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With the recent influx of missionaries, the Georgia Macon Mission was reformed in 2013. There are 5 stakes located within the Georgia Macon Mission – the Macon, Columbus, Tifton, Savannah, and Augusta stakes. There is a CES Institute located in Auburn. The area is serviced by the nearby temple in Atlanta, however, the temple is located outside of mission boundaries.
While there is plenty of typical American food that can be found, Georgia lies in the chart of the south, and as such, missionaries can expect to encounter plenty of Southern cuisine. Food items such as chicken and waffles, grits, cornbread, and seafood in coastal areas are all quite popular. Georgia is also famous for its peaches and pecans. Barbecuing is a popular pastime as well, especially during the summer months or for tailgating parties.
Like other stateside missions, missionaries will generally use either a car or a bicycle to get around their area. Designations are usually based on size of area or leadership designations.
Macon also has a public bus system and a tourist trolley system that operate within the city. The tourist trolleys showcase downtown Macon.
Some typical aspects of Georgian culture include “Southern Hospitality” (the idea of being warm and welcoming to visitors to the home). Southern Hospitality also includes providing Southern cuisine to guests, as well as practicing proper etiquette (like calling someone “sir” or “ma’am.” People in Georgia also share a sense of community, and church functions often serve as important social gatherings.
Football (especially the University of Georgia, Auburn University, and Atlanta Falcons football teams), hunting and fishing, and other outdoor activities are also popular in Georgia.
Expect to hear plenty of Southern dialect/accents while serving in the Georgia Macon Mission! Here are a few examples of some regional terms:
“Mactown” – nickname for Macon
“Coke” – often used to refer to any kind of soda
“Fixin’ to” – about to do something
The Gullah language, a type of creole, is also spoken in some African-American communities in the coastal areas.
The Macon area has a wide variety of interesting sites to visit! Ocmulgee National Monument is home to ancient earth mounds built over 1000 years ago. Other historical sites in the area include Fort Hawkins and the Cannonball House. The Allman Brothers Band Museum, The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, and The Georgia Music Hall of Fame are all located in Macon.
Savannah is also home to several historic sites, including several Civil War period sites.
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Macon GA 31210
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Straight from the Georgia Macon Mission:
*What items were hard to get or not available?
*What did you eat the most of?
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Fat Back, okra”
*What was most surprising about the culture?
*What advice would you give to someone going to the Georgia Macon Mission?
*What do you wish you had known before you served?