-by Patty Mozley
May 8 through 18 Marietta First United Methodist Church sent eight members to the Republic of Georgia to serve Public School #2, a school that serves 110 Internally Displaced People (IDPs).
IDPs are people that had to flee their country due to Russian control. They migrated into Georgia 25 years ago. There are 13 IDP schools in the country. We have been blessed to serve two of those schools with plans to begin work on our third school in 2017. Many of these schools have had to set up in abandoned buildings and receive little money from the government to support program and infrastructure. That is where we come in.
This year we supported the following projects: resurface and repair the outside of the building, a new front door, create and furnish a cafeteria, replace windows in a classroom, resurface and paint a classroom. We provided books for 1st through 6th graders and games such a cornhole for the older students.
We planned many activities for the students and the school planned many activities for us where we interacted with students and teachers. It was soon to say goodbye with tears in our eyes we left our friends with a promise to return.
We are very proud that our church is the only group in the world that supports these schools. At a recent celebration of Georgia’s independence at the Georgian embassy in Washington DC, MFUMC members Chuck and Mary Spivey were proud to say that the folks in Washington acknowledged the work that we do in The Republic of Georgia.
God has blessed us in sending us to Georgia. We hope that you will consider a trip with us, it will change your life.