What It Is Like To Attend Jimmy Carter’s Sunday School Class


This is a great first-hand account of a visit to Jimmy Carter’s Sunday School class at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia.

Here is a taste:

PLAINS, Ga. (RNS) — We wake at 5 a.m. because we are told everyone in our hotel has come for the same reason —  to see 92-year-old Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, conduct Bible study at Maranatha Baptist Church.

An hour later, still 45 minutes before sunrise, my wife and I, along with her brother and his wife, are driving 10 miles west from Americus to Plains.

The man handing out numbers at Maranatha Baptist says that, at 6:25 a.m., we are car No. 72, and he reckons that 160 people will stand in line ahead of us.

About 7:45 a.m., we line up, by car number, in a swarm of gnats.

At the front door, I empty my pockets and a Secret Service agent waves a wand across my front and backside.

Once inside, I give thanks for air conditioning and the absence of gnats.

Read the rest here.

One thought on “What It Is Like To Attend Jimmy Carter’s Sunday School Class

  1. Great story! My parents once attended his Sunday School class prior to his presidency. I believe it was during the general campaign. My sister, a middle school teacher in north Georgia, used to take students to Plains on occasion for Georgia history field trips. Once she spotted Carter coming out of the hardware store carrying building supplies for a Habitat project. He was gracious and spent some time with the students. I cannot think of a major leader who has been more humble and unassuming after leaving office.


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