Excerpts from the no-longer-existent Whitsend.org feature called the Odyssey Times. Originally published around February 2002.
Around the World Missions, one of the largest missions organizations in the country said yesterday that they will be launching a campaign to bring in funds for needed renovations to the Nairobi Children’s Home, a Connellsville shelter for children funded by the organization.
“The children’s home has been one of the spiritual lighthouses in that community,” said Vince Ludwig, a representative of Around the World Missions. “It’s in the Oswald Heights section of Connellsville and the kids there really need places that reach out to them.” Ludwig notes the citizens of Odyssey and Connellsville have always contributed to past funding campaigns.
The central event of the campaign is the “Tomato War” to be held in three weeks. Everyone who brings in over $20 to the collection headquarters at Odyssey Community Church will be eligible. Two teams, one representing Odyssey and one representing Connellsville, will face off in McAllister Park. Both teams will be supplied with rotten tomatoes, which they will loft at the other team. After one hour, the team that stays the cleanest will win a free trip to the Laundromat. Ludwig and other representatives of Around the World Missions will serve as judges.