I cannot believe how much our daily lives have changed in the last few months. I don’t think any of us could have imagined the impact the coronavirus would have when we first heard about it. Here at the PAYH, we have been on a shelter-in-place order since the end of March with only essential staff allowed on campus. We have established protocols that we follow to screen staff as they come in, no visitors, washing our hands, practicing social distancing, sanitizing, etc. I have heard many people say that when this ban is lifted there will be “a new normal,” that life will never go back to the way it was.
The Lord recently reminded me that this is exactly what the Paul Anderson Youth Home is all about. For over fifty-nine years, young men have come to our campus where they remain while learning how to make better decisions. Essentially, they follow a shelter-in-place order. They are here not only for protection, but also to learn “a new normal.” A life where they apply what they are learning and begin to make wiser choices. Addictions and bad behavior have been addressed and they begin to have HOPE for a productive future instead of the hopelessness they felt when they arrived.
Our boys also learn about our God’s eternal love. It is our prayer that each young man who becomes a member of our PAYH family makes the decision to invite Jesus into his heart. We know that God calls us to “plant the seed.” Sometimes we have the awesome privilege of seeing young men come to know Him while they are with us, and other times, they make this life altering decision after they leave. We are grateful for our many partners who regularly pray for our boys and staff. Would you join us in praying for their salvation as well as their “new normal?”
VP – Outreach & Compliance
In the Garden
Although they did not leave campus, the young men had plenty to do this past month, especially when it came to the SEPC Goodness Garden. They stayed busy and productive, and have planted numerous crops which will shortly bring a wonderful harvest. There is a two-fold benefit to doing this. First, it offsets the grocery bill. More importantly, it teaches the young men to value their food and the hard work that goes into producing it.
Hundred Percent Club
Scripture memory is one of the foundational principles of the PAYH program. By planting God’s Word in their hearts, we are ensuring that they will have a Biblical foundation upon which to draw for the rest of their lives. As part of this ongoing effort, we take special measures to reward young men who complete their scripture memory with excellence. Among those who joined the “Hundred Percent Club” during April are the 4 young men pictured here: Yovani, Hudson, Matt, and Ben.
Paul Anderson Golf Classic Rescheduled
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to make some changes to our events. The Paul Anderson Golf Classic has been rescheduled for August 31st. However, the PAYH Bike Ride is still on schedule to be held from July 20th-24th of this year.