals. Paschals is a historical landmark, that was frequented by famous civil rights activists, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.      -Ryleigh Phillips & Mary Haven TIllman

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Mercy Community Church

The Lillington Presbyterian Church Youth woke up bright and early in order to arrive at Mercy Community Church for our first activities of the day. Mercy Community Church is located in a small corner next to Druid Hills Presbyterian Church. There sanctuary is a small, brightly decorated room with a small kitchen in the front. From wall to wall, flags were hung with pictures of the members on them. Mercy Community Church is a tight knit community filled with compassion. However, 95% of the congregated live on the streets of Atlanta. We all were slightly nervous when we arrived but soon our worries disappeared when we were welcomed with open arms by the members. We were also welcomed by the Pastor, Chad, and Brittany, the assistant pastor and our bible study leader for our trip! We began to socialize with some of the members and learn there stories. Before Bible study, some youth members were shown the clothing closet. Mercy Community Church’s clothing closet not much to look at. All of the clothes and supplies in the closet were donated so sometimes there isn’t much to go around. Even though supplies ran short you could tell that all who went in were thankful. When the time came for worship the members brought a new meaning to “making a joyful noise”.We all grabbed homemade instruments and began to sing along with Pastor Chad and his guitar. We may not have been exactly in tune but we certainly had fun. During Bible study Pastor Chad lead us in a lesson on John 6: 33-51. We talked about how Jesus was the bread of life and that how anyone who comes to him will never be hungry or thirsty again. When Bible study was finished we packed up sandwiches, soup, and snacks and headed for the streets. We made multiples stops on the sidewalk and met more people who live on the streets of Atlanta. After everyone had been served, Brittany encouraged us to be served as well! We all got some food and eat with our new friends on the side walk. This was very special for all of us. Some of the people were served showed so much gratitude! When we were finished we all made out long trek back to Mercy Community Church and began to clean up. At the end of the experience we reflected with Brittany and Chad. We all learned so much and formed so many relationships. Going and serving in Mercy Community Church was an experience will all will never forget.
by: Cameron Mewborn , and Landon Graham                            

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Pictures From Day 1

Here are some pictures from our first day in Atlanta  
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The youth being welcomed by Jay York, youth pastor at First Presbyterian Church Atlanta 
 
 
Here’s the youth enjoying dinner after a long ride to Atlanta
 
 
Here’s the youth walking in Downtown Atlanta
 
 

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First Day in Atlanta

Today, the Lillington Presbyterian Youth set off on their journey to Atlanta, Georgia. The drive seemed never ending but once we arrived in the city, we knew it was going to be worth it. The First Presbyterian Church was huge compared to ours! Once we unpacked, we walked to a nearby Panera Bread for dinner where we could settle down and enjoy each others company. When we came back to FPC we met Brittany who was going to be our bible study leader for the next couple days. Some of us were surprised to see that she had purple hair and multiple tattoos. As she began to talk, we realized we could see her passion for God and helping others. We immediately warmed up to her and began making our covenants for the mission trip. We all came to an agreement that we needed to respect each other and be open to uncomfortable situations.  Then, we opened our bibles to Mark 5: 21-43. In these verses, we learned about how Jesus cares for all and takes time to notice those who most people would ignore. At the end of the bible study, we split into groups to talk about our hopes and fears about the upcoming days. Many of us discussed our fear of being able to start a conversation with the homeless community. After discussing our fears, we realized that being uncomfortable is part of this trip and that we should embrace it and learn from it. We are excited about being involved in Mercy Church and their involvement with the homeless community. 
 
Ella Prince and Teagan Tillman

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LPC Youth Headed to Atlanta

AT 9:45 the LPC Youth began their journey to Atlanta

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