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April 28, 2011

By Sondra Washington

Iron City Baptist Church, Anniston
Calhoun Baptist Association

Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13
Favorite Hymn: “Amazing Grace”
Hobbies: Angel Mission Ministry at church
Family Status: Married to Wayne for 51 years; two daughters, Belinda and Cindy; and two grandchildren

A member of Iron City Baptist Church, Anniston, since the 1940s, Joyce Vaughn has been involved in numerous ministries including teaching Sunday School, serving as assistant director of Woman’s Missionary Union, leading the Bible Drill ministry and co-leading the church family food ministry. She is very  passionate about the church’s Angel Mission Ministry. Each week, Vaughn and several other women gather to visit shut-ins or sew items for the American Cancer Society and local Sav-A-Life.

Q: How did you become a Christian?
A: I went forward (in church) when I was about 10 or 12. All through the years, I wasn’t sure that God had saved me. As a young adult, I was at work one day and one of the girls said if she wasn’t sure she was going to heaven, she would make sure. So I made sure.

Q: What are some of your memories of Iron City Baptist?
A: I remember it was a one-room building, and they had a big [potbellied] stove that they heated it with. No running water. Outside rest room. I remember my parents talking about the little man who would pick up coal off the railroad that runs through the city to heat the church.

Q: Describe a ministry experience you’ve had.
A: The most awesome thing that God has ever led me to do was a missions trip to Swaziland ... in February. There are care points where the children have lost their parents, and it’s literally children taking care of children. The ladies of the conmmunity feed them once a day. We carried food and visited the kids and loved on them. I taught them (the women) how to sew tote bags to sell. I’ve never had anything hit me any harder.

Q: What do you get from ministry?
A: It’s hard to put into words. There is a peace in knowing I’m doing what God wants me to do. Any of these projects I’ve been involved in, they are not just something I’ve done. All of it’s been done through God, and these other ladies have had a hand in it, too. It’s not just me.

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