(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
Residents and supporters of the Agape House in Paragould will hold a benefit bake sale and variety show at the Melody Theater in Leachville on Saturday, July 14.
The bake sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The variety show will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.
The variety show will feature Jodei Adams Crump, a native of Leachville; Chuck "The Christian Magician," Tracey Cobbs as Pearline (a comedy act), The Agape Girls led by Crump; Tina Collins and The Edgars.
The Agape House in Paragould offers hope for recovery and a new life through a personal spiritual experience with the Lord. The Agape House was established three years ago and has been a great success in the lives of the women completing the 12 day program.
"We now have an 81 percent success rate," Linda Poole, board member, said. The Agape House offers help at no charge to the women. The two bedroom, one bath house houses 12 women."
Agape House was started through the vision of Sunny Curtis, founder and director. A 12-member board oversees the Agape House. It is financially managed through donations and fund raising.
Crump is four weeks away from completing the four phase program.
"Agape House is wonderful," Crump said. "It is helping to give us back our lives, drug and alcohol free."
Crump plans to stay involved in the Agape House helping to raise funds and continuing with a music program. Crump has been a songwriter and singer for most of her life. She now wants to use her talent for the Lord and to help others.
"In addition to the variety show, the girls will give testimonies," Crump said. "My story, like so many others, is heartbreaking but thanks to the Lord and Agape House, has been turned around into something beautiful. If we can touch even one person, it is all worth it. I hope church groups will bring their young people, as well as all ages come to the Melody. This will be a great opportunity for young people to hear what effects drug and alcohol abuse can have on lives. It will also let them know there is hope. "
"The women at Agape house become a family," Pool said. "We do not want to become so large or clinical the residents turn into numbers instead of individuals. We know their names, we know them personally. I think almost every family has been touched by drug or alcohol abuse. This variety show carries an important message. We plan on having a good time in Leachville and expect everyone to go home with a smile."
The Agape House is one of the KAIT charities, along with the City Youth Ministries for the year.
"The girls had a great time helping with the KAIT K-8 Run this year," Pool said. "We appreciate KAIT for selecting us to help. We appreciate everyone who supports the Agape House in any way. We recently had a Leachville resident donate a van for our use. Eventually, we would like to get a larger house to accommodate 20 but right now we are happy with what the Lord has provided. Even after our residents complete the four month program, many come back to attend the Bible Study Classes or other classes or to emotionally support others going through the program."
The Agape girls sing in area churches. This is their first time to present a show at the Melody.
To learn more about the Agape House and its mission, log on to www.paragouldagape.com.
Crump said she is looking forward to the show in her hometown. She said she has fought addiction for over 12 years and the Agape House truly does help turn lives around.
"I am blessed to have a husband who is supportive," Crump said.
Donations of physical items, financial donations, professional skills, or life skills training are welcomed.
Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1056, Paragould, AR 72451.