Summer Wrap-Up

It’s hard to believe that there is only one week left in our summer programs. The summer has been full of kick ball, singing, Bible stories, block parties, games, and lots of FUN! Hear from some of our summer missionaries about what they’ve learned this summer and some memories that will stick with them.

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One of the most memorable experiences that I will take from this summer is meeting a family of four at one of the block parties - a single mom with three children. While at the block party, I invited the kids to Summer Hope the next day. When I went to their home to pick up the kids for Summer Hope, I noticed they did not have a couch in their living room. That afternoon, some of us were able to deliver a couch to them, and I had the opportunity to pray over the family. They have started coming to church with me on Sundays. I cannot wait to see how the Lord works through this new friendship with this family.

- Marilaine Granberry, Dothan, AL


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This summer doing SD Allen has been a life changing experience. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve Tuscaloosa through the camps we ran throughout the summer. It was amazing to see the growth that took place not only in the families we encountered but for within myself. This has truly been a summer I will never forget.

- Will Turley, Oxford, AL



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This summer, I have been challenged to love others with patience and grace, the way the Lord loves all of us. I’ve spent my days with kids, college students, and adults of all ages. With each encounter, day at Brown House, or meal with a family, the Lord reveals pieces of Himself to me and reminds me of His goodness. I’m thankful for the hearts I’ve met and learned from this summer. I’ll cherish the stories I’ve heard and relationships the Lord has shaped forever.

- Katie Holcomb, Hackleburg, AL

Mid-Year Stats Update

The past few months at SD Allen have been extremely busy. This summer, we are averaging around 20 pickups and deliveries every week. Thanks to your donations, we have been able to help close to 200 families so far this year! We are on track to deliver 400 beds in 2019 - that’s 400 more people who have a bed to sleep in and who are now #offthefloor!

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1,213 beds delivered through SD Allen over the past 5 years.

1,215 families served over the past 5 years.

172% increase in number of total items delivered between 2014 and 2018.

Recent Deliveries Update

On Thursday of this week, we had a busy day of deliveries!

We delivered to four different families: two homeless veterans that now have a place of their own and two single moms who were victims of house fires. Thanks to your donations and support, we were able to deliver eight beds to these families, along with tables, chairs, sofas, and dressers!

If you have gently used furniture to donate, please click the button below to access our Donation Form.

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Thanks to our volunteers for making the deliveries on Thursday!

Thanks to our volunteers for making the deliveries on Thursday!

Thank You for Providing Meals for our Summer Missionaries!

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!

Wiffe ball in the park with the Wilkins!

Wiffe ball in the park with the Wilkins!

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!

Lovely dinner on the patio with the Fontes!

Lovely dinner on the patio with the Fontes!

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.

Playing outside after dinner at The Green House with the Jones Family!

Playing outside after dinner at The Green House with the Jones Family!

“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

A Day in the Life of a Summer Missionary

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.

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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!

My day starts at about 6:30 am, when I roll out of bed, brush my teeth, pick my hair, and read my Bible.

My day starts at about 6:30 am, when I roll out of bed, brush my teeth, pick my hair, and read my Bible.

My roommate (and fellow missionary) Nathan and I carpooled to the building.

My roommate (and fellow missionary) Nathan and I carpooled to the building.

We get to the building right on time - at 7:30 am.

We get to the building right on time - at 7:30 am.

We eat breakfast every morning, provided by volunteers from our church family.

We eat breakfast every morning, provided by volunteers from our church family.

This day, we had biscuits and chocolate gravy (and fruit and bacon) prepared by our very own Katie Holcomb (another missionary). Thanks Katie!!

This day, we had biscuits and chocolate gravy (and fruit and bacon) prepared by our very own Katie Holcomb (another missionary). Thanks Katie!!

After breakfast, Jeff leads us in a daily Bible study. This summer we are going through the book of Acts.

After breakfast, Jeff leads us in a daily Bible study. This summer we are going through the book of Acts.

Next, we got all of our supplies ready for Summer Hope - water bottles, journals, crafts, speakers, etc. Then, we headed over to McKenzie Court.

Next, we got all of our supplies ready for Summer Hope - water bottles, journals, crafts, speakers, etc. Then, we headed over to McKenzie Court.

We start out with a Bible story - this day we taught about generosity and the widow who gave her last mites to Jesus.

We start out with a Bible story - this day we taught about generosity and the widow who gave her last mites to Jesus.

Then we had some fun and played some kickball.

Then we had some fun and played some kickball.

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After our morning at McKenzie Court, we head back to the S.D. Allen building for lunch provided by a volunteer. This day, we had sandwiches, fruit, and bacon-swiss dip.

After our morning at McKenzie Court, we head back to the S.D. Allen building for lunch provided by a volunteer. This day, we had sandwiches, fruit, and bacon-swiss dip.

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.

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We also got to make a delivery and take a washing machine to a single mother.

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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!

We had tacos and nachos at the Green House with Adam & Carrie Jones and their family.

We had tacos and nachos at the Green House with Adam & Carrie Jones and their family.

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Fun on the tire swing!

Fun on the tire swing!

Thanks to the Jones Family for hosting us!

Thanks to the Jones Family for hosting us!

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.