Meet Ellery: A Compassionate 2nd Grader Who Raised Hundreds for The Bahamas


From Rev. Kyung Kim
Jones Chapel UMC

Meet Ellery. She is a daughter of Justin and Casie Tyson, and a big sister to three. They have been attending and actively participating with Jones Chapel UMC since they moved from Florida a few years ago. 

Having friends from the Miami area who are natives of the Bahamas, Bahamas has been close to the hearts of the Tyson family. And, having heard of the destruction and devastation from Hurricane Dorian, Ellery's heart was moved with compassion. About a month ago, during our Children's ministry, children were given M&M tubes to collect quarters to support any missions, and Ellery decided to work for the Bahamas. 

At first, she started with extra chores for quarters and a few extra dollars, but it wasn't enough to match the amount of compassion that she had. Ellery wanted to do more, and with the help from her mom, Casie, she decided to sell homemade cookies ($5 per dozen) and chocolate bundt cakes ($20). 

At first, they weren't sure what to expect, and it began with a few orders. But Casie's facebook post went viral among friends, including many of our church members. More and more orders came in, and now, a few weeks later, after spending weekends baking cookies and cakes during the last few weeks, Ellery has raised over $700 (and still counting). All these funds will go to help the people of the Bahamas.

People have commented on how great her cookies and cakes were, and there have been a few extra donations as well from those moved by her compassion for the Bahamas.  

Ellery turned 8 yrs old Monday and I am planning to recognize her work this Sunday before our church body.

I want to share this story to encourage others, no matter how small or inadequate they may feel, to move with compassion for those hurting. Ellery's work of compassion is an inspiration for others and I know she will continue to do good work.

Christ's love is active and alive in the hearts of our children, so please be proud of your church.  

Kyung Kim
Pastor, Jones Chapel UMC