Often, we look to a huge mega-church in one of the metropolitan areas to find the “formula” for growth and success. But God is not limited to such places. In fact, there are great treasures of truth to be found in other places—remote, obscure, rural places—where the great God of the universe is just as apt to do “great and mighty things.” One of the lies that Satan tells pastors is that they cannot accomplish great things in a small area, but that they must move on to some large metropolitan area to fulfill their ministry. The story of Shell Lake Full Gospel Church, which began in 1969 as a Pentecostal congregation of about a dozen people in a town with a population of under 1,000 people and today is touching the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, thoroughly debunks that myth. In 2010, this small-town church gave $500,000 to missions and has become a lighthouse in the region. Read this amazing story here:
By Tom Shanklin
It’s a warm spring Sunday evening in Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Laughing and whooping teenagers are running furiously up and down a steep hill, looking for yet another clue, each one wildly trying to advance onto the next leg of a treasure hunt. No holding back, they are running so fast and hard and the hill was so steep, I am concerned someone might fall and get hurt. And right there…in the mix of all those flaying arms and legs of teens running about…there was the glowing, rudy-complexioned, and athletic 69-year-old Pastor Virgil Amundson…running right along side them.
“Come on, Tom,” Pastor Amundson calls out as we follow the young people on this special outreach of the Shell Lake Full Gospel Church U-turn Youth Ministry. First we had gone to the church, then to a park near the beach, and then on to the wooded area near the edge of town, where we went down the steep path which led to a large flat field that once was the high school’s football field. It was on this vertical slope that this young-at-heart pastor ran with the youth of Shell Lake, Wisconsin. I search the face of this charismatic, disarming pastor and see nothing but pure joy and satisfaction.
You could say Pastor Amundson’s ministry has been a treasure hunt. He has been mining for the gold and precious gems that are to be found in the hearts of those who receive Jesus as their Savior and who follow His will for their lives. And he has unearthed many rare treasures in his nearly 44 years as pastor of the Shell Lake Full Gospel Church.
How would you describe this man? Enthusiastic would be accurate. Encouraging. Energizing. Empowering. Short in stature, but big in God. Alive. Determined. Infused with God. Yes, maybe enthusiastic says it best. “En-theos” (God inside) is the root of that word from the Greek language. Yes, he’s enthused. And it’s contagious.
There’s a lot more to say about the amazing and phenomenal growth of this local church located in a northwestern Wisconsin, the U-turn Youth Group, The Burn (a program for college-age young people), The Compassion Center Addiction Recovery Center, and a missions program that’s touching 37 nations and helping to support over 60 missionaries with a missions budget of a half a million dollars in 2010. But before we explore all that is happening at Shell Lake Full Gospel Church, let’s look at the seeds that were planted years ago that have brought such a great harvest and the roots that have come to support this great tree called Shell Lake Full Gospel Church.
There is much to be gained by listening to the stories of successful ministries and churches. The Scripture says that we are to be “…followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Hebrews 6:12, KJV. The word “followers” in the Greek here means “to imitate.” So when we encounter someone who is seeing the fulfillment of the Word of God in their lives and ministry, we should learn from them and follow their example. It’s biblical. Sometimes we miss it by ignoring the lessons learned through the experience of others and we end up trying to reinvent the proverbial wheel. However, if we glean from the experience of others, we can build upon what they have accomplished and then continue on to new unique vistas that God has for us in our own lives and ministries.
This story began 2,000 years ago when Jesus told His disciples, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” His prophecy has proven to be true, in Shell Lake, and in multiplied thousands of other places around the world. But the particular manifestation of Shell Lake Full Gospel Church can be traced back to a praying woman in a small Wisconsin town named Rice Lake, who had a Word from God while her first child was in her womb that her first of seven children would be a boy and he would be a preacher. That baby in her womb was Virgil. His mother was not aware of it, but Virgil later read in a book of names that his name means “guardian of the flock.”
Raised in the days when the Pentecostals were scorned, persecuted, and shunned, he chafed at the ridicule that came with being a “holy roller” in the conservative Lutheran-Catholic environment of Rice Lake. He came to resent his heritage and began to pursue acceptance, notoriety, fame, and the pleasures of this world.
It wasn’t that he didn’t know God, Virgil had experienced God’s presence and power in a variety of ways. Grasping for breath during an asthma attack at the church softball game when he was 12 years old, his mother shook him and commanded the devil to take his hands off of her son. Although he had suffered with asthma for years, from that day, he never again had an asthma attack. Then there was the prophet who held a meeting in a tent in Rice Lake, who spoke of the calling of God upon the young man’s life, saying, “As I was with Moses, so will I be with you.”
But becoming a preacher was not what Virgil had in mind for his life. Sports held a special attraction to him. He loved being in the spotlight and sharing in the excitement of the game with his teammates. What he lacked in size, he made up with skill and sheer determination, and he became a point guard for the Rice Lake High School Basketball Team. In 1961 his team went 24-0 before losing to Lincoln High School, a large school from Milwaukee by a score of 77-75 in the state final.
During those years, alcohol began to have a major part in his life, and he had a cheerleader sweetheart named Linda who also had his affections. Virgil was running from God, but it was a hopeless case. While he was out at night getting into trouble, his mother was at home praying. Sometimes late at night she would hear a knock on the window. She received this as a warning through an angel of God that Virgil was in trouble. Then she would get up from bed and pray. “Your sin will find you out,” she would tell him. But even during this time of running from God, Virgil continued to attend Calvary Pentecostal Church out of respect for his mother and father, Walter and Rose Amundson.
Virgil planned to join the military. His mother had brought him to the Armed Forces Induction Center in Minneapolis to join the Air Force, but Virgil was rejected because of a skin allergy which strangely and suddenly flared up when he was taking his physical. He thought his mother had left him there and then went home to Rice Lake. However, after being rejected he left the building and saw that his mother was still there, waiting to take him home. Virgil was running from God, but his efforts were fruitless. He had a praying mother and she had inside information on his future.
So, instead of going to Lackland Air Force Base, Virgil ended up living once again in the basement of his parent’s modest two-story home on the south side of Rice Lake. One night he got in trouble with the law for buying alcohol for minors. He came home, embarrassed and depressed. That night his pastor came and visited him. He didn’t condemn him or even say anything about the trouble he had gotten himself into. He just asked, “How are things going, brother Virgil?” Virgil tried to talk, but all that would come was bawling and tears. The pastor then laid his hand on him and quietly prayed.
This was a turning point in Virgil’s life. The significance of this event and his relationship with Pastor C.L. Warner cannot be overstated. The seeds of love and kindness that this man of God sowed into Virgil’s life are still growing and producing multiplied fruit today, as you will see as you continue to read. Pastor Warner was also on a treasure hunt and he recognized some rare gems that needed to be mined in this rebellious young man’s life.
Slowly Virgil’s heart began to turn back to the Lord. When a prophecy was given at church that someone was being called to return to the Lord, Virgil went to the altar and surrendered his life to the Lord. His drinking became less and less, and association with the wrong crowd also declined. One night he went to a bar and told the bar owner, “I won’t be coming back here. You won’t be seeing me here again.” The bar owner said, “What did you do, get religion?” He told her that he had made a decision to become a Christian. She said, “Son, I’ll give you a month. You’ll be back.” But Virgil never did come back and never did return to his old ways.
When Virgil told Linda, who was now his fiancee, about his decision to follow the call of God to be a minister, she threw her engagement ring at him. But Virgil decided to stand his ground and continue to follow God’s will for his life, trusting God to bring his fiancee back to him…and to the Lord.
Somehow Virgil convinced her to visit Calvary Pentecostal Church with him from time to time, but usually Linda would end up getting mad and leaving. But at a meeting with an evangelist from Tennessee there was a prophetic word that someone was resisting the call of God and that if they did not respond within the next 72 hours, the call of God would never be the same in their life. She ended up at the altar that night and surrendered her life to God. A spirit of joy came on her and she laughed uncontrollably for an hour. The following Sunday night she was baptized in water and one week after that she was baptized in the Holy Spirit. Six months later the couple was married. Virgil was 21 and Linda was 19.
Virgil began serving in the church under the mentorship of Pastor Warner. He became the youth pastor and adult Bible teacher. He was assigned to study the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament) and to teach on the tabernacle in the wilderness in adult Sunday School. Later he studied the book of Acts and the Life of Christ. God was preparing him under the watchful eye of his pastor.
Pastor Warner put Virgil to work in various other ways in the church. He also modeled the Christian life and shared nuggets of truth from the Scriptures with Virgil. Sometimes he would call him to go and minister in a crisis situation in the middle of the night. Virgil would dutifully go, and pray for those in need, then come home and get a few hours sleep before getting up to go to work at his job as a salesman for Brown Sales Company.
Pastor Warner became Virgil’s spiritual father, as the Scripture says, “For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers…” 1 Corinthians 4:15, KJV. This father-son relationship became a springboard for all that proceeded in Virgil’s life from that time.
In 1966, a church in Barronett, Wisconsin called Apostolic Faith Tabernacle, which was without a pastor, asked Pastor Warner if his young protégé could come and fill the pulpit. So from that time Virgil and Linda and their three children began to drive the 25 miles to Barronett three times a week for Sunday morning and evening meetings and for midweek prayer for the congregation of 25-30 people. They met in a drafty old building with a coal stove in the basement and no indoor plumbing. The only heat came from a register in the center of the sanctuary. Sometimes it was so cold that the furnace could only kick out enough heat to warm the area near the register. He would have the congregation gather close to him and he would stand on the register and preach.
While at Barronett, Virgil continued to work his secular sales job. While traveling on Highway 63 one day, the Spirit of God came upon him and he began to weep. He pulled over to the side of the road and asked, “What is it Lord?” It was then that the Lord spoke to him, “1969 will be a year of transition.” Virgil did not know what that meant, but he held the promise in his heart with excitement, waiting to see what God had planned for the coming year.
It was during that time he also started a radio ministry on WCSW Radio in the town of Shell Lake, which is located 8 miles north of Barronett on Highway 63. On Saturday nights, Virgil would drive to Shell Lake to deliver the reel-to-reel tape for the following Sunday morning’s radio broadcast. On one particular Saturday night, Pastor Warner was with him. As they drove into town, Pastor Warner said, “Virgil, this would be a good town for you to have a church in.”
“Where would you find a church here?” he asked.
Pastor Warner pointed to a church building and said, “There’s a church. Why don’t you claim that one?” But the building was occupied by the congregation of St. Johns Lutheran church. However, they soon found out that the church was talking about merging with another nearby congregation. Eventually the church decided to sell their building. After negotiations, they purchased the church and the parsonage for $11,000. A donation from a member of the Barronett church who lived in Shell Lake covered part of the cost. The rest was covered by a loan co-signed by Pastor Amundson and other board members. Virgil and Linda moved into the parsonage in Shell Lake and began holding services in August 1969 with about a dozen people. That was the beginning of Shell Lake Full Gospel Church.
The first two years at Shell Lake were difficult for the young couple. The people of the community were cordial, but resistant to change, and showed little interest in the new Pentecostal church in town. Linda battled with loneliness after leaving her lifetime hometown of Rice Lake. Virgil was busy with his secular job and preaching three times a week at the church but there seemed to be little fruit from their efforts.
On a cold winter Thursday night, the young pastor found himself praying alone in the church. It was time for midweek service, but because the temperatures outside were well below zero, no one had showed up for church that night. Virgil began to cry out, “God, if you don’t do something, I’m not going to be here much longer.” As he wept before the Lord, suddenly he saw a vision of the entire building filled to capacity, including the balcony, and a prophetic utterance passed through his lips. “This house shall be filled and the lips of the people will be full of praise.”
From that point things began to change for Pastor Amundson and Shell Lake Full Gospel Church. He was asked to speak at a Memorial Day Service at the city park. A city councilman who had heard the message later came to him for help. The man’s marriage was falling apart and his wife was bound up with alcoholism. Pastor Amundson ministered to him and the man received Christ. When he went home, the man’s wife recognized that God had done something miraculous in her husband’s life and she came and received Jesus as Lord also. The couple began to attend the church along with their five children. Others followed and the work began to grow. God began to do miraculous healings and other manifestations of the Spirit. A praise and worship band developed in the church and on Easter Sunday of 1975, the vision that Pastor Amundson had seen five years before came to pass. The building was packed to the gills and a glorious praise sounded out toward God.
God was moving in a special way during the ‘70s all over the United States. The charismatic movement was stirring people in denominational churches in a fresh new way. Young people were also being touched by the Jesus Movement. Rather than rejecting this new and strange phenomena, Shell Lake Full Gospel Church embraced what God was doing and reached out to the young people with their long hair, unkept looks, and seemingly crude ways of approaching God. Baptisms were a regular occurrence on the shores of Shell Lake. Many young lives were touched and changed in those days, and many of those same young people have gone on to serve the Lord in local churches and on the mission field.
The old Lutheran Church building soon became too small and the church purchased land and constructed a new building seating 250 people on the south edge of town in 1978. The building was later expanded to accommodate 350 people in the sanctuary with a large fellowship hall, offices, and classrooms for the children’s ministry. The elders of the church had felt led to build the addition without a loan. The $400,000 expansion was completed in 1995 debt free. Today the church holds two services on Sunday mornings in that sanctuary.
A highlight of the church building is the children’s ministry center, where painted murals on the walls reflect the life of Christ and many other Bible scenes. Sunday School rooms are redecorated each year to provide a unique and creative environment for teaching the Gospel to the children of the church and community.
Besides the main structure of the church building, the ministry also purchased another building on the highway just north of the church, which serves as the center for the U-turn Youth Ministry, where youth from the church and the community meet for fun, recreation, food and a good dose of Holy Ghost Gospel influence.
The church also owns a large home which once belonged to a doctor in the city of Shell Lake which houses the Compassion Connection, a Christ-centered recovery center for those who struggle with life-controlling issues, where men come for 90 to 180 days to reorientate their lives. The Compassion Center also has weekly meetings for women at the facility.
The staff of the church and all its outreaches consist of people who have been raised up from within the church. The U-turn Ministry and the Compassion Connection are led by men who were raised up at Shell Lake Full Gospel Church and then grew into their ministry through the mentoring process, much like Pastor Amundson came into his ministry through the mentoring of Pastor C.L. Warner many years before. And so the treasure hunt continues.
Pastor Dan Slater is one of those five children I mentioned that began to come to church after their parents found the Lord back in the early days of Shell Lake Full Gospel Church. He married a girl from Shell Lake Full Gospel Church, who became his companion in life and ministry. Besides helping Dan with the youth ministry, Jennifer Slater heads up the drama and music departments of the church. Together they are reaching young people in the Shell Lake area as well as in other locations, and taking teams to the reach the nations.
Dan Slater is also the leader of The Burn, a 10-month program for high school graduates in which they are trained and prepared before taking their place in the workplace or going on to college. It’s designed to help ground them in the Gospel and to help them to face the challenges of engaging the realities of the culture of the modern world. The young people in The Burn don’t only study, but they are released to minister in practical ways in the church, on the mission field, and serving the Lord with other churches and ministries.
Pastor Reg Myers, who now heads up the Compassion Connection Recovery Center, was not raised in a Christian home. Reg had been living in Rockford, Illinois, where he was involved a lifestyle of drugs and alcohol. But in 1987 he moved to Shell Lake where he had relatives who were a part of the Shell Lake Full Gospel Church. There he accepted Christ and married a girl who was raised in the church. He attended church with his wife, but Reg struggled on rare ocassions with alcohol. On one of those occasions, he found himself in an Eau Claire, Wisconsin jail after a confrontation with a police officer. Pastor Amundson went to pick him up at the jail the next day. And like Pastor C.L. Warner who had treated him with love and compassion many years before, Pastor Amundson likewise showed grace to Reg after his failure.
Embarrassed by his actions, Reg decided to do serious business with God. He determined to rise up early each morning before work, go into his basement and pray, asking God to reveal Himself and His power in his life. During that time he was baptized in the Holy Spirit, but even then he continued to seek God daily for more of His power and glory. Day after day, week after week he prayed. His wife would ask him, “Has God done anything yet?” He would say, “No,” but he kept praying, determined to get a breakthrough. Then one morning, as if striking pay dirt, God’s glory and power came upon Reg. He calls it a Shekinah glory experience. Since that day, he says, he has been free and serving God with all his heart. He called Pastor Amundson telling him that he was willing to “do anything” to help out in the ministry of the church.
Reg volunteered as a janitor at the church. He and his wife volunteered to do child care for people attending a Sunday night prayer meeting. He also began a men’s prayer group that meets each Tuesday morning at 6 a.m. He continues that ministry until today, rising up early, making coffee, preparing a scriptural devotion, and leading the men in prayer. After a time, Pastor Amundson recognized that God had greater plans for Reg and brought him on the church staff as associate pastor. He is now the general manager of all the church properties. Since that time he has also completed his bachelor and masters degrees by correspondence and is planning to complete a doctors degree in Biblical Studies. Pastor Reg says that is a blessing to him that in his entire Christian life he has been mentored and groomed under Pastor Amundson’s leadership.
The entire ministry of Shell Lake Full Gospel Church is built on this process of mentoring, character development, and raising up ministry from within. The church staff is made up of people who have been saved or raised up at the church and who have grown supernaturally into their field of ministry under the tutelage of Pastor Amundson. The process which began through Pastor Amundson’s relationship with Pastor C.L. Werner is now multiplying many fold through those lives that he has touched over the years.
Pastor Amundson says, “The miracle is in the house.” Rather that looking outside for gifts and talents to fill a need, he has continually sought to raise up ministry from within the church. Those who are raised in the church, he says, have the DNA of the ministry, and are able to follow through and stay in the flow of ministry that God has established for the work of God at Shell Lake.
Often, when someone comes to him with a need that they see in the church or community, he will appoint that person to begin to meet that need and to fulfill that ministry. His role, as he sees it, is not to do all the work of the ministry, but rather to delegate and release others to do the work. This method seems to be working very well. Now those who have been mentored are becoming mentors of others and are raising up a whole new generation of disciples and leaders. So, instead of adding or perhaps subtracting, now the work of God is multiplying through others.
This biblical picture which is taking place in the local church is God’s pattern which we can see in the life of Abraham. “…I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:” Genesis 12:2, KJV. God has blessed each of us through His Son, Jesus Christ. We then are called to expand that blessing by sharing it with others. God took Abraham out to the night sky and showed him the stars. “And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.” Genesis 15:5, KJV. This vision was not fulfilled in Abraham’s lifetime, but it is still being fulfilled today. This is God’s plan for each of our lives, that His work in us would continue long after we are gone.
God later told Abraham, “And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;” Genesis 26:4, KJV.
This brings us to the final part of the Shell Lake story and in some ways we have saved the best for last. It’s the story of a local church in a small rural community in northern Wisconsin that is blessing the nations of the world. It began in the early days of the church and once again involves an inspiration that came from Pastor Amundson’s mentor, Pastor C.L. Warner. Pastor Warner went to be with the Lord in 1980, but the seeds that he planted continue to grow today.
During the first year of his ministry at Shell Lake, Pastor Amundson put out a challenge to his congregation to raise $1,000 for missions in the following year. There was some resistance to the idea, which seemed like a large amount at the time to the fledgling congregation. But Pastor Amundson told them that if the general budget of the church suffered as a result that they would discontinue the practice after one year. Not only were they able to give the $1,000, but even more was given to missions, and the general budget of the church increased as well. The following year, the challenge was increased to $3,000, and the missions vision of Shell Lake Full Gospel Church began to grow.
The church began to support missionaries to the Philippines, China and other nations of the world. These original missionaries are still on the field today and are supported by the missionary outreach of the church.
Pastor Amundson had seen Pastor Warner hold two yearly missions conferences in the church in Rice Lake. By that example and inspiration, he began holding yearly missions conferences in 1987. Missionaries from around the world began to come, along with pastors and believers from other churches in the area and from different parts of the United States. Today the church is helping to support 60 missionaries in 37 countries of the world. The missions budget has increased many times since those first tender steps in the early days of the church. In 2010 the church was able to give $499,000 to missions. All of that money, of course, did not come from people within the church, but others as they have seen the fruit and integrity of the missions program have chosen to get on board and support Shell Lake Full Gospel Missions.
Pastor Amundson has also personally traveled to many nations preaching the Gospel, encouraging missionaries, and training believers. And Shell Lake Full Gospel Church has also sent many short term missions teams and raised up missionaries who have been supported and sent into the nations of the world.
Pastor Amundson said that the missionary outreach is the high point of his ministry.
“It’s the unity we have around the common purpose of helping and blessing people. Missions is the heartbeat of God,” he said, “and in particular the Great Commission, to take the Gospel to the world.”
The church has discovered that when they get into a tight spot financially, the best thing that they can do is to give to some missions project. Then a spirit of faith and expectancy comes, and the needs of the church are met. Pastor Amundson has also found that when he is leading the church into a specific project, he is led to plant the first seed from his personal finances, thus leading by example.
There have been some along the way that have been offended by the amount of money given to foreign missions through the church, saying that the finances should be kept in the community to meet needs locally, but God has proven Himself quite capable of not only reaching the nations through the church, but also in meeting needs in the local community and the region.
Before Pastor C.L. Warner left the earth he shared with Pastor Amundson a vision he saw of three churches that would be raised up in northwest Wisconsin as off-shoots of the work that he had done in Rice Lake. Pastor Warner drew a map showing the approximate location of each of the churches. One of the three churches is Shell Lake, which Pastor Warner lived to see.
Since Pastor Warner died, the two other Gospel-preaching churches have been established in the region through the help and inspiration of Shell Lake Full Gospel Church. One, Northern Lights Christian Center in Hayward, Wisconsin, was established by Pastor Tim Warner, son of C.L. Warner, who had served for several years under Pastor Amundson as youth pastor at Shell Lake before moving to Hayward. The other church, in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, was established from a core group of people from that town who had been driving the 28 miles each week to attend services in Shell Lake. That church is now flourishing under the leadership of Pastor Ken Mandley and recently finished construction of a fine building on the south edge of Turtle Lake.
“The greatest key to success in ministry,” Pastor Amundson said, “is investing in people. The greatest resource we have is people. Invest in them. Bring them to their greatest productivity. We need to get out of ourselves and invest in others. We can find a way to assist people, to bless people, to encourage people. This is the kind of thing that changes the world. Sowing life, sowing encouragement, sowing hope, these are the things that make a church very strong and very effective and will cause it to continue to grow. The principle of God’s word is whatever you sow you reap. I’m strongly convinced of that.”
Pastor Amundson said that this guiding principle of sowing and reaping came to him through Pastor C.L. Warner, “It came to me when someone sowed into my life and that was my pastor. He sowed wisdom. He sowed the Word. He sowed kindness. He sowed a right spirit, an excellent spirit. From that I believe it was cast upon me. This is the same spirit that we cast upon others. If we are sowers of those kind of things, we will be blessed in our life. Joy will fill our hearts. You can go out of this world saying, ‘I have lived life and I have loved life, because I am blessed to give myself to people.’”
Pastor Amundson also attributes much of what he has accomplished in ministry to his wife, Linda, and the many people who stood with him and worked with him in ministry over the years, as well as the godly heritage given to him by his parents. Walter and Rose Amundson are now 94 and 90 respectively, and live in Rice Lake, where Walter is an elder emeritus in the church where Virgil was raised, which is now called New Life Christian Church.
“I believe that God wants generations to serve him,” Pastor Amundson said. “It’s important for us to see that it isn’t just about us, that it isn’t just about my generation, but there is a legacy that is passed down. As we walk before the Lord and are faithful to the very end, I believe that God is faithful to continue what we have begun to our children and children’s children, even to succeeding generation for hundreds of years. I want every generation after me to follow the Lord. These young people that we have raised up are likewise rising up leaders under their ministry. The DNA continues to work in them to reproduce and to bring forth more leaders.”
“Longevity is a key to seeing your dreams come true,” he continued. “Many pastors leave their churches before they see the fruit of their ministry. I’m one that believes in stickability and longevity. You stick it out whether it’s tough or easy. People see your tenacity, that you know what you are called to do. They see that you know who you are in God and they recognize they too can know who they are in God because they see the example of it in their pastor.”
After nearly 44 years of serving the Lord in the same church, Pastor Virgil Amundson is still running for the Lord. He has discovered that dreams do come true and that there are great treasures to be found by serving, loving, and investing in people. “Tell the ministers you know,” he said, “anybody can do this. You just need to have a love for God, a love for people, and a heart for the lost.”
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