By CHRIS AGEE
As of Tuesday, a few raffle tickets remained for an upcoming drawing to win a 1923 Ford Model T Roadster.
The classic convertible belonged to Randy Lawrence for about five years but he told the Index he felt God move him to donate it to Addiction Recovery Ministries, the group organizing the raffle fundraiser.
“I’m a pastor out here at Lone Camp, at the Church by the Lake,” he said. “We also have a mission here called the Fellowship Hope Center.”
Since retiring to Lone Camp in 2008, he said he noticed a big difference between the needy in rural Palo Pinto County and those he saw during his years in the Metroplex working with Mission Arlington.
“I noticed there was such a difference,” he said. Though many of the needs were the same in the Lone Camp area, the root cause was overwhelmingly drug and alcohol abuse.
“We opened a mission and were interested in ARM,” he said. “We went to them and at first it was to support them through the mission at the church with a monthly donation.”
Before long, Lawrence noted, he and his church became far more involved. He said he now serves on the ARM board of directors and as executive director of the group’s southwest branch in Lone Camp.
“In Mission Arlington I had helped obtain several properties for missions in churches in the Metroplex,” he said, explaining ARM solicited his help in securing a women’s center.
He explained the group was able to find a suitable location in the Wolters Industrial Park, though additional funding is needed before the facility can begin operation.
According to Lawrence, that was when he felt moved to donate his classic roadster for the cause.
“I donated it personally to the women’s center and came up with the idea about the raffle,” he said, noting his church is also hosting the event in Lone Camp.
“In 2008, I bought the 1923 Model T Roadster,” he said, saying he felt blessed to be able to enjoy the rare automobile for several years. “I gave kids rides in it at the church.”
In addition to the raffle, he said a number of items will be available during an auction set to kick off the event.
“The auction starts at noon and Sheriff Ira Mercer will come in a little before 2 [p.m.] to do the raffle,” he explained. “One lucky person will win that hot rod.”
Only 200 tickets, selling for $100 each, are available. To purchase tickets, contact Lawrence at (817) 333-8060, or Ted Oliver at (940) 45-0231. The auction and raffle drawing will take place at the Fellowship Hope Center, 6364 Farm-to-Market Road 4, in Lone Camp.
“The car is in Mineral Wells this week,” Lawrence said, adding locals can see it at various local destinations before it is transferred to its new owner.