Georgia Man Moves To Hancock County To Help In Recovery Effort Full Time

Chris Bryan is doing what he does best.

"Cooking has always been a passion for me."

Bryan has worked in the restaurant industry for nearly 25 years, many of those as a chef. He decided to put his talent to work in a mobile kitchen set up at Lakeshore Baptist Church after doing relief work on the coast back in November.

"I went back to Blue Ridge after Thanksgiving and I talked to my parents and my pastor and my church, told them about my desire to go into full time mission work, and that is where the birth of 'Cooking For Christ Disaster Relief Ministries' came in," Bryan said.

"I put my house on the market and I turned in a notice to my job. I was managing a small restaurant in historic Blue Ridge, Georgia."

Relocating and redirecting his cooking skills aren't the only changes in Bryan's life.

"I've gone through six chemo treatments and, as of three weeks ago, was given a clean bill of health. So I packed up a camper and I'm here as long as I need to be here. If it's six months, if it's a year, if it's longer than that, this is where God has told me to be."

Bryan and his helpers cook three hot meals a day for the volunteers who are helping Lakeshore rebuild.

"These guys have been out hanging sheet rock all day, moving debris all day. Whatever it is that the individuals are doing each day, they need a good well-balanced, home-cooked meal to come home to at the end of the day so that they're fueled up and ready to do God's work the next day."

Cooking For Christ Ministry is a non-profit organization that relies on donations to operate. If you can help, click here to contact Chris Bryan by e-mail.

by Al Showers