eNewsletter: January 2019

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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.

Concentrating intently, Stearne puts the finishing touches on his hand-crafted pen.

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

Whether 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 RunVidalia.com and visit the race’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/RunVidalia.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Stephen Nichols

Paul Anderson Youth Home