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Spring 2009

Joint Counties:

Unfortunately Carraway Hospital failed and had to liquidate their assets. Fortunately for us we were able to receive six truckloads of furniture. Two truckloads went to Livingston High. One truck load was given to the Pickens County Seniors Center and Gordo High School. One more truckload was sent to Berry Elementary and Berry High School. Two other truckloads went to the Lovelady Center in B’ham. The value of the furniture was near $25,000!! Sumter County, Pickens County, Fayette County March 2009

Project of the Month:

There is no doubt that taking 70 young people and adults to the Broadway Play “Wicked” was the top event for the month of April. 40 kids and adults fro Pickens County, Marion County, and Fayette County that participated in the drama High School Musical in January were treated to a trip to Birmingham. The play was held in Gordo in Pickens County and it seemed fitting that they should be selected to go see “Wicked.” 15 people in Lamar County (most of whom were on the High School drama team) and 15 helpers fro Birmingham were also in attendance. Having seen the faces of the kids and their amazement of the performance made this project one of the best of the year. Thanks to Gary and Landa Trentham, Bonnie Vance, and Gary Cooney for treating everyone to the tickets. Thanks also to Jennifer and Mark Nichols for their generosity in donating Chic-fil-a sandwiches and drinks for all 70 of us. There were two fun extras that we experienced that day. First, we met at Botanical Gardens and viewed the gardens. That had to be quite a sight for the kids. And even more fun, we borrowed a limousine fro Larry Mote and drove the High School girls around Mt. Brook. Thank you Larry Mote!! April 2009

We had heard fro several schools of a need for overhead projectors. In March we obtained through Charles Thompson and Greystone Elementary’s principal Dr. Black 28 projectors. We then delivered them to Gordo Elementary (6), Berry High (6), Reform Elementary (4), Aliceville High (6), and Walker Elementary (6). We also donated four TVs to Reform Elementary School. Pickens, Fayette, April 2009

Fayette County:

Gary and Lisa Mau have committed to finding 2500 books for Berry High School’s library over the next eight months. What we pay for their work is next to nothing. Thank you for the hard work and the difference you are making to the readers of these books. Berry, Ala. March 2009
One thing that occasionally occurs is that I get asked to be a judge in a contest. In April I got to be a judge in a science fair for fourth and sixth graders. The winners were very creative and it was alot of fun conversing with the young scientists. April 2009

Sumter County:

We ordered and delivered another sign to Livingston High School. The principal had seen other schools in the area and wanted one very badly for his school. Livingston, March 2009

Lamar County:

On the other hand we gave summer classic tables and chairs to the Lamar Historical Society. Barbara Carruth has thanked us at least three times, because of the beauty impact it has made to her room. April 2009

Greene County:

Ken Pritchett, a good friend of mine, took a day of his time and went to Warrior Academy in Greene County. He restored 17 computers to working order for the small school. Now they have 22 computers.┬áThis is a private school open to both races. It continues to be a success story in an area where you would think racial hatred wouldn’t allow for this level of unity. March 2009

Random Acts:

The Lovelady Center is a halfway house for women. In an effort to build their self esteem and to evangelize to the non Christians, we arranged for 104 women to attend a Christian fashion show. The women heard Christian testimonies and learned how to better care for themselves. April 2009

If you think this ministry is all about good things happening, it’s not. In one county not only did the superintendent of the school system not send a thank you note for the High School’ s new sign, but in a PTO meeting he told the audience that he (or the central office) had bought the sign. ugh !
Thanks again for the help fro Reynolds Whatley, Eugene Mitchell, Charles Thompson, Amber and John Close.