Church to hold fundraiser for premature twins


A church in Andrews is hosting an all-day fundraiser this Saturday for the Johnson twins, who were born 26 weeks premature last March.

Trinity United Methodist Church is hosting the event, which begins with a "Christian Country Prayer Ride" with over 100 motorcycle riders already committed to pull out of Andrews for a ride from Andrews, to Millwood, to Hemingway, and back to Andrews.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and kickstands go up at 11 a.m.  As riders return, the doors open to the general public with a $5 entry fee at 2:45 p.m. for a "Benefit Gospel Concert" and the bidding of the Concealed Auction.  Door prizes will be handed out as well.

Among the performers will be: the "Sandy Bay Singers" of Kingstree; Dan Gilbert of the Myrtle Beach Baptist Church; Suzanne Douglas, music director of Trinity United Methodist Church in Andrews; Derrick Newton of Gourdin Chapel in Oceida/Lambertown section of Williamsburg/Georgetown County areas; Kathy Alford Miller of the Great Commission Ministry of Barrineau; and "We Magnify Christ" of the Lake City/Kingstree area.

At 5 p.m., those wishing to eat in or take dinner plates home with them can purchase a pilau dinner with all the trimmings at a price of $7 each. There is chicken and sausage pilau, green beans, candied yams, homemade desserts, and bread.

The miracle twins of locals, David and Michele Johnson of Lane, were born 26 weeks premature at the Medical University of South Carolina in March earlier this year with many obstacles facing them as time went on.

Their struggles have been many and their physical hardships mounted as time went on, but they are fighters and are beating the odds.  One of the twins arrived home on August 22, but the other still remains at MUSC and the Johnson family hopes that these two precious children will be reunited at home in Williamsburg County.

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