Eat wild game, stop human trafficking

A men's wild game supper was held at Jubilee Market, Varnville, Oct. 26.

  • Liz Glover poses with some of the items distributed by Jubilee Market.

A large turnout of several hundred hungry outdoorsmen exited their deer blinds and made their way to Varnville’s Jubilee Market at 7 p.m. for the fourteenth annual Men’s Wild Game Banquet on Oct. 26. The former door factory venue was filled to nearly capacity with hungry hunters for a tasty meal.

Fried alligator tail, venison, wild hog, frog legs, shrimp, and several other outdoor delicacies were offered to patrons. Plates flew and the waistlines grew as six lanes of buffet style wild game were quickly devoured.

After eating until their stomachs were full, the men then filled their hearts with fellowship and the harrowing tales of retired Lt. General William G. “Jerry” Boykin. Boykin, a North Carolina native who has spent much time in the Lowcountry, spoke to the audience and detailed several harrowing tales and how Boykin’s relationship with God allowed himself and others to persevere through the toughest of trials and tribulations.

Officials with the event announced Jubilee Market will now be the permanent home of the Men’s Wild Game Banquet and spoke of the great charitable works that are underway there.

 

Shedding light on human trafficking

In November of 2015, Jubilee Market, a Christian-based non-profit whose missions include shedding light on the global epidemic of human trafficking and helping ex-offenders find a new life after prison, purchased the former Embler Door Company building in Varnville, S.C. The 12-acre site contained four crumbling buildings that held potential and little else. Contractors estimated that it would cost a half-million dollars alone just to repair the roof on the quarter-mile-long, 126,000-square-foot factory. The electrical system will also have to be replaced, as the abandoned factory had become a regular target of vandals and copper thieves.

The Men’s Wild Game Conference was looking for a permanent home for its annual Hampton County Wild Game Banquet. The faith-based brotherhood of churches and outdoorsmen needed a venue large enough to hold 1,000 men and feed them and minister to them out of the weather, and so a partnership was born. A pork barbecue fundraiser was set for April 8 and around 5 a.m. that day, 260 pounds of Boston Butt pork roasts were set to slow roasting on a gas grill large enough to cook an entire hog.  Some of the brothers cooked pan after pan of rice at the nearby Varnville First Baptist Church. Another brother drove all the way from Beech Island, near Augusta, GA., to bring the hash. From 2 to 6 p.m. that Saturday, $10 plates of pulled pork, hash, rice, string beans and cole slaw were flying out the door and the event was declared the first of what is hoped will be many successful fundraisers.

“I am blown away by this community,” said Liz Glover, who, with her husband Grady, established Jubilee Market in 2008. “We have never been so accepted so quickly anywhere in the country. I think the people of Varnville and Hampton County are amazing people and I am so impressed. I hope there are a lot of events like this, where the barbecue pits are going and there is lots of fellowship.”

The funds will be used to help in the long-term process of repairing the old factory, which will be reborn as “Varnville Central Station.” In addition to becoming a permanent location for the Men’s Wild Game Banquet each October, the Glovers have other ambitious plans for the facility. They hope to create a safe work environment and establish vocational schools and on-the-job training for survivors of human trafficking, ex-inmates and other at-risk individuals. Local churches can also get involved and help provide faith-based mentoring.

“Varnville Central Station will be open to the community and the churches. This will be a place for many churches to accomplish the goal of bringing the community together.”

During recent Christian mission trips to India, the Glovers helped establish vocational centers to provide income for disenfranchised women and former victims of human trafficking in that country, and Jubilee Market now imports into the United States hand-made raw quilts and other Indian fabrics. Liz, a drapery designer by trade, then transforms those fabrics into unique fashions and home goods, which were recently featured on the Steve Harvey Show. Sales from these endeavors also go to benefit the non-profit’s faith-based and community endeavors. (For more information, go to www.emerge2bknown.com and www.thejubileemarket.com.)