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.
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.
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 payh.org/stearne.
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.
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.
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 payh.org/golf.