I accepted the Lord October 25, 1976 and immediately joined a little church of about 35 members, including kids.
The church was in the middle of a long building program. I didn’t find out until latter that they had stopped for a while and had just begun to work again, I believe this was the exact time for me to join, because it kept me busy from all the distractions of the world. The men would come together each Saturday and work from morning until early evening.
I learned how to hang sheetrock, string electrical wiring and basically how to do many things involving constructing a building. The only thing I didn’t learn was plumbing. To this day, I wish I had watched one of the brother’s, who was a plumber, while he was installing pipe.
Those were fun days and as I look back, I know spending time with these mature men of God, helped me to grow and be stable in my faith. I accepted the Lord late, by most standards, I was 32 years old and finishing college at the time.
We all came together on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings for service. I felt like I was a part of something special. The exterior walls were up on the church building, however the inside was bare. I never missed a scheduled work day. I saw how faithful these men of God were and it inspired me to give my best.
The senior pastor taught me that money indeed does follow ministry. One case in point was, once we finished the building and started having service in our new building, we wanted a weekly radio program. We had just enough money to build the church and the delays were due to lack of funds, so we certainly didn’t have money for a radio program. He and I spoke about it and he encouraged me to go to the local Christian radio station and simply ask the manager to give us a free spot on their station.
As I walked into the radio station, I had no rehearsed pitch, I was simply going by faith, the Pastor and I had agreed and prayed about it. I told the manager I wanted to have a special program where different speakers from different churches would come in each week and preach. Their choirs would sing a couple of songs. He asked how much time would I need? I told him about 15 minutes.
The next words out of the station managers mouth shocked me to this day. He said, I’ll give you an hour. Free!
What will you call it, he asked?
Again, I had no ideas before I entered his office. I said Community Hour. He said, I like that, when can you guys get started?
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