WHY I AM A CHRISTIAN!

                                                TESTIMONY OF PASTOR LONNIE LEE.
 
 






     I WAS BORN IN 1948, AND LIVED IN A VERY SMALL TOWN IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA. MAIN STREET WAS THREE BLOCKS LONG. I WAS SECOND OLDEST SON IN A FAMILY OF NINE PEOPLE. MY DAD JUST CAME HOME FROM THE NAVY AFTER W,W,2, LIKE SO MANY HE MARRIED AND STARTED A FAMILY, HE WAS A MACHINIST AND HAD TO DRIVE LONG DISTANCES TO FIND WORK. WE GREW UP IN NORMAN ROCKWELL SETTING, I WENT TO A TWO ROOM SCHOOL, FIRST THROUGH SEVENTH GRADE IN ONE ROOM AND EIGHT- TWELVE IN THE OTHER ONE TEACHER FOR ALL STUDENTS IN EACH ROOM. WE GREW UP PLAYING WAR IN THE OLD GRAVEL PIT, COWBOYS AND INDIANS ON THE RAILROAD GRADE. SEVERAL TIMES A DAY A OLD LOCOMOTIVE WOULD COME THROUGH TRAILING SMOKE, AND WE FLATTENED PENNIES ON THE TRACKS.

    IN THE SUMMER WE HAD OLD BICYCLES TO RIDE WATER MELONS TO STEAL, AND HOURS TO SWIM IN THE CREEK. WINTER WE SKATED ON FROZEN PONDS. BUILT SNOW FORTS AND HAD SNOW BALL FIGHTS. ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL WE WALKED BY THE TELEPHONE COMPANY AND THROUGH THE WINDOW WE COULD SEE THE OLD OPERATOR AT HER SWITCH BOARD, IT WAS THE OLD CRANK THE PHONE AND TELL HER WHO YOU WANTED TO TALK TO AND EVERY BODY IN TOWN COULD LISTEN TO YOUR CONVERSATIONS. BUT NO ONE WOULD ADMIT THEY DID.

    SOUNDS FUN BUT PUT IN MY DAD WAS A DRUNK WHO CAME HOME ANGRY WAS SHORT ON MONEY AND DIDN'T CARE WHO HE TOOK IT OUT ON. MY OLDER BROTHER AND I  LEARNED TO KEEP OUT OF HIS WAY BEST WE COULD SO WE WOULD STAY OUT LATE AND THIS LED TO TROUBLE, WE BROKE IN THE LOCAL STORE AND STOLE A LARGE AMOUNT OF SHOES AND HID THEM IN A DITCH IN OUR BACK YARD, WE GOT CAUGHT, AND BEAT FOR IT ,  IF WE GOT IN TROUBLE AT SCHOOL THE TEACHER WOULD BEAT YOU ,THEN WHEN YOU GOT HOME YOU GOT IT AGAIN. WE EARNED MONEY BY TRAPPING GOPHERS FOR THE FARMERS AND COLLECTING SCRAP IRON ON THE RAILROAD TRACKS. I GOT DRUNK MY FIRST TIME WHEN I WAS ABOUT 6 YEARS OLD AT A KEG PARTY MY FOLKS ATTENDED WHEN THEY WENT IN THE HOUSE WE WOULD PUT OUR MOUTH ON THE SPOUT AND PULL THE HANDLE AND DRINK AS MUCH AS WE COULD. A MAN MADE A PASS AT MY MOM AND FOR THE FIRST TIME I SAW MY DAD BEAT A MAN UP IN FRONT OF THE KIDS. WE STARTED SMOKING AT THE AGE OF 8, WE HID OUR CIGARETTES BEHIND THE OUTHOUSE IN A SMALL PARK. WE WOULD HITCH HIKE TO THE NEXT LARGER TOWN AND SHOP LIFT AT THE BEN FRANKLIN STORE AND COME HOME AND HIDE THE LOOT. WE HAD A FRIEND WHO'S DAD WAS WEIRD HE HAD A LOT OF NAZI STUFF HELMETS KNIVES, HE TOLD US WAR STORES AND GAVE US BEER. HE HAD GIRLIE MAGAZINES HE LET US LOOK AT ALSO.

    ONE DAY DAD SAID WE WERE MOVING TO ILLINOIS, HE HAD A JOB AS AN ENGINEER AT A FACTORY. SO WE PACKED UP AN OLD STATION WAGON AND THE NINE OF US WERE ON OUR WAY. WE MOVED TO MATTOON ILLINOIS A TOWN OF 35000 WE WERE AT A LOSS WE NEVER SAW SUCH A THING AS TRAFFIC LIGHTS, NO OUT HOUSES, WE SIGNED UP FOR SCHOOL. I WAS IN SEVENTH GRADE MY SCHOOL WAS LARGER THAN MY HOME TOWN. I WAS LOST FOR THE FIRST YEAR EVERY HALL LOOKED ALIKE SO I WAS LATE FOR MOST OF MY CLASSES.

    THERE WAS A STRICT SOCIAL CODE IN SCHOOL, BLACK KIDS STAYED WITH BLACK. WHITE KIDS BROKE UP INTO RICH, MIDDLE INCOME AND POOR WHITE TRASH, THERE WERE GANGS, TO DEAL WITH, AND IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY ONE WANTED TO FIGHT. I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE I BELONGED I HAD FRIENDS WHO WERE BLACK AND PLAYED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE TRACKS WHERE THEY LIVED. WE HAD TO FIGHT OR LOOSE OUR LUNCH MONEY ON THE BRIDGE JUST BEFORE SCHOOL PROPERTY. SCHOOL WAS NOT MY CALLING, I GOT ON THE FOOTBALL TEAM AND LASTED TWO WEEKS I GOT CAUGHT SMOKING ON SCHOOL PROPERTY AND KICKED OFF.

    WHEN I GOT TO HIGH SCHOOL I HUNG AROUND THE DRINKING FIGHTING CROWD, DOING WHAT WE SHOULDN'T. I JOINED ARMY R.O.T.C. IT WAS THE ONLY THING I REALLY LIKED. MY SENIOR YEAR MY OLDER BROTHER HAD A GIRL PREGNANT AND JOINED THE NAVY AND I SIGNED UP TO GO IN ON THE DAY I GRADUATED. HE DIDN'T LAST A YEAR AND WAS KICKED OUT WITH AN UNDESIRABLE DISCHARGE. TO MY BENEFIT AS HE TOLD ME WHAT TO EXPECT. MY SENIOR YEAR I MISSED 81 DAYS OF SCHOOL BECAUSE OF MY DRINKING. THEY GRADUATED ME TO GET RID OF ME. ON JUNE 6 1966 I WAS SITTING ON THE CURB WITH A BEER IN MY HAND WHEN THEY COME TO GET ME. WE WENT TO ST LOUIS TO BE PROCESSED, THEN A TRAIN RIDE TO GREAT LAKES NAVY BOOT CAMP. WHEN I ARRIVED I VOLUNTEERED FOR A SPECIAL DRILL COMPANY, IT WAS GREAT I WAS ON THE COLOR GUARD AND TRAVELED TO CHICAGO BEARS FOOTBALL GAMES TO MARCH AT HALF TIME, I ALSO VOLUNTEERED FOR CHAPLAINS ASSISTANT NOT FOR RELIGION BUT I DID NOT HAVE TO MARCH ON SUNDAY I GOT TO EAT AT MY OWN TIME AND WHEN EVERY ONE WAS SITTING THROUGH A BORING SERMON I WAS IN THE SIDE ROOM DRINKING THE WINE IN THE CABINET NOT BAD.

    AFTER THREE MONTHS OF THIS WE GRADUATED AND I WAS SENT TO MEMPHIS TENN. FOR THREE MONTHS OF SCHOOL. WE WERE GIVEN THREE CHOICES OF WHERE WE WANTED TO BE STATIONED, I SAID VIET NAM, THEY SENT ME TO JAPAN. I WAS IN A SQUADRON THAT SPENT 30 DAYS IN JAPAN AND 30 DAYS IN THE PHILIPPINES ALTERNATING. AT 18 YEARS OLD WE COULD LEGALLY DRINK ON BASE, AT THE CLUB THE BEST WHISKEY WAS ONE DOLLAR PER QUART, NEEDLESS TO SAY I THOUGHT I WAS IN HEAVEN. I DRANK A LOT AND ONE NIGHT GOT IN A FIGHT WITH A GUY IN THE BARRACKS HE PULLED A KNIFE  I TOOK IT AWAY AND STABBED HIM THROUGH THE HAND, IT WAS SELF DEFENSE SO I GOT AWAY WITH IT. I WENT TO THE PHILIPPINES AND WAS ABOUT TO LEARN WHAT SIN REALLY WAS. OLONGO POL CITY WAS THE DIRTIEST PLACE I EVER WAS, YOU COULD GET SOMEONE KILLED FOR FIVE DOLLARS, BARS FULL OF WHORES, IN THE STREETS BEGGARS, YOU HAD TO WATCH EVERY MOVE OR BE ROBBED, DEAD BABIES IN THE RIVER THE WHORES THREW THEM IN AT BIRTH. ON BASE WE HAD NO DRESS CODE BECAUSE OF THE HEAT, AND THE MONSOON RAINS. WE WERE DRUNK MOST OF THE TIME WORKED LONG HOURS, 12 HRS. ON 24 OFF 24 ON 12 OFF, THE MAN WHO INVENTED THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN SHOT, AFTER 24 HOURS OF DRINKING THEN BACK TO WORK FOR 24 HOURS CAUSED MEN TO GET SLOPPY ONE NIGHT A YOUNG MAN WALKED RIGHT THROUGH A TURNING PROPELLER ON AN AIRPLANE HE WAS TURNED INTO MUSH  DIED INSTANTLY. AFTER 30 DAYS OF THIS WE FLY BACK TO JAPAN. ON MY RETURN I GOT DRUNK WENT BACK TO THE BARRACKS AND FOUND SOME ONE STOLE ALL MY STUFF IT WAS TWO IN THE MORNING.

    I CALLED THE DUTY OFFICER TO REPORT IT HE SAID HE COULDN'T DO ANY THING TILL MORNING, I SAID IF IT WAS HIS STUFF HE WOULD, AND CALLED HIM A NAME AND HUNG UP. A WHILE LATER HE CAME IN MY ROOM WITH A MARINE GUARD, I SAID ARE YOU HERE TO FIND MY STUFF, HE SAID NO BUT TO ARREST ME FOR INSUBORDINATION SO I HIT HIM IN THE NOSE. BAD CHOICE I WAS FOUND GUILTY BUSTED TO E3,  $300 DOLLAR FINE AND RESTRICTED TO BASE FOR 30 DAYS. NEXT I ASKED TO BE TRANSFERRED TO VIET NAM THIS TIME IT WAS APPROVED IN RECORD TIME. IN THE MEAN TIME MY MOM AND DAD GOT DIVORCED MOM AND THE KIDS MOVED BACK TO MINNESOTA DAD STAYED IN ILLINOIS, I HAD 30 DAYS LEAVE, I WENT TO MATTOON DAD MOVED TO SPRINGFIELD TO SHACK UP WITH SOME WOMAN, MY BROTHER HAD BECOME A DOPE SMOKING HIPPY LONG HAIR, LIVING IN A COMMUNE, DEALING DRUGS. ALL MY FRIENDS WERE IN COLLEGE OR SERVICE SO I MOVED ON TO CALIFORNIA TO SEE MY OLDER BROTHER HE WAS RE MARRIED WITH ANOTHER KID ON THE WAY WE PARTIED FOR THREE WEEKS AND SAID GOOD BY.

    I CHECKED IN AT THE NAVEL AMPHIBIOUS WARFARE SCHOOL AT CORNADO, THERE THEY PULLED MY TEETH, RUN ME TO DEATH TAUGHT ME ABOUT THE THINGS NEEDED TO SURVIVE THE NEXT YEAR, OFF TO MARINE ADVANCED INFANTRY SCHOOL TO LEARN SMALL ARMS, THEN TO THE MOUNTAINS TO HIKE AND DO COMPASS  READING WE KILLED LIVE RABBETS WITH OUR HANDS AND ATE THEM, AND SO ON. THEN WE WERE PUT IN A P.O.W. CAMP AND BEATEN, PUT IN ICE WATER STRIPPED GENERALLY TREATED BAD. AFTER THAT ON A PLANE TO THE SUNNY REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM FOR THE NEXT 360 DAYS.

    TO MAKE THIS SHORT IT WAS ROCKET ATTACKS, TOWER WATCH ,,AT NIGHT RED ALERTS, CONVOY DUTY, THREW BAD GUY COUNTRY. LAND MINES, GETTING SHOT AT IN VILLAGES. 7 DAYS BEFORE I CAME HOME I WAS BLOWN UP BY A ILLUMINATION GRENADE. IT BLEW A LARGE HOLE IN MY THIGH, AT THE HOSPITAL THEY TRIED TO KEEP ME IN COUNTRY, BUT AN OLD DRINKING BUDDY LT. PARSHALL PULLED STRINGS TO GET ME SENT HOME, APR 11 1969 I ARRIVED IN THE DISCHARGE PLACE PUT IN THE HOSPITAL THEN SENT HOME.

    IT SEEMED LIKE A LIFE TIME BUT I WAS OUT OF THE SERVICE WITH A YEARS PAY IN MY POCKET AND NO IDEA WHAT TO DO, I FLEW TO MINNEAPOLIS AND FOUND MY OLDER BROTHER AND WE WENT ON A ONE YEAR DRUNK, HE TOLD ME ABOUT A TOWN IN NORTHERN MINNESOTA WITH NO LAW, YOU COULD DO ANYTHING YOU PLEASED IF YOU WERE BIG ENOUGH TO GET AWAY WITH  IT.
WE CAME TO HILL CITY AND IT WAS AS HE SAID. MY MOM AND HER NEW HUSBAND LIVED HERE WITH MY LITTLE BROTHERS AND SISTER IN THE COUNTRY.

    WE ALL GOT DRUNK A LOT, I WAS IN JAIL FOR PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS AND ASSAULTING A COP. ONE WEEKEND WE CAME UP NORTH AND I LET MY BROTHER OFF AT MY FOLKS HOUSE I WENT TO TOWN TO SEE MY GIRLFRIEND, A FIGHT BROKE OUT BETWEEN MY BROTHER AND STEP DAD THEY WERE DRUNK AND GUNS WERE GRABBED MY BROTHER WAS SHOT IN THE BACK I WENT TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM HE WAS LAID OUT, COVERED WITH BLOOD DEAD, AT 22 YEARS OLD.

    I HARDENED MY HEART LONG BEFORE THAT ,I FELT I WAS ALL ALONE IN THE WORLD. I WENT OUT WITH A GIRL DRINKING ONE DAY SHE DROVE TO MCGREGOR MN. WE DRANK ALL DAY AND LEFT THE BAR WE WERE DOING 80 MILES PER HOUR WHEN WE LEFT THE ROAD END OVER END 7 TIMES WE BOTH WENT THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD, I WOKE UP 150 FEET FROM THE CAR HEAD DOWN IN THE MUD I CRAWLED BACK TO THE CAR IT WAS A BALL OF METAL
I FOUND THE GIRL SHE HAD BEEN CRUSHED UNDER THE CAR ON ONE ROLL I LOOKED UP AND PEOPLE WERE LOOKING AT US BUT NOT DOING ANYTHING TO HELP. WHEN THE AMBULANCE GOT THERE ONLY A DRIVER WE PULLED HER UP TO THE AMBULANCE PUT HER IN THE BACK I GOT IN WITH HER AND WE TOOK OFF FOR A 27 MILE TRIP TO THE HOSPITAL SHE BEGAN CHOKING ON HER BLOOD IT BUBBLED OUT OF HER NOSE I SAID WHAT SHOULD I DO THE DRIVER SAID WIPE HER NOSE WITH KLEENEX, WHEN WE ARRIVED I WAS PUT IN A ROOM A COP CAME IN AND SAID HE TOOK THE STEERING WHEEL TO THE CRIME LAB AND WHEN THEY GOT MY PRINTS OFF IT I WAS GOING TO BE CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER. THEY TOOK BLOOD TESTS TO SEE IF I WAS DRUNK AND LET ME GO I HADN'T EVEN SEEN A DOCTOR, I CAUGHT A RIDE TO THE HILL CITY LIQUOR STORE AND DRANK SOME MORE THE GIRLS BOYFRIEND CAME IN BEHIND ME GRABBED ME BY THE HAIR PULLED MY HEAD BACK AND SAID I KILLED HIS GIRL I GOT HIM DOWN AND TRIED TO KILL HIM. I WAS THROWN OUT AND WENT TO MY MOMS HOUSE AND PASSED OUT ON THE FLOOR.

    IN THE MORNING I WOKE UP BUT COULDN'T MOVE I WAS PARALYZED FROM THE NECK DOWN, I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL X-RAYS SHOWED BROKEN VERTEBRA IN MY NECK. I RECOVERED, I MET MY WIFE IN HILL CITY SHE WAS 16 AND VERY SWEET SHE BEGAN DRINKING WE GOT MARRIED HAD A CHILD A LITTLE GIRL. I WORKED CONSTRUCTION AS A LABOR GOOD MONEY WE BOUGHT A MOBILE HOME I COULD NOT SETTLE DOWN I CRAVED EXCITEMENT, I LEFT MY WIFE AND CHILD TO GO BACK TO VIET NAM IN 1973 AS A CIVILIAN ADVISOR TO THE VIETNAMESE AIR FORCE.

    I MOVED IN WITH A BAR GIRL GOT A MOTORCYCLE AND CONTINUED TO DRINK WORK AND GET IN TROUBLE, SAIGON WAS A DANGEROUS PLACE AT THAT TIME AS ALL THE AMERICANS WENT HOME ONLY A HAND FULL OF US LEFT AND EVERY ONE WANTED TO KILL US. ONE BAD DAY I HAD TO FLY TO HUE WITH A VIETNAMESE PILOT AND 150 ARVN DESERTERS, HUE WAS SURROUNDED BY NORTH VIETNAMESE THE AIR FIELD WAS CLOSED AND UNDER ARTILLERY ATTACK, I WAS THE LAST AMERICAN TO GO THERE WHEN WE LANDED I GOT OUT AND THE PILOT LEFT ME THERE. ALL ALONE I HID HE CAME BACK AFTER ABOUT THREE HOURS AND WE LEFT BACK TO SAIGON IT WAS MONSOON SEASON RAIN FOG TO THE GROUND WE MISSED THE RUNWAY AND CRASHED IN THE MUD AND TREES SLID TO A STOP I GOT OUT AND SWORE I WOULD NEVER FLY WITH A VIETNAMESE PILOT AGAIN EVEN IF THEY FIRED ME.

    MY SIX MONTHS WERE UP ANY WAY, MY GIRL FRIEND WAS PREGNANT THERE WAS FIGHTING GOING ON EVERY NIGHT AROUND MY APARTMENT I SLEPT WITH A GUN SO I JUST GOT ON A PLANE AND FLEW TO HONG KONG AND BACK TO THE STATES. MY WIFE MET ME AND I WENT HOME I DIDN'T LOVE HER SHE DIDN'T LOVE ME I WENT IN TO MY DAUGHTERS ROOM SHE WAS SLEEPING ONLY TWO YEARS OLD SHE WOKE UP AND SMILED AND SAID MY DADDY IT MELTED MY HEART, WE DECIDED TO STAY TOGETHER I STARTED WORKING CONSTRUCTION AGAIN AND SOON STARTED DRINKING AGAIN, IT GOT SO BAD I WAS BUILDING SMOKE STACKS WORKING 600 FEET IN THE AIR 7 DAYS A WEEK 12 HOURS A DAY AND DRINKING THE REST AWAY, MY WIFE LEFT ME AND MY RESPONSE WAS GOOD NOW I CAN DRINK AND NOT BE BOTHERED BY HER NAGGING. I WAS LIVING ALONE I GOT FIRED FROM MY JOB FOR MISSING WORK AND DRINKING EVERY DAY.

    ON SEPT 7 1977 I WAS IN MIKES BAR IN HILL CITY AT ONE IN THE MORNING THE BAR TENDER AND I WERE ALONE ,I WAS DRUNK A STRANGER CAME IN AND SAID HELLO FOR NO REASON I HIT HIM KNOCKED HIM TO THE FLOOR AND TRIED TO CHOKE HIM THE BAR TENDER BROKE US UP AND THREW ME OUT I GOT IN MY TRUCK AND STARTED HOME AS I DROVE MY LIFE BEGAN TO FLASH BEFORE ME ALL I HAD EVER DONE AND WHAT WAS DONE TO ME, I DID NOT KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON, I GOT HOME MADE COFFEE AND IT STARTED AGAIN, ITEM BY ITEM I THOUGHT MY LIFE OF 30 YEARS WAS PAIN SORROW HURT OTHERS, BEFORE THEY HURT YOU. I THOUGHT IT IS NOT FAIR OTHER PEOPLE ARE HAPPY BUT I NEVER HAD ANY LOVE OR COMFORT ONLY PAIN. THEN I THOUGHT IF I LIVE ANOTHER 30 YEARS IT WILL ONLY BE MORE OF THE SAME, I COULD NOT BARE THE THOUGHT OF IT SO I DECIDED TO KILL MY SELF
I LOADED MY DEER RIFLE AND WENT OUT IN THE GARDEN PUT THE GUN IN MY MOUTH FINGER ON THE TRIGGER, I COULD NOT DO IT I WENT IN THE HOUSE AND CALLED A FRIEND HE SAID HE WOULD SEND SOMEONE OVER, AT TWO IN THE MORNING A MAN CAME TO THE HOUSE, HE ASKED ME WHAT I WAS DOING I SAID TRYING TO KILL MYSELF. WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE , HE SAID WHY I TOLD HIM ABOUT MY LIFE AND HE SAID YOU NEED TO DIE TONIGHT, BUT NOT THE WAY YOU THINK. HE BEGAN TO TELL ME ABOUT JESUS CHRIST ABOUT SIN DEATH LIFE, AND MANY OTHER THINGS I NEVER HEARD BEFORE, HE ASKED ME IF I WAS WILLING TO ADMIT TO GOD I WAS A SINNER, I HAD NO PROBLEM WITH THAT, HE SAID WOULD YOU ASK JESUS TO COME INTO YOUR HEART AND SAVE YOU, I SAID I WILL TRY IT BECAUSE IF SOMETHING DOESN'T CHANGE BY SUN RISE I AM GOING TO KILL MY SELF, I CANNOT GO ON ANOTHER DAY LIKE THIS, HE LED ME IN A SINNERS PRAYER AS I PRAYED MY HEAD FELL ON THE TABLE  I BEGAN TO CRY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE I WAS A CHILD, I FELT LIKE I WAS ON FIRE BURNING UP WHEN I RAISED MY HEAD OFF THE TABLE I KNEW MY LIFE WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN, I BLURTED OUT I WILL NEVER DRINK ANOTHER DROP IN MY LIFE, HE SAID HOW DO YOU KNOW THIS I SAID SOMETHING HAS CHANGED IN MY HEART, I FEEL HAPPY, HE SAID GET A BIBLE AND READ ABOUT THIS JESUS WHO IS NOW YOUR LORD AND SEE WHAT HE WANTS YOU TO DO.
THE NEXT DAY I BOUGHT MY FIRST BIBLE I READ EIGHT TO TEN HOURS A DAY AND TOLD OTHERS ABOUT JESUS, I WENT TO MY WIFE AND TOLD HER AND ASKED TO GET BACK TOGETHER WE DID SHE CONTINUED TO DRINK AND RUN AROUND FOR A YEAR, THEN SHE GOT SAVED, SOON OTHERS WERE SAVED WE HAD A SMALL COMMUNITY GROWING, I BEGAN TO TEACH BIBLE STUDIES THEY GREW, WE FORMED A CHURCH , WE BUILT OUR FIRST BUILDING IN HILL CITY.

    I MET A SOUTHERN BAPTIST MISSIONARY MANY TRIED TO TAKE US OVER AND CONVERT US TO THEIR WAYS, BUT THEY DID NOT BELIEVE THE BIBLE THE WAY I DID SO I WAS VERY LEERY, AS WE TALKED HE TOLD ME ABOUT BAPTIST DOCTRINE AND BELIEF IN THE BIBLE, I PRAYED ABOUT IT THE LORD LED US TO JOIN THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION. I WAS ORDAINED AS A MINISTER IN 1983 AND HAVE SINCE BUILT TWO CHURCHES BY MY SELF AND HELPED BUILD SEVEN OTHERS I PASTOR TWO CHURCHES AT THE PRESENT. OVER THE YEARS HAVE LED MANY TO FAITH IN CHRIST DECIPELED THEM AND THEY HAVE MOVED ON TO SERVE CHRIST IN OTHER PLACES. I AM 52 NOW HAVE HAD ONE HEART ATTACK TWO YEARS AGO, I DRIVE OVER 20000 MILES A YEAR HAVE HOME BIBLE STUDIES ALL AROUND AND LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT, THERE HAVE BEEN MANY HEART BREAKING THINGS HAPPEN, BUT MANY WONDERFUL THINGS ALSO, I WOULD NOT TRADE ONE DAY OF MY LIFE IN CHRIST FOR THE FIRST 30 YEARS IN SIN. I AM A CHRISTIAN BECAUSE JESUS LOVED ME ENOUGH TO DIE FOR MY SINS TO REMOVE THEM AND GIVE ME NEW LIFE, I AM A GRAND FATHER TWICE OVER MY WIFE AND I HAVE HAD OUR THIRTY YEAR ANNIVERSARY WE LOVE EACH OTHER VERY MUCH, GOD IS GOOD HE LOVES YOU ALSO OPEN YOUR HEART TO CHRIST AND ONE DAY YOU WILL LOOK BACK AND AGREE WITH ME.
                                            GOD BLESS YOU IN JESUS NAME.
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