Local Artist, Congregation Join Effort to Light Up African Churches

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Byline: Mary Maraghy, County Line staff writer

******************CORRECTION July 14, 2004

Because of a reporter's error, Stephanie's Custom Framing was incorrectly identified on Page 4 of the Clay County Line July 7.


An Orange Park artist and members of her church want to help bring light -- literally -- to African churches.

Jeanne Pellegrino said she was moved to action when an African bishop spoke at her church, Good Samaritan Episcopal. He said many churches in his country are unused after dark because of a lack of electricity.

She and other members of the church decided to support Solar Lights for Africa, a nationwide effort to purchase $1,100 solar lighting units for places in Africa that have no electricity.

"Literally, they have to shut down churches at nightfall because they have no electricity -- something we take for granted," she said. "They can't get God's work done."

Good Samaritan Episcopal has already purchased three of the solar lighting units, and the pastor's son, Hal Hunt Jr. …


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