Flynn heard about a Bunk Bed Ministry at the church. He offered the use of his truck and decided to tag along. MadCAAP (Madison Countians Allied Against Poverty) provided them with a list of children needing beds. Flynn reflects, "There was one little boy who was completely beside himself. He was so excited. He was literally sleeping on the floor in a corner. He was jumping around, squealing and said, 'This is the best day ever!' He had nothing. This was the first thing to call his own."
This is truly a church-wide mission. "We build the beds. They are good looking beds, but once we get the comforters and pillows on, they are comfortable and really nice." Flynn smiles, "We build them as a church. We set up an assembly line out in the yard, cut out the pieces, and the whole church comes together to sand them, stain them and put them together. It is amazing."
Last year, the church delivered twenty-five bunk beds, giving fifty children a comfortable, safe place to sleep. Flynn mentions that many of the individuals who are given beds receive counseling, budgeting and child-rearing classes through MadCAAP.
What an incredible mission. Thank you, Parkway Hills United Methodist Church, for giving beds to children around the state! For more information on MadCAAP, please visit their website here. Also, stay tuned for a blog featuring MadCAAP on Inspiration Mississippi very soon!
Photographs courtesy of Parkway Hills United Methodist Church