2019-01-09 / Community

Mission Teams Aid Locals


Students spend Christmas break assisting southwest Georgia residents in recovery efforts. Students spend Christmas break assisting southwest Georgia residents in recovery efforts. In the past several weeks, some residents of Colquitt have benefitted from the work of mission teams coming to our area for Hurricane Michael relief efforts. During the week prior to Christmas, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson of the North Georgia United Methodist Conference led a team of 20 volunteers to inspect damage and to work on clearing trees and debris from yards. Bishop Sue was joined by pastors, district superintendents, conference staff, and volunteers from eight North Georgia United Methodist churches.

The team brought Christmas cheer to many local residents still in need of assistance with storm cleanup. Brandon Tolle, the campus minister of Wesley Foundation of Macon, brought staff members and student volunteers for a Winter Mission trip to our area from January 1 to January 5. Tolle’s team was joined by chainsaw operators from nearby cities to aid in relief work. The students generously devoted a portion of their Christmas break to help southwest Georgia in recovery efforts. Rev. Scott Stanfill, pastor at Colquitt United Methodist Church, led the teams on tours of the heavily damaged church facility. Colquitt UMC is currently holding Sunday morning worship services at the Chapel at Colquitt First Baptist Church until the interior of the building can be completely restored. More United Methodist mission groups are expected in the coming weeks.



Chain saw worker helps with relief work. Chain saw worker helps with relief work.

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