“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so …” (Psalms 107:2)

Power, Redemption, Affirmation, Inspiration, Sanctification, Exaltation

Volume 7 Issue 1                                                                                                                April 2006


 Ruth Johnson, Ivan Pope, Delois Maddox, Ralph Brown, and Jackie Hager

Tom Meadows, Sr.- Emeritus   Roy Campbell - Emeritus

Richard Hatcher-Emeritus

The Twelve Disciples – Prayer Team

George Foreman, Ivan Pope, Janet Taylor, Juanita Langley, Margie Jasper, Denise Warren, Karen Page, Tom Meadows, Pam Barden, Ronnie Waddell, Deedre Dickerson and Tee Williams


Love Fund Coordinator:

Mary Tinnell

Newsletter Staff:

Sandra Witherspoon, and Mona Eno


Inside This Issue


Hands Up Info


From The Servant Team


Prayer Ministry & HUM Scheduled Meetings


Miracles Now


Missions & Love Fund


Emily Hai-Lim Meadows arrives


Changing of the Guard:  HUM Retirements


Changing of the Guard:  HUM Retirements


Hands Up Ministry Honors It’s Retirees


If you would like a copy of this newsletter, contact Ruth Johnson and give her your home and/or e-mail address.

The Newsletter staff is always looking for roving reporters, writers and publishers.  Anyone interested in serving God through this publication, please contact



PRAISE the Lord!!

Tom Meadows

Sharing In 2006 - God Has A Pavilion

I wanted to take a moment to share with you the Hands Up Ministry Standard for 2006.  I can only say that the Lord gives them to me and then He shows what it means.  It is now April and I am seeing what "Sharing in 2006 - God Has A Pavilion" means.  Webster describes, "sharing" as to partake of; use; experience or enjoy with others.  As I read that description I thought of the awesome responsibility that we as "Christians" have to partake of God's blessing of Salvation, to use it, to experience it and enjoy with others who do not know that the King is Jesus and He is coming soon.

 Psalms 34:8 - O taste and see that the LORD is good.  Share Him with someone today.


"Pavilion" is described as a canopy or to furnish or cover with a pavilion.   Brothers and Sisters Jesus provided our covering with His precious blood.  What can we do less in 2006 than to share the Good News with the lost world and let them know there is safety in Jesus?   

Psalms 27:5 - For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock





Has anyone told you

I love you


I love you


Jesus loves you!



If you need prayer contact Karen Page or Margie Jasper or any member of the Twelve Disciples or the Servant Team


“Miracles Now”

“Pastor Jeremiah”



What is a miracle?  It is an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.  In other words it is God making his presence known in our lives by doing something that we as humans cannot explain away with our historical or scientific data.  Why are we not seeing more miracles as promised by Jesus before He ascended back into heaven?  I believe there are several reasons.

  1. We do not believe that God would use us to be a miracle.  It always has to be someone else.
  2. We believe that we must do something or be something spectacular to be used as a miracle.
  3. We are not expecting the manifestation of our faith in the miracle.  Hope is the front side of faith and expectation is the backside of faith.”  We know how to hope but we don’t know how to expect.
  4. One of the most astounding scriptures in the Bible is John 10:27 - My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  We need to listen more and repeat what thus saith he Lord instead of hearing ourselves talk and speaking what thus saith  man.
  5. We look for God to exhibit Himself to His children, but God only exhibits Himself in His children.  We want to be fully aware of what God is doing in us, but we cannot have complete awareness and expect to remain reasonable or balanced in our expectations of Him.  Romans 11:34 - For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?


When we know what we are doing then we know too much.  We think we know what we are doing , we don’t know what we are doing. When you walk by sight you know what you are doing.  When you walk by faith you find out what God is doing.  Hallelujah


Are You Available?

Hands Up Meetings

Tuesdays: United Christians of Alleghany Warehouse Company:  12:20 PM – 12:50 PM   

“The Light” at Park 500:  12 PM – 1 PM

Wednesdays: M/C “C” Shift:  2 AM – 3 AM

M/C “B” Shift:  7 PM – 8 PM

Thursdays (Noon – 1:00 PM): Alternates between Operations Center, Finance Center and Manufacturing Center


 Manufacturing Center – May 11,  May 25 , June 8,  June 22, June 29, July 13 and July 27

Finance Center –May 4, June 1 and July 6

Operations Center – May 18, June 15 and July 20

Headquarters HUM


Cabarrus HUM


Gateway HUM (Reborn)


BL Plant HUM

We are still praying for these sites to get started but we realize until someone hears God’s call, it will not happen.


Prayer Ministry



The one thing that holds this ministry and our work together is our prayer ministry headed up by Karen Page and Margie Jasper.   Did you know that we hold a noon prayer meeting every Wednesday at the location of the weekly Thursday meeting.  Did you know that our prayer register has about 300 requests to date?  Each of the names is called out to the Lord everyday not just on Wednesday.  It is a humbling thing to call out 300 names to the Lord knowing that you need as much prayer as any of these names.  Many people will be touched by the Lord through Hands Up Ministry who otherwise might never attend church.



Investment For An Eternity

By Tom Meadows, Sr.

El Curro - Project 2006

Hands Up Ministry, in partnership with Chester Outreach Church of the Nazarene, sponsored a mission trip to the Dominican Republic to build a church on April 1 through April 15, 2006.  A total of 20 people went at different times during the two weeks to help complete the work.

It is our hope to have pictures on our website as soon as possible at and click on he Missions page.

HUM had two team members to represent our investment into the Kingdom of God and this church and they were Karen Page and Sandy Witherspoon.

Invest in the future and eternity for yourself and others by contributing to this church.

1 John 3:17

But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

Isaiah 6:8

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?  Then said I, here am I; send Me.

Work & Witness

We serve the one and only mighty God who can do anything but fail.  Hallelujah Thank You Jesus.  When the Lord speaks to you and you answer "yes", please let us know.

Would you like to go on a mission trip? Is your church planning a mission trip that could use some more workers?  

We would like to start the dreaming process of going again in 2007.  The need is great and the time is now.


Hands Up Ministry

Love Fund

By:  Tom Meadows

Love Fund update.  To date in six years we have spent over $6000 in demonstrating the love of God to our Brother and Sisters in need and bereavement.  Thanks for every contribution you have ever made.  It is recorded in Heaven.

If you would like to give to this worthy cause contact Ruth Johnson or Ivan Pope.

Congratulations to Poppa Tom

Tom Meadows, Sr. became a grandfather on April 20, 2006 at 5:56 PM when Emily Hai-Lim Meadows made her appearance at St. Mary’s weighing in at 6 lbs and stretching 19 in.

The Changing of the Guard

The beginning of 2005 brought about the retirement of our beloved Brother Richard Hatcher.  The year 2006 ushered in the retirement of Servant Team Leaders Roy Campbell and Tom Meadows, Sr. plus Ronnie Waddell the founding leader of The Light at Park 500 and one of our Prayer warriors.  Julia Candia a former Servant Team Leader also retired in 2006.  We just want to give a little recap history of our Brothers and Sister.

Roy Campbell

I started my career with PM on February 2, 1976 at the MC as an hourly employee in Bay 1.  During that time I had numerous jobs, Container Packer Operator, Maker Operator, and Packer Operator.  In July of 1984 I was offered a position at Stockton Street as a Production Supervisor that I accepted.  I maintained that position for ten years until the job was eliminated and I had to find employment elsewhere in the company.  After being out of work for two months, I was offered an interview with the Quality Assurance Department at Stockton and through God’s grace I received the position.  When Stockton Street closed down, I was moved to the MC in the same job capacity until retirement in 2006.

There have been some good time and some bad times through my career at PM , but through it all, I can say that the good times far outweigh the bad times  Even during the bad times, there is a famous saying that says, “In every dark cloud, there is a silver lining.”  I did not know it at the time, but from the very first day at PM, God had His hands on me.  For that reason I can truly say that the highlight of my career was being introduced to God’s people, Hands Up Ministry.  Words could never explain how much your prayers and presence have helped me through some tough times not only at work but also in my personal life.  I know that through HUM, I have been made aware of who I am and where I am headed.  As I look back over my life and think things over, if it had not been for my brothers and sisters of HUM, but most importantly God, I hate to think where I would have been.



Richard Hatcher

I retired with 30 years and 7 months service.  I am truly blessed to have been a part of the Philip Morris family. I have met some great people of God.  The best thing that happened is the Hands Up Ministry.  It is truly a blessing to my life.  I praise God for Tom’s vision.  David said in Psalms 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.  David stated that unity is pleasant and precious.  Our outward expression of unity will reflect our inward unity of purpose.  That it why Hands Up Ministry is a great success.  Thank God Philip Morris brought me back as a contractor.  I was honored to be a part of the Hands Up Ministry retirement party.  I love each of you.  Thanks for everything.  I say to each of you:  In happy moments praise God;  in difficult moments seek God; in quiet moments worship God; in painful moments trust God; and in every moment thank God.





Ronnie Waddell

I started work at PM on March 12, 1979 at York Engineering Center located in Williamsburg.  I have worked at all PM site except Louisville and Cabarrus.  Along with Teresa Jackson, we were moved to Park 500 on June 20, 2000.  We started “The Light Ministry”.  I started a weekly email to give encouragement to the members.  On August 20, 2004, I was relocated to the OC.  I became the assistant to Ruth Johnson to support the OC ministry.   The ministry of a weekly email was continued with my move to the OC.  I love the Hands Up Ministry.  I pray for the leaders and the employees at PM.   I love you my Brothers and Sisters in Christ.




Tom Meadows, Sr.


I started my career with PM on August 1, 1966.  Yes, 1966.   I have worked at Philip Morris for parts of five decades.  Some called me an old dinosaur till I retired on March 1, 2006.  I worked at the Stemmery from August 1, 1966 until Uncle Sam came calling.   I joined the Army in December 1967 for a four-year tour during Vietnam era.  I was discharged on Friday December 17, 1971 and returned to work at the Stemmery on Monday, December 20, 1971.  It wasn’t entirely dedicated but I needed the money.  I remained at the Stemmery until I resigned in December 1972 due to harassment and no advancement.  For short period of three months I worked for Wyatt Transfer until my first boss at PM, Randy Henderson called me and asked if I would like to get back into the tobacco business.   Of course I said yes and Randy recommended me to Charlie Blair of Blair Tobacco Storages (later to become Philip Morris Maury Street Leaf Storages).  I went to work for Blair on May 14, 1973 and remained there until June 1, 1979 when PM bought Blair Tobacco Storages.  Talking about the Hand of God being on me.  I worked at the new Maury Street Leaf Storages until January 1985 when once again I had to make a career move due to politics.  I moved to serve as a Leaf Representative for the Leaf Department in the public sector until June 1, 1998.  As God would have it, I returned to Maury Street Leaf Storages but this time I was made manager.  It was a promotion but not a move I wanted to make but the Lord showed me that it was all part of His plan from Jeremiah 29:11.  I was blessed to gain the greatest boss of my 40-year career, Rich Campagna.  God used me and my position to touch lives and heal old wounds.  During this divine journey God led me to start Hands Up Ministry.  Much like Moses and all the patriarchs of the Bible, I had all the excuses why it should not be me and how could I do such a thing in secular Fortune 500 Company.  Well just like in the Bible, God always gets His man and executes His plan.

(Continued next column)


Tom Meadows, Sr. (continued)



On January 13, 2000, God’s dream of Hands Up Ministry became man’s reality when nine members started this historical and groundbreaking ministry.  A ministry for all who will just say, “Yes” to Jesus.  Hundreds of lives touched and two churches built on the mission field in the Dominican Republic.  Today Hands Up Ministry is getting stronger even with the changing of the guard for you see the Master is on guard.  He never sleeps or slumbers.  Another chapter in my life came through this ministry when I was called on April 11, 2004 to the ministry.  I was ordained on June 20, 2004 to a pastor for whosoever will.  What is next is another dream, The Healing House.  Knowing what the Lord has done with Hands Up Ministry you would think it would not be so awe inspiring this time but believe me.  What I have seen for The Healing House and the people of God is healings and miracles.  A church like none other.  Check out the initial dreams at  The greatest thing about The Healing House is that God is orchestrating it even now with the leaders, the body, the healings and the Glory of His Presence.  So many are seeking God and being misguided into a worshipful world where there is a form of godliness but no power.  What I have envisioned is that HUM will become incorporated into Hands Up Ministry International and from that the birth of The Healing House.  Would you pray and dream with God and me for the reality of this miraculous church.



The Healing House


HUM Retirement Celebration

Mona Eno

On March 17, 2006 the Hands-up-Ministry moved into a new era.  Both of HUM's founders as well as other pivotal members stepped into retirement.  "Upon these Rocks I will build at PM USA" was the theme and the sentiment, the music, the meal, the speakers and songs all attempted to honor the men who brought the Hands-Up Ministry to life at Philip Morris, USA.  Well wishers including Hand-Up members, friends and family turned out to attend the affair in the Operations Center's Marlboro Room.

Smiles, handshakes and many, many well wishes were showered upon Hands-Up founders, Tom Meadows Sr. and Ronnie Waddell These two men submitted themselves to the will of God and with a shared vision, gave life to an organization within Philip Morris that has brought consolation, caring and hope to the over 100 members of HUM and their families as well as individuals outside of the company through outreach in the form of visits to hospitals, shut-ins, Christmas gift giving, flowers, cards and calls.


(retirement celebration continued)

Additional guests of honor were retirees Richard Hatcher and Roy Campbell.  A notable honoree who could not attend the celebration was Julia R. Candia.

Festivities included prayers, scripture readings and moving song offerings by Angela Henley and Janet Copeland.  Ruth Johnson presented the historical moments of HUM and Pastors Sherrill Michael and Michael L. Jones expressed the admiration and esteem in which these servants of the Lord are held by their co-workers.  The honorees were each presented with plaques and then asked to say a few words.  Fellowship followed the more formal program.  The event, though simple and short attempted to convey the general feelings of the body of the Hands-Up Ministry which in the words of Ruth Johnson are feelings of the deepest respect, appreciation and love. 


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