Ann Austin of Georgetown, Georgia, was recently given recognition for her many years of service in the Eufaula community and Seventh-day Adventist Church by the Eufaula Seventh-day Adventist church and the Gulf States Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. Mrs. Austin, now 92 years old, has been serving and living in the Eufaula-Georgetown area for about 35 years.
On Jan. 24, a presentation of a beautiful gift basket and a service award was presented by district pastor, Christopher Atkinson to Mrs. Austin from her church for her many years of service in the Lord’s work. She and her late husband, Don Austin, moved to the area in the 1970’s after they learned that help was needed to build a church. They sold their home in Boynton Beach, Florida and moved here with their two granddaughters.
A small group of Christians, led by Huey and Glenda Campbell, were keeping the seventh-day Sabbath and worshipping in their home on Broad Street in Eufaula. A short while later, that group was the beginning of the Eufaula Seventh-day Adventist Church. Two well-known physicians of Columbus, Georgia, Drs. Calvin and Agatha Thrash, donated the money to purchase a beautiful piece of property located at the corner of Highway 431 North Eufaula Avenue and Deerfield Drive on the north side of town.
The Adventist conference provided a mobile chapel where they met on Sabbath until the present building was completed. Mr. Austin and others built the church as it is today. Ann and Don faithfully served the Lord for many years, Ann being the treasurer for over 30 of those years and continues to serve in that ministry.
Last year, sadly Mrs. Austin fell and broke her back. It was uncertain if she would be able to recover. However, Ann, a faithful Christian and a believer in a plant-based diet and in a Biblical lifestyle, she was up and walking untended only after a few months. She credited her speedy recovery and health all these years to her faith in Jesus and her Bible diet. Her love and service to God, the community of Eufaula and her church is a testimony of her love for Jesus Christ and humanity.