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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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videoAt age 93, Sarah Sledge will tell you she doesn’t have a secret to longevity. But it’s clear that the children who attend her Columbus County camp keep her young.

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