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‘It is amazing the talents that all of these people have’Here are some more reflections on the Sojourners. To submit your own, e-mail Tamie Ross at [email protected]. Be sure to include you name, hometown and congregation.For more information, see the Sojourners Web site at http://www.sojourning.org.
BeverlyBroome, school secretary, Georgia Christian School,Valdosta, Ga.:“We have had great experiences with them. We have beenfortunate enough to have received help from them for several years. It isamazing the talents that all of these people have and how they share them sofreely.”

SylviaBadis, secretary, Mid-Western Children’s Home, Pleasant Plain, Ohio:“The Sojourners are very special to Mid-Western Children’s Home and the Village ChristianSchool in Pleasant Plain, Ohio.Their first trip to our campus was in 2001, and they have sent groups to usevery spring since then. Two of the couples are home-based in Ohio, and one of these Ohioans, ArchieCaudill, accepted a position on our board of trustees last year. Most of theSojourners live and travel in large R.V.s, and one of their services to us wasto put pads and hookups in our campground for their use as well as for familieswho use our campground and lake area through the year. Several years ago ourarea was struck with a bad hailstorm which broke every window on two sides ofevery building we have including very large and high windows in our gym.Several roofs were badly damaged and siding on the two sides of our buildingswere dented and smashed. The Sojourners who were here at the time had extensivedamage to their R.V.s beyond repair, yet they helped us to clear up our disasterareas, do some repairs, and were back the next year!”

DanKirby, church relations, Rainbow Omega Inc., Eastaboga, Ala.:“Rainbow Omega has Sojourners to visit twice a year to help with variousprojects. We have an R.V. park which we added to make it convenient for them.When they are here they do construction projects on our group homes,greenhouses and grounds. They also have done office work. They interact withour residents and spread joy and love. Each holiday season they come to helpwith distributing poinsettias. We deliver to churches and businesses within 100miles of Eastaboga (Atlanta to Birmingham). They clean and pack poinsettiasin sleeves then drive the truck. Sales of these plants help fund the work ofRainbow Omega which is a community for developmentally disabled adults. (Seeour website for more information: http://www.rainbowomega.org.)Some Sojourners come back from time to time on their own to help. One couplestayed two years to develop a gift shop and also did fund-raising. Also in1999, before I moved to Rainbow Omega in Alabama,I was in North Carolinawhen Sojourners came to help build a church building in Murphy. They did trimwork and painting on the building to help the members who were building thebuilding by ourselves. Because of their help, one of the members of that churchjoined with them.”

RickO’dell, youth minister, Littleton, Colo.: “The Sojourners(from what little I know) helped to restore a 100-plus year old chapel that ison the York College campus. Really, reallybeautiful!”

TimPyles, minister, McDermott Roadchurch, Plano, Texas: “One of ourcouples at McDermott Road,Jim and Barbara Pratt, are away much of the year traveling with the Sojourners.They love it and have been on trips as far away as Alaska.”

Greg Fleming, minister, Midland,Texas: “We have acouple from the North ‘A’ congregation in Midland,Jimmie and Dee Rhoads, who work with Sojourners. Jimmie is a retired Texas DPSlieutenant, and and Dee retired as a principal at Midland Christian School. Our congregationalso has electric and water hook-ups for travel trailers available on ourproperty for use by Sojourners who are traveling through.”

Barclay Key, member, Campus church, Gainesville,Fla.:
“The Sojournersrescued the camp of my youth, Wiregrass Christian Youth Camp, in southeastern Alabama. A tornadostruck several years ago and did quite a bit of damage. Pictures of the damageand the Sojourners coming to the rescue now adorn the walls of the campoffice.”

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