Carriage Lane Presbyterian to host annual Ranch on Jesus yard sale

Co Baldwin, left, and Dorothy McDowell examine a quilt to be included in the Ranch on Jesus yard sale at Carriage Lane Presbyterian in Peachtree City Aug. 2 and 3. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Ranch on Jesus Orphanage in Africa. Photo/Special.

Carriage Lane Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City will once again host its 8th Annual Ranch on Jesus Yard Sale. This massive sale has become a tradition with the congregation and community and the proceeds benefit the orphans at Ranch on Jesus Orphanage in Uganda, East Africa.

Last year’s record breaking total of more than $13,000 paid for the fall term school fees for the children

The sale runs Friday, Aug. 2 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 3 rom 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donations for the yard sale can be dropped off in the Fellowship Hall the week of the sale from Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Adult clothing should be limited to in-style, gently used items.

Carriage Lane hosted the first sale nine years ago when one of their own, Jamie Rosser, returned from a trip to Uganda with a team from Covenant College. She had the idea to have a yard sale and send the funds to help feed and clothe a group of orphans she had encountered.

Carriage Lane members responded enthusiastically to make it happen and each year since they have continued to support the children with the sale.

Upon her graduation Jamie and her husband Scott Laslo founded Pearl Ministries. Winston Churchill described Uganda as the “pearl of Africa.” With its lush landscapes and natural beauty, it is easy to see why. Uganda is a blessed land, but it also a broken one. Colonialism, war, AIDS and poverty have taken their toll on the small East African nation. The population of Uganda is now predominantly made up of children. Over three million of those children are total orphans.

One such orphan whose life has been changed dramatically is Agnes. Agnes lost her parents in a car crash at the age of two. She also lost a leg. She lived with relatives for several years but was treated more like a house servant than a family member. Agnes came to Ranch on Jesus at the age of 10. When Jamie met her she was hobbling around struggling to keep up with the other children using a simple wooden crutch. She insisted on walking the several miles to school with the other orphans instead of getting a ride from the director. With the aid of her sponsors from Carriage Lane Agnes was fitted with an artificial leg. Now a young adult in vocational school Agnes is studying bookkeeping.

Kanzi Craft, a fair trade initiative of Pearl Ministries, will have a large assortment of African crafts and jewelry at the sale as well. More information on Pearl Ministries can be found at www.pearlministries.org.

Tax deductible cash contributions for Pearl Ministries are welcome and can be mailed to: Pearl Ministries, Inc., P.O. Box 610537, Birmingham, AL 35261.

Carriage Lane Presbyterian Church is at the corner of Carriage Lane and Ga. Hwy. 54 across from Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Peachtree City.