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Posted: October 25, 2012 9:46 p.m.

Yard sale to benefit pastor’s transplant

Calvary Community Church, 120 Crowell Road, Conyers, is sponsoring a church yard sale Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Porterdale Hotel in Porterdale, from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. The proceeds of the yard sale will go toward the medical expenses of their Pastor Tim Walden who is in need of a kidney transplant.

It is fitting that Calvary Community's motto and mission statement is "To give back as God has given to us," because their Pastor Tim, who has given so much, is now in need of help.

Debbie Adams, one of the founding members of Calvary Community as well as the church treasurer, said that Pastor Tim is in need of a kidney as well as a donor, but in order for him to ensure that he can have the transplant surgery, Pastor Tim has to have at least $2,500 in the event a donor and a kidney are a match.

"If Tim doesn't have a minimum of $2,500 when they call him, he will not get the surgery," said Adams. "He has to be able to pay for the anti-rejection drugs that are not covered by insurance."

Pastor Tim Walden is the pastor and founder of Calvary Community Church, which was established 12 years ago. He was ordained in 1986 and has pastured several churches and is currently on staff at Newton Medical Center as chaplain. Pastor Tim's wife Angie is a Pre-K teacher in the Newton County School System.

"I have known Tim and Angie for about 13 years," said Adams. "Ten of those years, Tim was blind. The Lord answered his prayers and returned his eyesight."

Adams refers to Pastor Tim as not only the church pastor, but also as family.

"Even though he was blind, he continued to preach and play music," Adams said. "Tim is an awesome guitar player, and, oh, to hear him sing is a real treat. He puts all his effort into his family and church."

Pastor Tim has been a Type 1 diabetic since he was 5 years old. Adams said his kidneys are failing due to the diabetes.

"All the proceeds of the yard sale will go towards his $2,500, and if by the grace of God [we] get more, the money will be put into an account for his medical expenses," Adams said. "He starts his testing in November."

Pastor Tim already has an amazing testimony of being blind for more than 10 years and God restoring his sight. The church is reaching out to the community for help so that Pastor Tim can add to his remarkable testimony of another medical miracle.

"We can use donations for the yard sale, people to come and participate, and if anyone would like to see if they are a kidney match, we would like to have a way to contact them when the time comes," Adams said.

Pastor Tim and Angie have a daughter Jessica and son-in-law Chris Bowles who both serve as youth and Sunday school teachers. Their son Timothy is a Newton County Deputy.

For more information on how you can help, contact Debbie Adams at (770) 310-7471 or visit calvarycom.com or their Facebook page.

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