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When I was growing up on the farm in Marion County, my hands were one big callus. Even as a small child working on the farm and playing hard around barns, my hands were like “cow hide” as my mother would say. I was famous for catching bees in my hand and bringing them to my mom to “listen.” I even held wasps with no ill effect.

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Christmas Tradition

December 20, 2010


Our Jacksonville location hosted their Annual Christmas Customer Appreciation Lunch on Thursday, December 16th.  Over 300 customers came by to sample the smorgasbord of food.  Jimmy Wight, Assistant Branch Manager, spearheads this tradition by cooking up smoked sausage, pulled pork, turkey, chicken, and ham plus all the sides. 

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Joy Jar

December 17, 2010

I placed a Joy Jar at both Corporate and Greenville for the month of December. I got the idea after reading a book about spreading Christmas cheer through anonymous giving.

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Southern Hospitality

December 15, 2010

Eastern Cares was privileged to take a gift basket to the Southern family after Matthew Southern received a kidney transplant.

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Christmas Wish

Decmber 10, 2010

Chris Balodis and his wife, Jeanne, presented a check for $1,250 on December 7th on behalf of Eastern. 

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Celebration in Tanzania

December 8, 2010

The results are in on the National Exams for students entering the Secondary School level. Exam scores determine the quality of school that a student can attend. All three of the students from Daily Bread Life Children’s Home passed their national exams and are qualified to enter Secondary School!

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Christian Business Conference

November 17, 2010

Kip Miller, President and CEO; Garry Freeman, Eastern Cares Financial Consultant; and Floyd Parker, Eastern Cares Director, shared with business owners and leaders in the Christian Business Conference, Camp Rama, Toronto Canada, November 12-14.  The conference was jointly sponsored by Camp Rama and Teleios Ministry of Greenville, SC. 

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Hungarian Visitor

November 16, 2010

Two Hungarians, Zsolt Kovacs (right)and Attila Toth, met recently at the Greenville Branch. Zsolt has been an Eastern Associatefor seven years. Attila Toth is a pastor working with Hungarian ethnics and Roma (Gypsy) people in the Mures District of Romania (Transylvania near the Carpathian Mountains).

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Teleios Golf Tournament

November 15, 2010 

This fall Eastern participated in the Teleios Ministry Golf Tournament.  The proceeds from the tournament went to provide children’s winter clothes in Romania, educational opportunity in Kenya, and orphan care through Daily Bread Life Children’s Home in Tanzania.

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Rachael’s Run

November 12, 2010

Tomorrow, November 13th, at Furman University, I will be taking part in Rachael’s Run along side my good friend Josh Worley and his entire family on team “Steadfast and Strong.” Rachael’s Run is very special to the Worley’s because Angie Gleason is not only Rachael’s mother but also Josh’s favorite chemo nurse.

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