‘Georgia Grace Girls’ win $20K for HOPE Center
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Lesley Hill, Mae Lynn Biggs and Samantha Jesse chose the HOPE Center in Woodstock to receive $20,000 they won on the game show ‘The American Bible Challenge.’<br>Cherokee Tribune/Special
Lesley Hill, Mae Lynn Biggs and Samantha Jesse chose the HOPE Center in Woodstock to receive $20,000 they won on the game show ‘The American Bible Challenge.’
Cherokee Tribune/Special
A Cherokee County mom, her daughter and a family friend recently appeared on the GSN game show “The American Bible Challenge” and brought home $20,000 for The HOPE Center in Woodstock.

The “Georgia Grace Girls” — Mae Lynn Biggs, her daughter, Samantha Jesse, and friend, Lesley Hill, — faced two other teams on the show in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible.

On the show, contestants share their compelling back-stories before playing the game for a charitable organization of their choice.

The other teams included three Atlanta co-workers who supported each other through health challenges, playing for a faith-based leadership academy, and three California firefighters playing for a children’s cancer charity.

The show is hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy.

The Georgia Grace Girls faced the firefighters in the game’s “Final Revelation,” clinching the $20,000 grand prize with a question about the Apostle Paul’s letters to Timothy.

Jesse said she has loved The HOPE Center since it helped her through an unplanned pregnancy when she was a college student.

“Becoming pregnant was completely unexpected and really scary for me,” she explained on the show. “I was very afraid because I didn’t feel capable of being a parent, I just felt like I was too young. From the beginning of my pregnancy all the way through after Avery was born, The Hope Center helped me financially providing things like clothes and bottles and formula and anything that I needed for Avery.”

“Samantha getting involved in The HOPE Center was a wonderful blessing,” added Biggs. “She was a college student with no insurance.To understand that my daughter had this crisis pregnancy…this unplanned pregnancy…and yet God turned it all around for good.”

“We were so honored that Samantha would think about us,” said Cindy O’Leary, executive director of The HOPE Center. “This is a great example of how God can bless all of us in the most unexpected ways. We love the show and were thrilled to see Avery’s story, Samantha’s story and our story shared with a national TV audience. What a blessing.”

In hindsight, Samantha said she’s thankful for the experience.

“Every birthday and every holiday and every day that I have with her I celebrate, because I found my purpose when I had Avery,” she said.

“The American Bible Challenge” is also doing well. The show’s Aug. 23 premiere attracted GSN’s largest audience ever 2.3 million viewers.

The HOPE Center is a non-profit medical clinic specializing in pregnancy diagnosis and decision making.

The HOPE Center and Baby & More Thrift Store are located at 295 Molly Lane in Woodstock.

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