The Laymen Brotherhood Second Chance Outreach Center, Inc. hosted a successful “Say No to Drugs, Violence and Gangs for Christ” on Saturday August 21, 2021 in the Joe L. Sweet, Jr. community. participants had to wear a mask and maintain social distancing and seating was limited to only 50 people due to the coronavirus. The organization distributed bags of books, Bibles, belts, clothing, shoes and literature on “Stop the Violence” and “Let’s All Work Against Addiction” donated by Bainbridge Public Safety.
Special guest Mr. Wendell Cofer, Deputy Head of the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office gave an inspiring speech on one of the most powerful words is “thank you” and presented Reverend Adren and Mrs. Sylvia Bivins with a proclamation of gratitude from Sheriff Wiley Griffin and a cash donation to help with the pizzas and soft drinks.
Also in attendance was attorney Paul Fryer, a representative from the office of Congressman Sanford Bishop, Jr, who donated money to help with the rally.
The founder, Reverend Adren Bivins, opened with a prayer and greetings to all and thanked them for coming. He gave a motivational speech in front of the young people. He told them where he came from and that he had grown up during segregation and that he did not have the luxury they have for school today. He had to walk two miles to get to school and two miles back. He told them that his father, the late Abraham Bivins, had passed away when he was only nine years old and had to pick strawberries and oranges in his hometown of Plant City, Florida. He told them that the part of town he lived in was called Dark Town, because there was only one light on the entire side of town. He bought his school clothes and helped his two younger brothers, the late Daniel and Abraham, Jr. He told them that if he was successful by graduating from high school in 1968, he would work five years to help his family, receive a football scholarship to Prairie View University in Houston, TX at the age of 25 and later transferred to Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL, to the amateur wrestling team and made all of the US champions heavy weights, they can do that too.
Reverend Bivins further told them that he was a police officer in Florida, was shot in the stomach and nearly died, but God saved his life for the job he now does for help young people. His dream at the age of 6 of becoming a professional wrestler came true with God’s help. He has wrestled around the world as Butcher Ali-Pasha, the original Black Assassin measuring 6ft 7in and weighing 350 pounds. Two years ago he was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and retired as the undefeated heavyweight champion of Africa and South.
Also in attendance were Ms. Barbara Whigham Eustasy, Ms. Annette Moore, retired Army Veteran, Mr. Alfi Jefferson and Deacon Emory Brown, Jr., former lay president of the First Flint River MB Association and military veteran Vietnamese retired. Deacon Brown gave another motivational speech on dealing with loved ones while under the influence of drugs. He also gave history lessons on the Tuskegee Airmen and the Red Tails. He gave each youth a valuable silver coin and told them that they can be whatever they want to be and encouraged them to put God first and study their lesson.
The Lay Fellowship Second Chance Outreach Ministry would like to thank everyone for the love shown through prayers, financial contributions, donated items and participation to help the 2021 Youth Rally be a great one. success serving our youth in Decatur County. All the young people and parents present were very grateful to receive the many acts of love and kindness shown to them by all those who made donations.
Afterwards, Reverend Bivins and his wife went to the projects on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and fed them pizza, soft drinks, water and handed out more bags of books and of Bibles until all is exhausted. Special thanks to Mr. Scott Beigle and his wife Brenda, the staff and listeners of Faith Radio for what they do to help each year. Also, Mr. Lenorris Clary and Chrystal King of radio stations as well as the Bainbridge Post Searchlight. Thank you to all businesses, churches and personal donations. The Bivins are members of the Salem MB Church and the pastor is Reverend Frank Deyounks. Reverend Adren Bivins: The Laymen Brotherhood Second Chance Outreach, PO Box 7939 Bainbridge, Georgia 39818 (229) 254-7606.