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Sep 10, 2019

This Month at PAYH: Monthly Newsletter, September 2019

A New Sheriff in Town

Our new Chief Operations Officer, Colonel Ken Vaughn, begins work this week and is planning to hit the ground running. With the full blessing of our founder, Glenda Anderson, Colonel Ken is committed to supporting Paul and Glenda’s intent for our home to be Christ-centered, striving for excellence in all we do. Founded on faith, strength, and discipline, Paul Anderson Youth Home is not a juvenile facility nor a prison farm, but an exceptional home, established by a champion, to give young men a second chance.
Speaking on his new role, Colonel Ken commented “I’m a big believer in Providence. After serving our nation for 32 years, I prayed that God would make me His instrument and give me the opportunity to continue to serve others. Through His perfect will, God has used my experience as an officer, volunteer, counselor, and father to prepare me for this role. I am grateful and humbled thatGod has called me to be here. The rest of my life starts right now.”
Please pray for God’s wisdom and blessing upon him as he transitions into his role and prepares to lead PAYH.

Stories from the Home

Hurricane Dorian
Our campus and young men were very blessed to be spared the destruction of Hurricane Dorian. There was no damage to our physical structures and no large trees were felled. However, for many people in harder-hit areas, the effects were anything but mild. The Bahamas suffered an especially large amount of damage, and relief efforts are currently underway. A number of organizations are involved, including Samaritans Purse. We ask that you join us in prayer for the thousands who have lost their homes and/or loved ones. Should you feel led, you can support the ongoing relief efforts at
Wings of Hope
On leave from the USMC, Barron, one our past young men, came to visit the PAYH young men. While he was with us, he took time to speak to the young men about duty, honor, his experience in the military, and how the discipline he learned at PAYHprepared him to become a Marine. He told the young men that they have an opportunity through Christ to make something of their lives, and to make a valuable contribution to society. Barron is set to deploy later this year.
Tait’s Graduation
We are incredibly proud of Tait and his achievement in finishing the PAYH program. His testimony is one of the best we’ve had the privilege to share. Tait went from living on the streets with no future to a life filled with new hope in Christ, as he was saved and baptized at PAYH this past May. Hear his incredible story in his own words

Upcoming Event: Founders' Day

As many of you know, it’s been 25 years since Paul Anderson was called home to be with the Lord. This October, we are celebrating Paul and Glenda’s life and ministry with a very special Founders’ Day. The program will begin with a special presentation by strong man Tim Fox, who will be performing such feats of strength as bending rebar, breaking baseball bats, and driving nails through boards with his hands (which was one of Paul’s favorite’s). Afterward, we will have a father / son softball game with the PAYH young men. Kids can play in the bouncy house and slide, and some of our staff will find themselves precariously perched above a dunking booth. A delicious dinner, catered by Papa Buck’s Barbecue, will close out the evening.

Upcoming Event: Christmas Play

As we look forward to the Christmas season, one of our favorite ways to celebrate God’s marvelous gift of His son is through our annual Christmas Dinner Theater, to be held December 5th & 6th at First Baptist Vidalia. During this time, guests will be treated to dinner and a special production of “It’s Never Too Late” showcasing our PAYH young men. Through them, we will get to know 3 soldiers from the Vietnam era: their hopes and dreams, Christ’s impact on their lives, and how through Him it’s never too late to make things right.
Limited seating available. For tickets, please visit or call us at912-537-7237.

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Jun 10, 2019

This Month at PAYH: Monthly Newsletter, June 2019

Planting God's Word in the Hearts of Young Men

We have numerous hopes and priorities for the young men in our care. We want to provide them with a second chance and the opportunity to get their lives back on track. We want to help them break the chains of addiction, and see them repair family relationships that have often been severely damaged.
These priorities are good and desirable, but none of them represent our primary objective. A changed life on Earth is only a temporary improvement, but the impact of a soul redeemed for eternity never diminishes. First and foremost, we want to see each of our young men come to know Jesus Christ as their savior. Only through His grace and mercy can a life be truly changed forever. By planting God’s Word in the hearts of our young men, we seek to provide every opportunity for a young man to come to know the Lord.
God tells us in Isaiah 55:11 that His Word shall not return to Him void, but will accomplish the purpose for which He sent it. This month He gave us a poignant reminder of this promise when 4 of our young men received Christ and were baptized here on campus. Through His transformative power, their lives will never be the same.
A changed life is PRICELESS!

Stories from the Home


We are proud to announce that Travis finished the program and has entered the next phase of God’s plan for his life. Travis is preparing to start college in the fall studying airframe and powerplant mechanics, and in the meantime is working 3 part-time jobs to stay busy. His favorite one involves getting paid to fish! He’s also taken up hiking, is continuing the workout program he started at PAYH, and is active in his local church.


Unexpected Blessings

Sometimes God sees fit to bless us in unexpected ways. The Scriptures record numerous examples of this, such as when he provided mana for the Israelites in the wilderness. Recently, PAYH was the recipient of a similar blessing when Jason Varn of Koppers Utility & Industrial Products stopped by with an unsolicited $3,000 check. The local branch, which is about half a mile down the road from PAYH, held a fundraiser and chose to donate a portion of the proceeds to our ministry

Athens Y Camp

Twice a year our young men spend a week at the Athens Y Camp, where they help do various tasks around the campus such as trimming hedges, cleaning up limbs, and other seasonal tasks to prepare the campus for its busy season. They also had the opportunity to enjoy numerous outdoor activities, including ziplining, fishing, tubing, canoeing, swimming, and paintball.

Upcoming Event

When Paul first had a vision to open the home in 1961, he undertook a bike ride from Vidalia, GA to Omaha, NE in order to raise funds to begin operation. To commemorate his historic ride, each year we select a group of young men to ride 500 miles, raising funds and awareness to continue Paul’s vision. This year our route will take us from Flagler Beach, FL up the coast to Savannah and then to Augusta before turning for home. To learn more about the ride and the young men riding in it, or to sponsor one of our young men on his journey, visit


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May 16, 2019

PAGC 2019 Slideshow

26th Annual PAGC

The 2019 Paul Anderson Golf Classic was as usual a memorable event. It was a beautiful day; the weather was perfect, the food was delicious, and the fellowship was incredible.  Thanks to all who came out to help raise nearly $100,000 that goes directly to helping transform the lives of troubled young men and their families at PAYH.

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May 07, 2019

This Month at PAYH: Monthly Newsletter, May 2019

The Man I Never Met

Last month we introduced you to the oldest member of the PAYH family; this month we’d like you to meet the youngest. Josh graduated the PAYH program in 1999 and, 20 years later, the impact his time at the Home had on his life led him to name his newborn son after our founder. Pictured on the right is Josh, his wife Patti, and his son Anderson Paul. Below you’ll find a short message from Josh testifying to the life-changing impact and the priceless difference a changed life can make.

There are people you meet that impact your life so significantly, you never forget the smallest detail about them. They make you want to be a better person, and aspire to impact as many lives as they have.  They allow you to feel safe, encourage you, and see talents you didn’t know you had.  I imagine Paul was this type of person. 

I never met him, but I feel as if I know Paul.  Stories of Paul’s thundering voice from the back porch being heard across the yard, instructing and leading the boys.  His intensity for life, love of God, and his passion to help troubled young men become productive and contributing men to society can be seen throughout the Campus.  More important than the stories, is the foundation on which He and Glenda built the Home. It’s that foundation, that shaped me.  The ethics, discipline, love and spiritual guidance I received at PAYH made me the man I am today. 

Anderson Paul Joiner was born April 20th at 3:36pm.  His name represents something bigger than any one of us; it epitomizes the impact Paul Anderson had on my life, even though I never met him.  I hope and pray my son can be a man like Paul.

A man’s worth should not be judged by his job or possessions, but by his legacy.  Paul’s physical strength was unmatched; his legacy is stronger!

Thank you to Paul, Glenda, staff and everyone who has supported PAYH!


Josh Joiner (PAYH Alumnus / May 1997 – Dec. 1999)

Stories from the Home

SEPC Goodness Garden

The ever-faithful Southeast Produce Council visited our campus last month to tour the campus and plant the garden for the spring. After planting a variety of crops and visiting with our young men, the SEPC members joined us for lunch and fellowship in the dining hall.


Higgston Baptist Church Cornhole Tournament

The boys had a blast last month with Higgston Baptist Church and Pastor Allen Rea, who treated them to grilled pork chops, coleslaw, baked beans, banana pudding, and other treats. After lunch they held a cornhole tournament in which each young man was paired with a church member, with Lane’s team coming out on top.


42nd Annual Onion Run

PAYH has been participating in the Onion Run since its inception, and our young men have become a regular fixture of the event. This year, like most years, they earned several medals, with Camden taking 1st in his age category and Tait and Tres coming in with 2nd and 3rd.


Southeast Georgia Soapbox Derby

In 2017 PAYH was asked to be the pit crew for the Southeast Georgia Soapbox Derby, and they had such a great time and did such a good job that they asked us to make it a permanent arrangement. Last weekend they did it again, loading cars on trailers and changing tires throughout the day. Lyons City manager Jason Hall trained the young men prior to the event and provided them with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Upcoming Event

This year we are hosting the 26th annual Paul Anderson Golf Classic at the River Club in North Augusta, SC. Over the past 26 years this tournament has provided several million dollars in revenue and has been a major part of our operating budget. To learn more, or to register a team, visit

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Apr 16, 2019


A Changed Life is Priceless!

At PAYH, Jackson learned that his anger and addiction issues were symptoms of a much greater problem – the fact that he lacked a relationship with God. While he had previously been a “deliberate non-believer,” that came to an end in November when the Holy Spirit moved upon his heart and Jackson came face to face with the reality of his sin and his need for Christ.
You can help more young men like Jackson have a second chance and find hope in Christ through your investment in Paul Anderson Youth Home. You can help to change a life for eternity!
A changed life is priceless!

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Apr 02, 2019

This Month at PAYH: Monthly Newsletter, April 2019

Showers of Blessings

As the old hymn goes, PAYH has seen “showers of blessings” this past month. The Lord has blessed us with faithful friends both old and new, opportunities to expand our reach in His Kingdom, and the financial resources to fulfill the calling He has placed upon us. 

God's Kingdom Has No Age Limit

We had the incredible honor this year of visiting with Ms. Lois, our oldest living supporter. At 105 she’s still youthful and active, walking a mile every day even as the “younger residents of her assisted living facility decline her offers for them to join her. Stearne spent quite some time visiting with her as she told stories of her days as a schoolteacher in Tift County before World War 2, the difference between cow’s milk and goat’s milk (which she learned working on her family farm), and her experiences as a high-school librarian. At one point she commented that it was “good to remember these things… I haven’t remembered some of these things in years. Lord willing, we plan to make the trip to see her again soon.

Stories from the Home

Stearne’s Graduation

Stearne, one of our young men, graduated the program April 1st. While we will certainly miss him, we are excited about what the future holds for him. During his time in the program, Stearne learned the value of hard work, honesty, and integrity, and was able to participate in a wide variety of activities, including the Vidalia Teen Maze, visiting with donors, and riding on the PAYH Bike Ride. Now that he’s finished the program, Stearne plans to pursue a career as a welder and eventually start his own business. Hear his heartfelt testimony at


Ogeechee Steel Visit

Our young men had an opportunity to learn a bit about the steel fabrication and construction industry this month when they toured Ogeechee Steel in Swainsboro, GA. President Janet Johnson and Secretary / Treasurer Brandi Perossa provided breakfast and fellowshipped with the young men before manager Rick Evans gave a tour of the plant and discussed the process of fabricating and constructing a steel building, services which they provide nationwide.


SEPC Southern Exposure

For several years, the Southeast Produce Council has been a wonderful blessing to PAYH as well as a faithful partner with us in ministry. This past month, at their annual Southern Exposure event, the SEPC presented PAYH with a check in the amount of $25,000, which Advancement Officer Victoria Shuman was delighted to accept. In addition to its sponsorship of our bike ride, golf tournament, and Christmas play, the SEPC sponsors the PAYH “Goodness Garden, which they will come to help plant for the 2019 season on April 5th.


Fire Science

One of the objectives of our educational program is to expose our young men to a variety of educational opportunities and educate them on numerous career options. One of the more interesting courses available to our young men is Fire Science. Taught by Vidalia Fire Department Captain Robert Tillman, our young men get the opportunity to learn many of the skills and techniques employed in containing and extinguishing fires, as well as rescue techniques and proficiency with a wide variety of firefighting equipment.

Upcoming Event

This year we are hosting the 26th annual Paul Anderson Golf Classic at the River Club in North Augusta, SC. Over the past 26 years this tournament has provided several million dollars in revenue and has been a major part of our operating budget. To learn more, or to register a team, visit

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Mar 06, 2019

This Month at PAYH: Monthly Newsletter, March 2019

Running the Race Set Before Us

Hebrews 12:1 refers to the Christian walk as a race, and for those of us at PAYH, it has certainly felt like that at times. It’s been a busy month, as you’ll see as you read the stories below, but it’s also been a very successful month. We’ve seen wonderful testimonies in the lives of our young men, and tremendous financial success as the Lord has blessed us with not only a very strong end to 2018, but with positive finishes to both January and February.

4th Annual Chick-fil-A Vidalia Road Race

Our 4th Annual Chick-fil-A Vidalia Road Race was a smashing success. The weather was just right – neither hot nor cold, cloudy but not raining. Furthermore, we had our largest turnout yet with 584 runners. We’re looking forward to breaking 600 next year at our 5th annual race. For full results, visit or visit our Facebook page at to see hundreds of pictures of the race. We hope to see you there next year!

Stories from the Home

Georgia Baptist Healthcare Grant

We are thrilled to announce that the Georgia Baptist Healthcare Ministry Foundation has selected PAYH to receive a $50,000 grant. Our Director of Advancement, Bill Shepherd, received the check at the GBHCMF Grant Luncheon on February 7th. In their own words, “GBHCMF believes the Paul Anderson Youth Home ministry has demonstrated an active service that aligns with the GBHCMF’s core mission to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ through the provision of direct health care services. For more than 100 years, the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry has offered a ministry of healing to those in need.

Zion Concert

Our young men enjoyed a unique experience when Christian musician Zion came and gave an on-campus concert. He had the young men’s attention from beginning to end and unapologetically shared God’s message of salvation. Through his lyrics and music, the Word of God was clearly communicated, and we believe many seeds were planted in their hearts that evening.

Teen Maze

3 of our young men (Stearne, Travis, and Lane) shared their testimonies at this month’s Teen Maze at FBC Vidalia. While all of their stories were powerful, Travis’ story especially resonated with the listeners as he told of a time when his friends wanted him to sneak out with them to party one night. Travis was unable to get free, and it ultimately saved his life as the friends he would have been traveling with were both killed in an accident that evening.

Southern Choices Day Center

We were blessed to have the residents of Southern Choices Day Center on campus this month for a tour and to visit with our young men. They seemed to truly enjoy themselves, and many had never been on our campus before. To learn more about Southern Choices Day Center and what they do, visit their Facebook page or their website at

SOAPS “Spayghetti” Dinner

The Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society (SOAPS) hosted a “spayghetti” dinner last week to raise money to provide for spaying and neutering dogs and cats in need. For over 30 years SOAPS has been helping dogs and cats in Toombs and surrounding counties find adoptive homes as well as various other services for animals in need. Learn more at

Upcoming Event

This year we are hosting the 26th annual Paul Anderson Golf Classic at the River Club in North Augusta, SC. Over the past 26 years this tournament has provided several million dollars in revenue and has been a major part of our operating budget. To learn more, or to register a team, visit

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Feb 26, 2019

Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation Awards $50,000 Grant to PAYH

Bill Shepherd (center), PAYH Director of Advancement, receives the GBHCMF grant check on behalf of Paul Anderson Youth Home. Pictured with him are Houston Bass (left) of the GA Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation and Thomas Hammond (right), Executive Director of the GA Baptist Mission Board.

This year marks the 14th annual Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation’s Grant Award Luncheon. This luncheon allows the GBHCMF’s Board the opportunity to recognize those ministries throughout the state that have demonstrated effective and efficient direct health care services to their local communities. GBHCMF is both honored and blessed to provide financial support to these ministries. Organizations receiving an award represent some of the most efficient “hands-on providers of health care services in the state. They have also demonstrated excellent core competency service to those in need of health care. It is the GBHCMF’s hope that these funds will help lighten the burden of those who offer health care services as well as those who ultimately receive those benefits. This year the Paul Anderson Youth Home was awarded a grant of $50,000 to assist in the organization’s continued efforts to provide direct health care services to their community. GBHCMF believes the Paul Anderson Youth Home ministry has demonstrated an active service that aligns with the GBHCMF’s core mission to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ through the provision of direct health care services. For more than 100 years, the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry has offered a ministry of healing to those in need.  Providing grant funds to these nonprofit health care providers fulfills their mission of service through local organizations.

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Jan 15, 2019

Christmas Play 2018

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Jan 08, 2019

eNewsletter: January 2019

Where are we headed in 2019?

The future impact the Paul Anderson Youth Home desires is: To See Generations of Strong Families Serving Christ. In seeking God’s wisdom and direction concerning how best to achieve this vision, we initiated a formal strategic planning process involving both key staff leadership and board members.
Russell Ackoff has stated that “planning is anticipatory decision making that involves the process of making decisions prior to the action being required. As a team, we agreed that future impact is influenced by at least two things: the decisions we make today and the follow-up actions we take.
Our ongoing mission, the only reason we exist, is to help transform the lives of troubled young men and their families. By pursuing this mission daily and by focusing on our four core priorities, we are trusting the Lord’s hand of power and provision to provide the means to see this vision become a reality. We look forward to continuing our partnership in ministry with you during the coming year!

Stories from the Home

PAYH young men pose with “Santa” ( or Vidalia Fire Chief Brian Sikes, depending on who you ask), who surprised them with treats and gifts.

Christmas Play 2018
The PAYH Christmas Play enjoyed its largest attendance in years this past December. Jackson opened the program with his own original composition, “Youth Home Blues. From there, the play embarked on a journey to understand the struggles of young men when they first enter the PAYH program and how they find ways to adapt to their changing environment. Over the course of his experience, Jackson eventually learned that Christ would show him the way. As usual, it was a real treat for the audience. We hope you’ll choose to join us this for this year’s production on December 5th & 6th, 2019.

Concentrating intently, Stearne puts the finishing touches on his hand-crafted pen.

Christmas at PAYH
After a busy Christmas play week, the PAYH young men enjoyed some well-earned rest during Christmastime. During a break from school, our young men enjoyed numerous board games and various other fun activities. That’s not to say they didn’t keep themselves busy. They baked and delivered Christmas cookies to many local individuals, including the Vidalia police and fire departments, visited various local churches for special services, and each young man had an opportunity to craft hand-made wooden pens. When their families came to visit, our young men were able to give these special pens to their fathers as Christmas gifts.

Financial News

The Lord saw fit to bless us tremendously this past year in many ways. In one particular way, He moved upon the heart of an anonymous donor to offer a $100,000 matching grant. We had just over 5 weeks to meet the challenge, but the Lord saw it through in only 2. May His name be praised!

Upcoming Event

Whether you’re a competitive runner or enjoy a casual stroll, there’s a place for you at the 4th Annual Chick-fil-A Vidalia Road Race. Benefiting both PAYH and Winshape Camps in Vidalia, we are expecting over 500 runners to join us on March 2nd. Sign up at and visit the race’s Facebook page at
We can’t wait to see you there!

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