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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.

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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

Race-logo-10k-5k-1-mileWhether 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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Sep 25, 2017


Hunter’s life is a story of change, hope, and redemption. Through the work God is doing at PAYH, God has radically transformed his life, and he will never be the same. Listen as he takes a few minutes to share his powerful testimony.
A changed life is PRICELESS!


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Sep 05, 2017

A Changed Life is Priceless

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Want to give a priceless gift by investing in the lives of others? God has been changing the lives of young men and their families at PAYH for more than 56 years.

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A Priceless Investment
Aug 22, 2017

A Priceless Investment

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? – Mark 8:36
When asked by a reporter “What would you be worth if you hadn’t given so much money to charity? the late George Jenkins short and simple answer – “Nothing. Why did he answer this way?
Born in 1907, Jenkins began as a clerk at a Piggly Wiggly supermarket at the age of 17, and quickly worked his way up to a manager’s position. He was efficient and motivated, and sales in the store he managed quadrupled within a year.  However, when the great depression hit, the store he managed was sold.  Things were difficult under the new owner, and Jenkins decided to simply start his own business instead, incorporating under the name “Publix Food Stores. The first year was hard, but after the competing Piggly Wiggly closed, business boomed and he began to open new locations. Thus, a supermarket giant was born, and Publix remains a top player in the supermarket industry today.
One of the drivers of Jenkins’ success was the investment policy he implemented on behalf of his employees. He believed that workers who were invested in the company would be incentivized to see it succeed, and implemented a system in which his associates (he didn’t call them “employees) accumulated stock in the company and shared in its profits.
Just as Publix associates were better motivated because they had a stake in the company, we are better motivated to see a cause succeed when we invest in it directly. This is doubly true when investing in God’s kingdom, which yields a return in this life and the next. When you invest your time, efforts, and finances into ministry, you invest in something priceless, because the profits from your investment will pay dividends for eternity.
So why did Mr. Jenkins answer the reporter’s question the way he did? George Jenkins understood the value of an eternal investment, giving millions to charity over his lifetime. In the words of Jim Elliot, he gave up “what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose, and his investment in God’s kingdom continues to pay off. He knew that a changed life is priceless, that material wealth isn’t everything, and that while he could have kept more money for himself, in the end it would have been worth nothing.

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Want to give a priceless gift by investing in the lives of others? God has been changing the lives of young men and their families at PAYH for more than 56 years.

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A Priceless Legacy
Aug 15, 2017

A Priceless Legacy

What does it mean to leave a legacy? Have you ever thought about the world you will leave behind, or the effect your life will have upon it? Great or small, good or bad, each of us will change the world to some degree.
In his poem Ozymandias, Percy Bysshe Shelley describes what was once an imposing, colossal statue that towered above the inhabitants of a forgotten city. Now, the surrounding structures have eroded away, leaving only the sculpture itself. Though now a shattered ruin, the inscription on the pedestal can still be read – “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair! Surrounded only by “lone and level sands the statue is a mere shadow of its former glory, yet still declares the might of the long-dead king to a barren desert.
It reads like a cautionary legend, but Ozymandias was no fictional character. “Ozymandias was the Greek name for Ramses the Great, considered by many to be the greatest and most powerful Pharaoh in Egyptian history. Ruling for 66 years, he won numerous military victories and expanded Egyptian wealth and influence to unprecedented levels. His people considered him to be a god, and nine subsequent pharaohs took the name Ramses in his honor.  In his day he was without equal, heavily influencing the future development of 3 continents.
Ramses was a great man by historical standards, but what is the eternal value of his deeds? Consider Christ’s words in his Sermon on the Mount:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:19-21

We each “store up some form of “treasure daily. For some that means investing in savings accounts, property, retirement accounts, or other financially profitable means. For others that may be in experience, knowledge, or skill. These are good things to pursue, but the truly wise don’t invest exclusively in the things of this world.
Like most pharaohs, Ramses was buried with a great deal of wealth, but it was quickly stolen by thieves exactly as Jesus described. Even if it hadn’t, it wouldn’t do him any good. The glory of Ramses has faded, he has no further power or influence, and the empire he ruled is no more.
So what kind of legacy will you leave? Like Ramses, you can invest in earthly treasure, but over time your legacy will begin to decay. However, if you invest your life in others, and pour yourself into serving God and His kingdom, your legacy will last forever. How do you do this? The basic instructions are simple (but not necessarily easy to carry out). Invest your life in others; share the Gospel, be active in your local church, give generously to those in need, and teach others to do the same.  You may not go down in history, but the priceless legacy you leave will last forever, and the glory of Ramses will pale by comparison.

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May 10, 2017

PAGC 2017 Slideshow

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Apr 07, 2017

PAGC 2017

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Isn't There a Better Way?
Mar 07, 2017

Isn’t There a Better Way?

At PAYH, we strive to be the BEST AT WHAT WE DO.  Maintaining a quality program that adapts to meet the needs of each new generation requires plenty of time, effort, and research.  One of the most important things we can do for a young man before he leaves is instill the proper work ethic, drive, and skills needed to succeed in a competitive job market.  Otherwise, he becomes much more likely to fall back into old habits as he struggles to find employment. 
Worker with Tools(1).pngThe pendulum in the U.S. job market is swinging back toward skilled labor.  In previous years, it seems we have invested in more college degrees than the market can support, and this trend is demonstrated by the statistics above.  Because of this, we are adopting a more wholistic approach designed to develop our boys into well-rounded, capable men with diverse employment options.  This summer, we will open our new VOCATIONAL SCHOOL, through which our boys will be introduced to various skilled occupations, allowing them to discover their talents and aptitudes through hands-on experience.  They will learn the basics of trades such as agriculture, auto mechanics, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and many more, and will leave us ready to enter those fields at the apprentice level or pursue more advanced training programs. 

Our founder, Paul Anderson, understood that hard work leaves little time and energy for mischief and fortifies the mind, body, and spirit. By graduating our program with clear purpose and direction, our young men will have the best possible chance at success.  They will become assets to society rather than liabilities, and will lead a new generation of workers to ECONOMIC AND SPIRITUAL PROSPERITY.

Will you be a part of this initiative and help to provide new opportunities for our young men?  In doing so, you are not only INVESTING IN THE FUTURE of these individual young men, but also in both the United States economy and the Kingdom of God.
Change starts with ONE!
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Advancement Officer

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Feb 09, 2017

The Legacy of Paul Anderson

He was the world’s strongest man. The history of Paul Anderson Youth Home begins with Paul Anderson Himself.
Watch his story above.

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