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Jan 05, 2021

This Month at PAYH: Monthly Newsletter, January 2021

New Year’s Resolutions

“… forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14

Most of us make New Year’s resolutions. Often, we resolve to lose weight, get in shape, or travel somewhere we have longed to visit. Sometimes we make plans to spend more time with family, learn a new skill, or to better manage our money. As Christians, we may even decide to spend more time studying God’s Word and pursuing a deeper relationship with Him. All of these are goals worth setting and achieving, but sadly, most New Year’s resolutions are all but forgotten by February.

There is a reason for this, and it’s something the Lord has taught me over the past 60 years through my role as Co-Founder and President of the Paul Anderson Youth Home. Real change rarely comes from short-term decision making. Instead, it is a process that involves hard work, sacrifice, and dedication. 

The same principles apply when impacting the life of a young man. Through our counseling, character development, and accelerated learning program, we can change a boy’s outward behavior fairly quickly. However, true personal growth also requires constant attention and commitment to internal reflection, and above all, the intervention of the Holy Spirit in order to bring about lasting change. 

Without Christ, our efforts would be in vain, and perhaps our best tool is to consistently model Christ-like behavior and through our actions, show our boys what it means to be a Christian.

As we enter our 60th year of operation, a true milestone anniversary, our resolution is simple: to increase the number of lives impacted through our program, further enhancing our ministry. 

We will continue to serve the mission to which God has called us, offering a second chance to young men in crisis and repairing strained family relationships. God has given us the tools we need in His Word, and I have seen them work time after time. 

As you make your own New Year’s resolutions, remember that whether you are hoping to become a more devoted Christian, get in shape, better manage your money, or finally accomplish something you’ve been putting off, you need our Savior’s help to see it through. 

As Solomon says in Proverbs 3:6, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”

Happy New Year in Christ!


Glenda Anderson Leonard

Co-Founder & President


As we enter our 60th year of operation and look to impact the lives of more young men, we are asking everyone to keep an open ear and open heart to spread the word about the Paul Anderson Youth Home and connect us with the families of young men who are struggling with behavioral problems and issues of discipline, anger, and depression. Through our spiritual counseling, character development, and accelerated learning program, we share Christ with these young men. He is the one who transforms their lives for eternity.

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Dec 21, 2020

I Want to Shout About It!

It’s the time of year when we celebrate the birth of Christ. What a blessing it is for us to be able to call Him our Savior and Lord. As we look back upon what has been a very different year, we can see His hand at work at Paul Anderson Youth Home. During what has been a very difficult time, God has sustained and provided for the PAYH ministry in ways we never could have thought possible. We’ve seen multiple young men come to know the Lord, were able to conduct our events successfully, and God is continuing to meet our financial needs on a daily basis.

It’s easy to look at these events and attribute them to some action on our part. After all, we did work hard, but I know that without God’s grace it would not have been enough. Psalm 127:1 tells us “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” No amount of skill, hard work, or sacrifice could cause us to succeed without God’s ongoing blessing. He is the one and only reason that we are still here as we prepare to enter our 60th year of operation. When I say that 2020 has been a success for us, I want to be clear when I say that we didnt do this – God did it through partners like you, as He has now done for the 59th consecutive time.

I believe He has caused us to prosper because we have stayed true to our original calling. Our primary focus is simple – we want to plant Gods Word in the hearts of young men, introduce them to Jesus Christ, lead them to the cross, and see their lives and eternities transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is why we exist, and the purpose for which Christ came to earth over 2,000 years ago.

As my late husband once said, God sending His Son was the greatest thing that ever happened in the universe. If He lives in my heart, its the greatest thing in my life, and I want to shout about it!” I want to shout about it too.

Love in Christ and Merry Christmas!


Glenda Anderson Leonard

President and Co-Founder

As we gather together to celebrate this Christmas season, we are asking everyone to keep an open ear and open heart to spread the word about the Paul Anderson Youth Home and connect us with the families of young men who are struggling with behavioral problems and issues of discipline, anger, and depression. Through our spiritual counseling, character development, and accelerated learning program, we share Christ with these young men. He is the one who transforms their lives for eternity.


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Dec 08, 2020

This Month at PAYH: Monthly Newsletter, December 2020

Unusual Intel

The Philistines assembled to fight Israel, with three thousand chariots, six thousand charioteers, and soldiers as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They went up and camped at Mikmash, east of Beth Aven. – I Samuel 13:5

In February 1918, as the First World War approached its conclusion, British Major Vivian Gilbert found his forces in a deadlock with the opposing Ottoman forces as part of the larger campaign for control of the Holy Land. Gilbert, a Christian and student of the Word, had recently read the story of how Jonathan and Saul defeated the Philistines at Mikmash. Using his knowledge of the terrain, Jonathan exploited a secret path to gain the high ground and outflank the Philistines, defeating a far superior force. Surveying the Turkish position and comparing it to the Biblical description of the terrain, he realized that his adversary was camped in the exact same spot as the Philistines had been millennia before. At that point, a radical idea entered his mind.

Gilbert planned a morning attack, but sent a detachment by night to search for the secret path, known to him only because of his study of the Scriptures. Remarkably, they found the way up and took position on a small plateau overlooking the Ottoman camp. When the morning attack commenced, the Turks found themselves taking fire from multiple angles, and were decisively routed with their entire force killed or captured.

Using Scripture, Gilbert had exploited 3,000-year-old topographical intel to win a total victory over his enemy. At first, that sounds surprising, but the fact is the terrain hadn’t really changed since the days of Saul and Jonathan. The intel was still valid, and thus the battle plan was sound.
I like to view the Bible as somewhat of a “battle plan for life.” In Gilbert’s case, he made it literal. For all of us, the Scriptures remain as applicable to our daily lives as they were when they were written. The world might look very different, but, like the hills above Mikmash, the spiritual landscape remains the same. Whatever comes our way, whatever trials we face, whatever spiritual battles we fight, God has given us the tools we need in His Word. They never go out of date and they always apply.
When in doubt, refer back to the battle plan.


Col. Ken Vaughn

Chief Operating Officer



Running the Race

The pandemic struck in earnest the week after this year’s Chick-fil-A Race, and kept us from getting together for what seemed like forever. However, last month we were able to finally complete the check presentation. Big thanks to ZORN Insight, Spivey Orthopedic Clinic, Altamaha Bank & Trust, Pineland TelCo, Smile Doctors, Woody Folsom Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Vidalia, David Sikes, Nathan & Courtney Perkins, Chapman Pharmacy, Brewton-Parker College, Lasseter Tractor Company, Canoochee EMC, Altamaha EMC, and Progressive Landscaping. Together, they helped to raise over $30,000 to benefit the PAYH as well as WinShape Camps. Our next race is on March 6th, 2021. We can’t wait to see you there!


Y Camp

The PAYH young men spent a week at Athens Y Camps last month. They enjoyed numerous fun activities, including fishing, canoeing, and even a pumpkin carving contest. On the way back, they continued a long-standing PAYH tradition and stopped by Paul Anderson Memorial Park, which features an 8 foot tall statue of our founder. However, they also broke with tradition and experienced an unexpectedly intense storm. Numerous trees were down across the campus, the gym was severely damaged, and the adventure building was completely destroyed. Thankfully, God protected them all and that despite the damage, there were no injuries.


Christmas Extravaganza

It was a night to remember at the 2020 Paul Anderson Christmas Family Extravaganza. After enjoying refreshments, attendees enjoyed a program featuring everything from comedy routines to Elvis impersonations to the Vidalia Heritage Children’s choir to Christmas Carols with the PAYH young men. We wish to express our appreciation to all of our performers, sponsors, attendees, First Baptist Vidalia, and especially to Rev. Don Moye, who selflessly and tirelessly organized a truly God-honoring event.

As we gather together to celebrate this Christmas season, we are asking everyone to keep an open ear and open heart to spread the word about the Paul Anderson Youth Home and connect us with the families of young men who are struggling with behavioral problems and issues of discipline, anger, and depression. Through our spiritual counseling, character development, and accelerated learning program, we share Christ with these young men. He is the one who transforms their lives for eternity.

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Nov 03, 2020

This Month at PAYH: Monthly Newsletter, November 2020

A Little Grace Goes a Long Way

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” – Colossians 4:6

My parents might be shocked to read this, but I wasn’t a well-behaved child growing up. It seemed like I was always in time-out, getting spanked, or otherwise suffering the consequences of my own actions. This was true at home, at school, in church, or out in public. I was a natural-born trouble-maker and there were times that I pushed my parents and the other authority figures in my life to the breaking point. I was a very strong-willed child and I was determined to do things my own way.

Once, I was given the assignment to write sentences at home for misbehaving at school. In my mind, this was the worst punishment that had yet been invented; the boredom of writing the same thing over and over was more difficult for me than any spanking or time-out. Although I’m sure I deserved it, I honestly don’t remember what I did to earn this consequence. However, I will never forget the way the teacher handled it.

You see, that night my dad was going to take us to the circus. Like any other kid, I was excited about this and couldn’t wait to see the show. However, I knew that if I went home with sentences to write, there would be no circus for me. Nearly in tears, I told the teacher privately about our plans and asked if there was anything she could do. She thought about it for a few moments and said “Have fun at the circus. We’ll worry about your sentences tomorrow.” The next day, after having a blast at the circus the night before, I was allowed to do my sentences a day late. I had never been so happy to receive a consequence.

My teacher would have been justified to refuse to help me. It wasn’t my first offense, and it wouldn’t be my last either. She could have insisted that I be “taught a lesson,” but while it has taken years to process, I think I learned one anyway. God is gracious to us on a daily basis. Every breath we take, every meal we enjoy, every heartbeat – 3 billion of them over the average lifetime – is a manifestation of His grace and mercy.

2020 hasn’t been an easy year, and it shows no signs of getting easier. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic troubles, civil unrest, and natural disasters, today may prove to be the most bitter and contentious election of our lifetimes. Our society seems to have plenty of anger, hate, and frustration, but suffers from an extreme shortage of grace. As we navigate what seems sure to be a turbulent next few weeks, let us remember that God chose to show us grace when what we really deserved was judgment. I pray that we will keep that in mind and let grace always be at the forefront of our dealings with others.


Stephen Nichols

Director of Communications



New Creatures in Christ

Scripture has been a part of the PAYH program’s foundation since its inception, and it is both taught and memorized on our campus. This year, we are pleased to have Gady Youmans teaching God’s Word to the young men. Gady, who is currently working on his doctorate in Biblical Counseling at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, is guiding the young men through a chronological study of the Old Testament. Before taking the young men through a chronological tour of the Old Testament, he led them through the “Romans Road,” and 4 of them accepted Christ!


Founders’ Day

Instead of a normal work day, the PAYH young men spent Paul Anderson’s birthday honoring his legacy. After being allowed to sleep in, the day began at 8:30 AM with prayer at the knoll where Paul is buried. Eddie Burris, who came to the home as a young man in the 1960’s and has been employed at PAYH for over 50 years, gave them a lesson in the home’s history. After a mid-day meal, they concluded with a series of physically intense games on the field.


Paul Anderson: Legacy

On October 17th, 1932, a champion was born. After overcoming Bright’s Disease as a young child, Paul Anderson went on to win the 1956 Melbourne Olympics before founding the Paul Anderson Youth Home. This year, as we prepare to celebrate 60 years of operation, we look back and remember the life and selfless sacrifice of our PAYH Founder.

Watch our newly released tribute to his life and legacy at



We said goodbye to one of our young men last month. After losing his best friend, Hudson described his life as a “disaster.” At PAYH, he learned to respect himself and others, how to discern right from wrong, and how to apply himself as he seeks God’s best for his life. Quoting Philippians 4:13, he said “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Listen to his testimony in his own words at

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Sep 29, 2020

This Month at PAYH: Monthly Newsletter, October 2020


Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. – John 15:13

In July 1941, a prisoner successfully escaped what at that time may have been the most terrible place on Earth – the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. Frustrated by this occurrence, and wanting to discourage the remaining prisoners from repeating this feat, Commandant Karl Fritzsch randomly selected 10 prisoners to be forcibly starved to death in retribution. Upon learning that he had been chosen, a 39 year old prisoner cried out in agony, as he knew that his wife and children were about to be orphaned. It was at that time that one of the others, Maximilian Kolbe, stepped out of line and approached the Commandant.

He risked being shot on the spot, but Fritzsch noted that instead of the Star of David, this prisoner’s uniform bore a red “P,” identifying him as a Polish political prisoner. Rudely, the Commandant stated “Was will dieses polnische Schwein?” (What does this Polish pig want?) and called for an interpreter. However, no interpreter was necessary as Kolbe, a highly educated priest, replied in perfect German Ich will sterben für ihn.” (I want to die for him).

I want to die for him.

Everyone was silent for some time, until finally Fritszch spoke up and asked him why. Kolbe replied that the man had a family and that he wanted to take his place. “Gut!” (good) said Fritzsch, and allowed the substitution. Over the course of two weeks Kolbe calmed and comforted his fellow prisoners, leading them in singing hymns and praising God as they suffered through their final days. On August 14th he finally passed away, the last of the 10 to do so.

Franciszek Gajowniczek, the man whose life Kolbe saved, lived to the age of 93.

Christ hasn’t called everyone to die for others, but we have all been called to live for others. James chapter 1 tells us that true religion takes care of “orphans and widows in their need.” Indeed, Christ spent a large portion of His time on Earth in service to others. As Christians, we should be eager to do the same.


Stephen Nichols

Director of Communications



More Than a Ring

Some time ago, Jonathan, one of our Alumni, was playing with his daughter, Sofia, who saw his PAYH class ring and put it on. He couldn’t help but snap a pic of her power pose! When asked about this, Jonathan stated “The class ring serves as a reminder of what the Lord has done in my life. In the Scriptures, there are numerous verses pointing to the past so that we may remember what the Lord has done for His people.”


PAGC 2020

It was a beautiful (but hot) day at The River Club in North Augusta, where we held our 27th annual Paul Anderson Golf Classic. The course was in immaculate shape and the friends and partners who played with us helped raise over $74,000 to help transform the lives of young men who need a second chance. PAYH alumnus Nathan Perkins and his team took first place, while Jonathan, the alum whose daughter is pictured in the previous story, took both the long drive and putting contest prizes. Click here for a video recap of the day.


Riding for the Nazarene

Our COO, Col. Ken Vaughn, took some time off from his duties at PAYH to engage in his own personal ministry – Riding for the Nazarene. Over the course of his 3,558 mile route, he visited 17 states and numerous historical locations, including Paul Anderson Memorial Parkin Toccoa, GA (where he is pictured with Paul and Glenda’s daughter, Paula Anderson Schaefer), raising funds and awareness for Voice of the Martyrs, which helps sustain and support the millions of Christians across the globe who have suffered persecution for their faith. Learn more about his story, his journey, and his mission at his blog,

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Sep 01, 2020

This Month at PAYH: Monthly Newsletter, September 2020


“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

On this day, 81 years ago, German soldiers stormed across the Polish border and officially began the largest and bloodiest conflict in world history – World War II. Over the course of 6 years the world would be forever changed, and many tens of millions of lives would be lost. Many decisive battles were fought, such as the Battle of Britain, El Alamein, Midway, Stalingrad, Guadalcanal, and many more, culminating in Allied victory and the ultimate defeat of Nazism and Fascism. One such engagement, the Battle of Kalkhin Gol, is particularly interesting in that while it was fought before the war even began, it dramatically affected the course of the war to come.

The USSR and Imperial Japan had been in the midst of a border dispute for some time, and in August of 1941, their forces would meet at the Kalkhin Gol River on the border between Mongolia and Manchuria. The resulting Japanese defeat led them to abandon their hopes of conquest in the North and sign a nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union that they would never violate throughout the course of the upcoming war.

This had two major effects on the impending conflict. First, when the Nazis invaded Russia in the summer of 1941, they had no support from their Japanese allies. This ultimately allowed the USSR to use Siberian troops to reinforce a beleaguered Moscow, helping prevent the fall of the city. Had they been engaged with the Japanese instead, they could not have turned the tide of this critical battle, which could have led to the fall of the USSR itself. Second, the Japanese shifted their focus away from the Asian mainland and began to look toward the Pacific theater – a course which would ultimately lead them to attack Pearl Harbor and draw the United States into the war. This massive influx of manpower and material support virtually guaranteed victory for the Allied cause. In short, without the Battle of Kalkhin Gol, the USSR might have capitulated, and America may not have entered the war at all, and the war itself may have ended with Axis control of the Afro-Eurasian landmass and dominion over 80% of the world’s population – a grim outcome indeed.

Like the Battle of Kalkhin Gol, the situations in which we find ourselves often end up having a greater impact than we realize. As Christians, we can recognize that these events are ordained by God and that, even when we don’t have the slightest idea how, He is executing a plan that will ultimately work out to our benefit. Just as we are able to look back and see the ripple effect that Kalkhin Gol had on the events of World War II, so will we one day be able to look back on the struggles that shaped our own lives and see how God’s perfect will was accomplished through us.


Col. Ken Vaughn

Chief Operating Officer



To Live is Christ, and To Die is Gain

Last month marked 26 years since our founder, Olympic gold medalist, and world’s strongest man, Paul Anderson, finished his earthly mission and went home to be with the Lord. Through his commitment God’s call, his fervent desire to share the gospel, and the Christ-like love he showed to all around him, Paul helped offer hope and a second chance to innumerable young men. Though he was a man of unrivaled strength, Paul knew that he could not get through one day without Jesus Christ. Today, 59 years after it began, his legacy continues at the Paul Anderson Youth Home.



Bryce, one of our recent alumni, recently had the chance to do something he had wanted to do his whole life – skydiving. After taking off, they climbed to 10,000 feet before he and his instructor deliberately left the safety and security of fully functional aircraft and plunged toward the Earth. Reaching speeds of up to 120 miles per hour, Bryce described the experience as “just awesome.” A few short minutes later, they were safely on the ground after a successful landing. Bryce stated he not only wants to do it again, but he intends to get his own certification.


Farmer to Family

In partnership with the Southeast Produce Council, Nickey Gregory Company, First Baptist Church Vidalia, Shuman Farms, Vidalia Heritage Academy, Vidalia Police Department, Handy Andy, and Pastor Ricky Cummings, the “Farmers to Family” food giveaway was a great success. With their help, we were blessed to be able to distribute over 1,000 boxes of fresh, high-quality produce to those in need in our community!

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Aug 04, 2020

This Month at PAYH: Monthly Newsletter, August 2020


Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to undertake a significant physical challenge. After almost a year of training, I rode the 2020 PAYH Bike Ride. Over the course of 5 days, I pedaled 332 miles, averaging just over 66 miles per day at 16 miles per hour. Throughout the week I had highs and lows. Sometimes, I felt like I had unlimited energy and could ride forever (normally in the morning when it was cool). At other times, I felt as if it was all I could do to keep going. It’s easy to get discouraged when the sun is high in the sky, the temperature is in excess 100 degrees, every muscle in your body is urging you to quit, and you look ahead through the shimmering air rising from the asphalt to see that the Good Lord saw fit to create yet another hill.

One of the ways I stayed motivated was to make sure to keep my focus on the right thing. It wouldn’t have been helpful to take a 70-80 mile day and count down the distance until it was complete; instead, I had to break it down into manageable chunks. It was far more helpful to tell myself “only 5 miles to go before the next rest stop” than to say “I still have over 50 miles left to ride today and I’m already getting tired.” If I had focused on the heat, or my exhaustion, or the fact that I still had a long way to go, I don’t know that I would have ever finished.

As Christians, it’s also easy for us to get discouraged, particularly in the midst of the continual turmoil of the fallen world in which we live. There are many distractions out there to keep us occupied, weigh us down, and cause us to veer off course. We have only one way to avoid these pitfalls – we must keep our focus on Jesus Christ! To focus on anyone or anything else guarantees that we will fail. Without Him, we are powerless against Satan and his angels. Through Him, we have access to the strength and endurance we need to accomplish His Will for our lives.


Stephen Nichols

Director of Communications



Remembering the Man They Never Met

One of our employees took his daughters on a walk on the PAYH campus, and they passed by Paul’s grave. They asked about his life and listened in amazement as their father told them of Paul’s feats of strength, and how he used to lift up multiple grown men at a time, and once even picked up a cow and carried it. Most importantly, they were glad to learn that Paul knew Christ. Seeing a crape myrtle nearby, the girls then decided to place some flowers on Paul’s grave.


Sports Enhancement Initiative

We are in the process of strengthening our sports and physical fitness programs, and a partner who wishes to remain anonymous has gotten us off to a great start with the donation of softball helmets, balls, and a pitching machine, as well as a dozen soccer balls, two sets of jerseys, socks and shin guards, and two regulation-sized goals! We are also working on concepts to completely reconstruct our sports fields, remodel our gym, and expand our weight room to better suit the needs of our young men.

Lifeguard Training


Several of our mentors undertook the challenge of a lifeguard certification this past month and have completed their certificates. As a result, we now have the ability to staff our pool with a trained lifeguard any time the young men want to take a swim. This adds an additional measure of safety to our young men as well as peace of mind to their parents and families. Congratulations to Jay, Dustin, Daniel, Aaron, and Jimmy for finishing the course and obtaining your certifications!

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Jul 06, 2020

This Month at PAYH: Monthly Newsletter, July 2020

Freedom and Responsibility

This weekend we celebrated the 224th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In all, 56 men from the 13 original colonies affixed their signatures to a document that, if the war were lost, would likely have served as “exhibit A” in their inevitable trials for treason. They knew that by placing their names on that page, they were offering up their very lives for the prospect of freedom from the British Crown.

When I was a child, my dad would read to my brothers and me. In addition to reading from the Bible, he often drew from the many stories, poems, and essays found in William Bennet’s The Book of Virtues. The pieces are arranged into groups that share a common theme, and one of his favorite themes to discuss was that of responsibility.

Nestled in between excerpts from C.S. Lewis, MLK, Plato, and more, one can find the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence. This might seem strange to some, but to quote Bennet, “If we truly hold these liberties to be gifts from God, we realize the moral duty to respect, preserve, and defend those rights for others.” This is exactly what the founders were doing; they were taking personal responsibility for their actions and were willing to pay the price for the freedom they sought to achieve. Many of them would lose their lives, fortunes, or both in its pursuit, but in the end their sacrifice was not in vain.

Today, we still reap the fruit they sowed 224 years ago, but I’m afraid we haven’t continued to sow as we should. My dad would often tell us “You can’t have freedom without responsibility. It will never work.” I believe that current events have proven him right in an all too sobering way. Freedom is only as good as the person using it. While we rightly partake of the blessings of freedom, we often fail to consider the effect we have on others. As Christians, we have both freedom in Christ as well as the responsibility to set a selfless example. As Paul said in his letter to the Philippians:

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” – Philippians 3:3-4


Stephen Nichols

Director of Communications

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Jun 18, 2020

My Name is on the Sign

My grandfather was the only father figure I had when I was a kid, and after he passed away, I had no one to look up to. When I came to the youth home in 1963 at the age of 13, Paul Anderson stepped in to fill the gap. From the time I arrived, I noticed that, although Paul was a busy man, he always made time for each of us. He traveled a great deal raising money for the home, but when he was home, he always made us a priority. Whether we were sitting down to dinner as a family, playing football on the weekends, playing football while he cheered us on from the stands, or having one of many one-on-one talks behind his house on the round patio, you never doubted that Paul cared for us as his own sons.

I remember one game during the 1967-68 season where one of our guys (Danny) took a hard hit and had to be taken to the emergency room. It turned out that he had a blood clot in his brain, and that he needed emergency surgery. Although he had been traveling extensively that week and was exhausted, Paul stayed with him throughout the entire ordeal. He refused to leave his side, even when staff members begged him to go home and get some rest. He turned them down, saying “My name is on the sign. I’m responsible for him.”

He always made sure we had what we needed (but not always what we WANTED), he was a tough disciplinarian who didn’t raise us to be “soft,” and above all made sure we had every possible opportunity to get to know Jesus as our Lord and Savior. In the 50 years I’ve been on staff at PAYH, I’ve tried to apply the lessons he taught me – how to be a man of your word, how to make time for the people who are important to you, and how to shape young boys into strong men of Christ through tough love.

Happy Father’s Day in Heaven, Paul!


Eddie Burris

Director of Plant Operations

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Jun 02, 2020

This Month at PAYH: Monthly Newsletter, June 2020

Our Father is Always With Us

In May of 1945, just over 75 years ago, the forces of Imperial Japan were on the brink of defeat. Nazi Germany had surrendered at the beginning of the month, and Japan now stood alone, outnumbered, and surrounded. It was simply a matter of time before US forces would overcome their defenses.

The island of Okinawa was the final stepping stone before an invasion of the Japanese mainland could take place, and the fighting there was brutal and intense. As many as 20,000 US Marines were killed, as were around 100,000 Japanese. A few days before his death, PFC Michael Fenton had a chance encounter with his father, Colonel Francis Fenton, who also was serving on Okinawa. They spoke briefly, glad to see one another, before their duties forced them to part ways. These would be the last words they would ever say to one another.

When Colonel Fenton received word that his son had been slain in a Japanese counterattack, he hurried to the place where his son was killed in order to conduct the funeral. As he knelt and prayed over his son’s flag-draped body, he looked around at the others who had been killed with him and remarked “Those poor souls. They didn’t have their fathers here.”

As Christians we can take comfort in the constant presence of our Heavenly Father. Joshua 1:9 tells us to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Whatever trials we face, we know that He is there, and that He will never leave or forsake us.

Our Father is always with us.


Stephen Nichols

Director of Communications

Stories from the Home


A New Ride for the Young Men

The old PAYH van has safely seen our young men through many journeys, and Eddie Burris has done a fantastic job maintaining it. However, time and mileage take their toll, and it became necessary to replace it. In an answer to prayer, an anonymous partner funded a grant and Woody Folsom helped us find the vehicle we need. Now, our young men have a safer, more reliable, more comfortable ride. May the Lord be praised!


Y Camp 2020

The PAYH young men had an excellent stay at Athens Y Camps last month. In the mornings, they helped with maintenance and renovations on the grounds, and in the afternoons and evenings had many opportunities to relax. They enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially fishing. Lucas and Drake both caught their biggest bass so far. On the way home, they visited Paul Anderson Memorial Park in Toccoa, the birthplace of our founder.

Bryce & Tres


Two of our senior young men finished the program on May 15th. Bryce and Tres are both stellar examples of what a PAYH young man should be, and we look forward to seeing what they achieve in the future. If you haven’t had a chance to watch them, you can see their testimonies at and

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