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.Â They allow you to feel safe, encourage you, and see talents you didnâ€™t know you had.Â I imagine Paul was this type of person.Â
I never met him, but I feel as if I know Paul.Â Stories of Paulâ€™s thundering voice from the back porch being heard across the yard, instructing and leading the boys.Â 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.Â More important than the stories, is the foundation on which He and Glenda built the Home. Itâ€™s that foundation, that shaped me.Â The ethics, discipline, love and spiritual guidance I received at PAYH made me the man I am today.Â
Anderson Paul Joiner was born April 20th at 3:36pm.Â 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.Â I hope and pray my son can be a man like Paul.
A manâ€™s worth should not be judged by his job or possessions, but by his legacy.Â Paulâ€™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 â€“ Dec. 1999)
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 Laneâ€™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.
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.