Pancakes For Missions

March 02, 2022 - ALPHARETTA, GA
by Amanda Lane

On Ash Wednesday more than 75 people attended the Ash Wednesday Pancake Supper, hosted by the Midway youth. As people walked into the fellowship hall, they were hit with the delicious smell of bacon and pancakes. Griddles were set up around the fellowship hall as youth and adult volunteers were flipping the pancakes that were about to be consumed!

Pancakes were topped with chocolate chips, strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream. Syrup was plentiful. Bacon was crispy, and the eggs were fluffy.

The room was buzzing with excitement and joy. Looking around the room during dinner, attendees were smiling as they enjoyed a time of fellowship and food. Dave chose to celebrate his birthday with his family at the Pancake Supper. Charlie, age 8, took a big bite of his pancakes, which were piled high with all the toppings, and gave a thumbs up.

Why did the youth give their time to make pancakes? Missions! The youth are planning to go on a mission trip this summer to Greenville, South Carolina, July 14-16.

Greenville, South Carolina is a beautiful, family-friendly city, with a beautiful downtown area worth exploring. However, like every city there are people that live in poverty. One out of every 6 residents of Greenville live in poverty (Welfareinfo.org). There are 1,500 students in Greenville County Schools that are known to be homeless (Greenville Journal, Nov 17, 2021). Over 30,000 children are food insecure (Loaves and Fishes Greenville).

Midway youth feel very strongly about serving others and lending a hand to those in need. For the past several years they have dedicated one week of their summer to “Mission Week.” During Mission Week, participants serve around the community. On Sunday mornings, you can see the youth serving with children, in the audio-visual booth, and in various other roles during worship.

While in Greenville, they will be working through YouthWorks, a Christian organization that focuses on mission trips for teenagers. While in Greenville, the youth will partner with Greenville residents to help paint homes and do small repairs as well as participate in city beautification projects. Of course, trips like this do cost money. It’s projected that the trip will cost $400 per person, which includes a base cost, meals, team building, t-shirts, transportation, and incidentals. Never wanting cost to be the reason students do not participate, there are scholarships available. The youth are determined to host fundraisers to make the trip more affordable. In fact, their next fundraiser will be a fun Bingo Night!

Morgan Cox, Midway UMC Youth Minister, said, “Our Midway youth are so grateful for everyone who came out and supported us at the Ash Wednesday Pancake Dinner! Through your generosity, we were able to raise $1,500 towards defraying the cost of our Greenville Summer Mission Trip! We are really looking forward to serving the Greenville community this summer through hands-on work projects as we extend a “hand up” to Greenville residents. Thank you for all of your support!”

If you would like to provide additional support to our youth and this mission opportunity, you can give cash, write a check, or donate online at www.midwayumc.org/give. Be sure to mark your gift with "Youth Mission."

For more information about Midway UMC Youth programs, please call (770) 475-5230. 
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