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Grant and Shannon’s Mission Year Newsletter for December

Sorry for the delay in posting this. The holidays made for a busy month. But we’re feeling recharged and dreaming of what God will do with the rest of our Mission Year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Our December weeks have been filled with good cheer as we run about Atlanta preparing Christmas parties for kids, families, and seniors. One of the highlights came last week as we celebrated “Christmas in Peoplestown.” This was a joint production put on by the McDevitt Youth Center, Study Hall After-School Care, and Emmaus House Church. Over a hundred kids came out to make ornaments, eat cake, and sing carols. It was truly heart warming to sing and dance together as a neighborhood.

I’ve always thought of this season as a time for hope. As we enter the New Year, our hopes are high for our neighborhood and the time we spend here. Join us in hoping this season for an upcoming year of justice and jubilee.

For the holidays, Shannon and I are getting away to Augusta, Georgia. We are so excited for a time of reunion and rest with loved ones! We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Grant and Shannon - End of Year

Us relaxing on the couch after a long year. It’s hard to believe all that’s happened this year: Grant saw both an Aunt and Grandfather pass away; Shannon resigned her teaching position; Grant paused his career at Microsoft; we moved most of our belongings to California; and we find ourselves now in Georgia. Though it’s been a year of great transition, we remain excited about where we are and where we’re going.

How to Make a Donation

You may either use the enclosed envelope or you can donate securely online. Whenever you make a donation, be sure to include our Team Member Name and Support ID Number. Those are:

  • Team Member Name: Grant and Shannon Jenks
  • Support ID Number: 11-9031

Visit in your web browser to make a donation online. Make checks payable to “Mission Year” and include our Support ID Number in the memo line. Donations are tax deductible.

Grant and Marquavious

Marquavious shows off his Christmas ornament to the camera. As part of “Christmas in Peoplestown,” the kids made ornaments and hung them up.

Sharing Hopes

  • We hope the holiday break gives us much needed rest and rejuvenation for the next year.
  • We hope for the safety of our family and neighbors while traveling in this season.
  • Grant hopes his help with the Robotics Club will encourage and develop new engineers.

Thanksgiving in our House

We pose before our third Thanksgiving feast. We celebrated Wednesday with other teams in Atlanta, Thursday with a neighbor, and Friday as a house.

Javontae and Volcano

Aided by Shannon in after-school care, Javontae gets ready to cause an eruption with baking soda and vinegar.

Josh Helps Bake Cookies

Josh helps bake cookies. To display our need to neighbors, we fundraised with a simple bake sale.

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