Our fall volunteers, four of whom will stay on for the spring! We are especially thankful for their help to the Central American family with a new baby: cleaning, getting the older kids ready for school, checking in at lunchtime and after school, suppers, and bedtime.

Recap of the Year

Whether you are a new friend to us or have been in relationship with Jubilee for many years, we hope for a joyful Advent and Christmastime for you and your community. We’d like to share a few highlights from 2022.

– Fourteen resident volunteers joined us from three different countries (U.S., Afghanistan, South Korea). Many stayed to experience a second term.
– We hosted families or individuals from four continents and seven countries: Afghanistan, Venezuela, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Cameroon, and Ethiopia.
– We give thanks with our friends on death row and their families that for nearly three years running (since January 2020), Georgia has seen zero executions.  
– Representatives from Jubilee attended two excellent national conferences: Nurturing Communities Network and Christian Community Development Association.
– Summer volunteer Richard built us sixteen picnic tables (some of which are for our new picnic pavilion near the school), and we enjoyed using them to host a wedding for friends in town as well as our first large Thanksgiving gathering since 2019.
– The Land Team (garden, livestock, fruit trees, etc.) cut back on output for a sabbatical year of increased rest, prayer, research, organizing, and personal connection.
– Several books that groups of us enjoyed and learned from this year include: Joy Starts Here by James Wilder, The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, and Following the Call edited by Charles Moore.
– We end the year celebrating the birth of a healthy baby boy in one of the families we are hosting!