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February 4, 2012

Part 2: How Word For the World was born

Filed under: Bible Passages,Salvation — Dr Earl @ 10:07 am

Getting to that Camp Meeting was the turning point of my life. It was in 1960 that I went forward and knelt at an old fashioned altar. Jesus Christ forgave me my sins of the past, present and future as I walk with him. Thank God for the blood of Christ that washed me white as snow.

Right then I knew I needed to get an education. I had much about Cleveland Bible College in Cleveland, OH. Many preachers and missionaries came out of that school. It had just moved to Canton, OH and was on its way to becoming accredited; so within a month, I was in Canton at what was now, Malone University. I had applied late but got accepted. Since my parents really didn’t have money to help me, I got a full-time job and went to night school for the first couple years. It took me 6 years to graduate from Malone.

Upon graduation, the same day, I married the love of my life, Judy. I had met her at Malone and we hit it off fairly quick. We then moved to Marion, IN where I became the Director of the Marion Area Youth For Christ. It was heavily in debt, and had no record of teens that were active. After finding a few teenagers that had been active we went to football games and passed out the YFC magazine. Before we knew it we had good crowds at out Saturday night rallies. Marion YFC won the International Bible Quiz Tournament at Winona Lake, IN two years in a row. There were about 45 active college students from Taylor University that were active in being Club leaders in the area High Schools. We were in five counties, debt free.

The problem was, I became a full-time fund raiser instead of an evangelist. I was and still am, an evangelist and Bible teacher. After a couple years as a Youth Pastor and then  couple working for Malone University, I became the pastor of a small country church that was experiencing a split. We lost almost half our congregation over a theological issue. That left us with about fifity people. Within two years we were in a building campaign with new Sunday School classrooms and Sanctuary to seat 400. After eight more years we were packing the Sanctuary.

Tune in for Part 3 –

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