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First UMC Homestead

Serving In Kentucky
June 25, 2022
Community: Graves County
Partner: Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana
Staff: Gene Bracken, Jordyn Burke

We're Here And Ready To Serve....But First Rest!

by Gene Bracken | June 25, 2022 11:14 PM

We made it to Mayfield just fine and met the team we'll be working with this week!  It's so exciting to hear what God has been doing here and to think about what He's going to do this week.  But, we have been on the road a lot today and need to rest up, so we can be at our best to serve tomorrow!

We're Here And Ready To Serve....But First Rest!

Prayer Drive

by Jordyn Burke | June 30, 2022 2:58 PM

In order to prepare our hearts for the week to come, we went on a prayer drive. We looked at some of the tornado damage as well as prayed over some of our ministry sites this week! 

Prayer Drive

Sunday Night Worship

by Jordyn Burke | June 30, 2022 2:59 PM

As a way to continue to fix our eyes on the Lord and to prepare our hearts for the week to come, we joined in with the other team for worship and devo time! 

Sunday Night Worship

Kitchen Organizing

by Jordyn Burke | June 30, 2022 3:02 PM

As a way to serve Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana we reorganized their kitchen! 
Kitchen Organizing

Diaper Drive

by Jordyn Burke | June 30, 2022 3:07 PM

After the Tornado hit there became a need for diapers and formula skyrocketed. As a result Community Fellowship Baptist Church became a diaper distribution center. So, we went out there to reorganize and repallet the pallets of diapers that came in this week! 
Diaper Drive

Cleaning the Children's Center

by Jordyn Burke | June 30, 2022 3:12 PM

Another way that we served this week was by deep cleaning the children’s center at Community Fellowship Baptist Church! We wiped down every surface and then we sanitized all the toys!

The Lord's timing is always perfect because their cleaning lady had recently been injured and unable to clean. So we were able to come alongside them and bless Community Fellowship by cleaning! 

Cleaning the Children's Center

Finishing Up A Big Job

by Gene Bracken | June 30, 2022 5:54 PM

One of the local leaders asked us to help a tornado victim with some brush clean up.  It was a very big job, with four large piles of brush and logs!  But, we wanted to serve the homeowner as best as we could!  With a lot of hard work, some fun little contests, a some perseverance, we sorted and cut all the brush and logs into manageable piles, that she can safely burn later.  We saw how God can use us in big ways, if we just keep on pressing forward!

Finishing Up A Big Job

Cleaning So There Will Be Picnics!

by Gene Bracken | June 30, 2022 7:15 PM

One of our partners has been a leader in distributing supplies to people affected by the tornados.  Bottled water was important to the area, because the water treatment plant was damaged by the storms.  Our partner stored and distributed hundreds of pallets of water.  But, that meant their picnic pavilion could not be used for food and fun.  Today, we were able to help our partner take a step closer to returning their pavilion to it's original purpose.  We removed chicken wire used to keep birds out of the rafters.  And we power washed the ceiling to remove dirt and damaged insulation.  It was a dirty job, but one we enjoyed getting to do, as we thought about the fun times they will soon have here!

Cleaning So There Will Be Picnics!

Cleaning So Dreams May Come

by Gene Bracken | June 30, 2022 7:21 PM

One of our partners was given a doctors' office building.  They have dreams of how it could be used to help Spanish speaking people in the Community.  Unfortunately, it was another one of the buildings that was damaged by the tornadic storms.  Today, we were able to help clean up some of the roof debris that had not yet been picked up.  It is sad when dreams have to be delayed.  But, we were able to help our partner church take a step toward rebuilding their dream of serving the Hispanic Community in Mayfield.
Cleaning So Dreams May Come

Perseverance For A Special Family

by Gene Bracken | June 30, 2022 7:28 PM

One of the families we served had some serious medical needs.  The father of the family had a couple of severe heart attacks and was required to be on oxygen.  His bathroom was in serious need of repair.  A previous PPM team began working on the bathroom, only to discover there was structural damage to the floor.  They worked hard to get the floor stabilized and asked our TL if we could finish it.  There was a lot of work needed to get things to fit together correctly.  It took time and patience.  But, we were able to help this family have a very nice bathroom and shower.  We're thankful that we were able to serve them! 
Perseverance For A Special Family

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