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August 4, 2012

Part 3: How Word For the World was Born

Filed under: Bible Passages — Dr Earl @ 11:58 am

Having no doubt as to the calling of God upon my life, I applied myself to my studies at Malone University and worked a full-time job as well. There was a very well-known church in the area that was holding their annual Missions Conference. I decided to attend not having any idea that this conference would begin a series of events that would change my life.

It was in 1962, at this Missions Conference, that God spoke to my heart again and told me (I thought) to go to Borneo as a missionary! Borneo was still an unreached field with head-hunters and cannibals! There wasn’t even a Mission Board that would send me.

All of our ministry after marriage was to set us up to go to Borneo, now called Kalimantan, Indonesia. In 1978, while pastoring Mt. Zion Community Church in Canton, Ohio, we decided to send in our application to go to the mission field. However, in the Providence of God some weird things were happening in my body. Symptoms were few but very bothersome. After being in the hospital and undergoing many, many tests, the doctors determined I had M.S. (Multiple Sclerosis). Not only that but as a result of some of the tests they found that I had stenosis (closing of the bone on root nerves in the spine) down most of my spine! That, along with the M.S., shut the door to Borneo.

Pain, coupled with the growing inability to walk, caused Judy and I to evaluate whether or not I could keep up with a growing church. After much prayer, we decided it was time to make some changes. As a result, Earl Bailey Ministry in Evangelism, Inc. was born. Because of the growth of the church I pastored, I was fairly well-known in Ohio and surrounding States. Getting dates for revivals was no problem. I figured I could teach a class in the mornings, preach at night and rest in the afternoons. We did this for 20 years.

In 1987, after teaching Vacation Bible School on some of the Islands of the Caribbean, the door opened to start a radio broadcast to that area. The broadcast proved to be a great success with fantastic results. People were accepting Jesus Christ and lives were being changed. Doors started opening to broadcast Word For the World in places we could not go ourselves!

That’s when God’s call became plain in our sight. We started getting mail from all around the world. But something was strange; by about 2 to 1 we received mail from Kalimantan, Indonesia! It was a short time after that I found out that Kalimantan was BORNEO! God had worked it all out in His time and in His way. If I had gone to Borneo my ministry would have been limited to where I was at the time. Now, we are in every country of the world!

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