The Methodist Home Heals Hurting Hearts

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“Jesus said to Simon Peter … “Feed my lambs.” A second time Jesus said … “Simon ... Tend my sheep.” Jesus said to him the third time, “Simon … Feed my sheep.” – John 21:15-17

Just before Jesus returns to heaven, He commands Peter three times to care for His sheep. Here is an example of how The Methodist Home for Children and Youth in Macon, Ga. is tending Jesus’ sheep! If you would like to establish an endowment to support wonderful organizations like this, please contact Nancy Young, Georgia United Methodist Foundation’s Director of Planned Giving, at 678-708-6601 or nyoung@gumf.org.

In response to Christ and the Church, the mission of The Methodist Home for Children and Youth in Macon, Ga. is to be a model agency that restores childhoods, strengthens families and cultivates a people building organization. In the last year, The Methodist Home and The Foundation of The Methodist Home has received $40,000 in gifts resulting from endowments managed by the Georgia United Methodist Foundation.

“Because of the generous support of caring donors and friends and Methodists who have designated a portion of their estate, we are healing hurting hearts, untangling knots of rejection, and showing these precious children and families across South and Central Georgia a positive way forward to a brighter future,” said Alison Evans, President/CEO of The Methodist Home. “Gifts to The Methodist Home can change a child’s trajectory and future! The annual, ongoing distributions from these funds have helped us through some very lean times. These gifts enable us to assess our most immediate needs and to wisely and prudently use these blessings to bring glory to God through our vital ministry.”

Evans shared the following examples of how gifts received during the past fiscal year have impacted children’s lives. “We served 478 boys, girls and families through Lighthouse for Families Community Counseling Services. We provided care for 315 children living with us 24/7, which represents an increase of 15%. We served 20 different sets of brothers and sisters in residential care so the siblings could stay together,” she said. “We supported nine academically eligible seniors, who graduated from high school or received their GED. Additionally, 89% of our residential students were promoted to the next grade. We completed a much-needed brick repair project on Burden Chapel, which was built on the Macon campus in the early 1900s. We reestablished HOPE Foster Care, which places children in our own foster homes within the community. And we became a Sanctuary Certified Community, which is a model of care that creates a safe place for healing and hope!”

This article was originally published in the Georgia United Methodist Foundation's Fall 2017 Faith & Money.