By Clint Parker
West Asheville – There was a brand new ambulance parked in front of Trinity Baptist Church all morning long Sunday. However, it wasn’t for an emergency call but was there to be dedicated to service for the people of Israel.
The more than $125,000 ambulance was purchased by donations raised in a one-day share-a-thon ceremony held earlier this year by Ralph Sexton Ministries. The ministry announced that the fundraising drive was in honor and memory of Muzette Thaxton Sexton, who passed away last year from an illness. Muzette was the wife of the ministries’ founder and senior pastor at Trinity, Ralph Sexton, Jr. Sexton is a resident of the Leicester community.
Immediately following the morning services, family, friends, and ministry staff were on hand to cut the ribbon on the new emergency ambulance, which was due later Sunday to travel to Maryland to be put aboard a container ship headed to Israel. There, according to Rev. Sexton, another dedication ceremony will be held this fall and will then be put into service for the people of the country of Israel. This is the third ambulance to be donated by the local ministry and the only one to be bestowed on behalf of Sexton’s wife.