We are so grateful to everyone that has provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner so far this summer, and those of you who we’ll get to meet in the next few weeks. We would be starving without you! Thank you so very much for supporting the S.D. Allen Summer Missionaries!
Every year at the end of the summer, we ask the summer missionaries for feedback about the summer - what they liked about being a missionary, what they didn’t like, things they would change, programs they would like to see implemented, etc. Without fail, one of the things that they love most about summer is the meals with our church family. While the free food is definitely a bonus, they truly enjoy spending time with families in our church and getting to know people that they otherwise would not meet.
As a college student in Tuscaloosa, it is easy to stay in the “college bubble” and only spend time with other college students and not venture far from campus. This is one of the main reasons that we believe serving in Tuscaloosa is so important during college. Students’ eyes are opened to the communities and people of Tuscaloosa, and they can see Tuscaloosa for the city that it is - and not just a place they went to school for four years.
The missionaries love spending time with families of all ages and stages of life who are kind enough to provide a meal throughout the summer. In the first half of the summer program, we have played cornhole and Catchphrase at a family’s house that is new to Tuscaloosa; had a pool party at a couple’s house that have been in Calvary for over 40 years; played wiffle ball in the park with a young family and their two boys; and played an icebreaker game with a small group of adult couples. Dinners are always a blast, and we love getting to meet everyone!
Providing meals for the missionaries is a simple way for you to support them and their ministry in our community. Although you may not be able to join them during the day at their summer programs, you may be able to drop by some donuts for breakfast or host them for dinner after work. By sharing a meal with them, you are also partnering with them in the good work that they are doing in our city and with the people of Tuscaloosa.
“I enjoy meeting the families. It's so awesome to see people of other generations supporting us throughout the summer. It's nice being in a family atmosphere while being away from home.”
- Marilaine Granberry, Junior from Dothan, AL
One of the major components of S.D. Allen Ministries is the Summer Missionary Program. This summer is the sixth summer of the program. Our missionaries partner with community organizations in the Tuscaloosa area to host backyard Bible clubs, help make furniture deliveries, organize summer basketball leagues, and a number of other service projects throughout the summer.
One of the questions we get asked a lot is, “What did y’all do today?” So, we thought we would give you a glimpse into a day in the life of a summer missionary.
Hi! I’m Rod. I’m from Demopolis, Alabama, and I will be a junior at UA this year studying electrical engineering.
The Lord has put the S.D. Allen Ministry on my heart since last summer when my roommates participated last year. I want to invest in the forgotten parts of Tuscaloosa because Jesus loves them too, whether that is through furniture deliveries or with Summer Hope!
In the afternoons after lunch, we usually help Jeff out in the warehouse or make pickups and deliveries. On this day, we straightened up the warehouse, and we unloaded several things off the furniture truck from donations that were picked up last week.
We also got to make a delivery and take a washing machine to a single mother.
In the afternoons, we have some free time to catch up on homework, go swimming, work out, etc. Then, we eat dinner at the home of a church family who has volunteered to cook for us. This is one of our favorite parts of the summer - getting to know families at Calvary!
Our days are busy, but so fun! They are jam-packed with kickball, Bible stories, great meals, and furniture deliveries. If you would like to provide a meal for the summer missionaries, please click here.
In an effort to communicate better with our supporters, donors, and community, we are going to start posting regularly to this blog feed in our website. We hope to share meaningful moments from furniture deliveries, fun stories from Summer Hope events, and ways that you can be involved in our ministry.
We had our busiest month ever in May 2019!
66 furniture donors
Served 31 families
Delivered 24 beds and 28 sofas/chairs
Secured new donations from The United Way of West Alabama, The Community Foundation of West Alabama, The Church of the Highlands - Tuscaloosa, ACA Classroom Donations, and Spine & Sport Clinic
On pace to deliver over 300 beds this year!
Delivered 150 beds in the first five months of 2019
Meet the 2019 Summer Missionaries!
This year’s missionaries will be serving alongside volunteers from Tuscaloosa Urban Missions working in the McKenzie Court and Rosedale communities. They will also be working with the children in Northport’s West Circle neighborhood doing backyard Bible clubs and a summer basketball league with The Brown House Community.
How to Partner with Us:
Volunteer at Summer Hope. Come hang out at McKenzie Court for the month of June! (Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am to Noon)
Feed the Summer Missionaries! Provide breakfast, lunch, or dinner for our team one day this summer.
Donate your gently used furniture to those in need in our area (beds, tables, chairs, sofas, dressers, appliances). Complete a Donation Form today to schedule a pickup.