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Columbus County woman inspires next generation

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Aunt Sarah, as she's known by friends, family and campers, is a local institution beloved by many. If you can't find her sitting in her favorite spot underneath the giant canopy of a live oak tree, you most likely will find Aunt Sarah giving her daily mission sermon to campers at Ambassador Camp, a week-long Bible study program she started in 1957. "The Lord laid it on my heart to bring a small group of kids to Lake Waccamaw for a week to have a revival for them," says Sarah, "We didn't know it would be a camp." Ambassador Camp has been a favorite retreat for generations, each summer for decades. Kids from all over the country return to this camp year after year. Aunt Sarah is one of the main reasons. Joseph Ketusczak has been to the camp four times. "Aunt Sarah is a very loveable woman," he said. "She loves everybody. She doesn't care if you're white or black or whatever, she just loves everybody." "She teaches us that you can pretty much do anything you want if you put your mind to it," said five-time camper Kinsey Jones. John Mower remembers when he first became a Pastor, in the summer of 1978. "I say when I get old I want to be like Aunt Sarah because she continues to grow, she teaches us for sure" Aunt Sarah is a quiet and well loved constant in Lake Waccamaw. And she's not quite sure how she feels about all this attention. "Well thankful, but I hope it doesn't make me feel proud, because I didn't do it, the Lord did it." And that humility may just be the key to her longevity.

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Time for camp again!

Aunt Sara counciled my daughter Sarah a few years back at camp. It was such a blessing to meet this lady. Tho she has gone on to God (there are three people that I know for sure are there, my grandma and grandpa, and Aunt Sara!) I'm sure her spirit lives on in this wonderful camp created by her and the Lord. If you are considering sending your child and have come across this story doing your online research then take my word for it: your child will only be enriched for their time spent there.

aunt sara

she is my real aunt. and when i was about 6 and she started the camp i was calling her aunt sara so everyone calls her that now. her love of the lord has influenced me all my life and hundreds of others also. i will be eternally thankful for her witness and for jesus christ she helped intoduce me to.


I was shocked but happy to see this story. My son went to this camp years ago. I didn't know Aunt Sarah was still with us, so glad she is. Its so nice to see this kind of story for a change.......smiles

Thankful for Aunt Sara!

Her longevity comes from giving her Lord and Saviour all the glory. I thank the Lord she has been a huge influence on my life. Been a very encouraging guide in my life. LYIC