Growing up on a farm near Sundown, Texas, we did not go to Church. One summer, at age 12, I went to a Baptist camp for boys. At the registration time, all the other boys said they were Christians, so I said that I was too. After camp, the pastor asked if I wanted to be baptized, and I said yes. I didn’t even know what it meant to be a Christian, no one counseled me. It was a couple of years later that I realized that I had never been saved.
At the age of 15 my dad would not let me drive. After a lot of discussion, he agreed that I could use the pick-up to go to Church. So I began going to Church several times a week. Within a few weeks I knew I had never been saved, but didn’t want to admit it to anyone. I just worked that much harder, doing lot’s of things at church, but inside I knew I was lost. At age 16, I got the courage to go forward at Church, and the pastor helped me receive Christ as my Savior.
Three months after becoming a Christian, God called me into full time Christian service, and then at age 18 he called me to be a missionary to Brazil. Both times He spoke to me; His voice was perfectly clear and there was no doubt as to who was speaking and to what He was saying. God confirmed the call through specific events, and my wife and I served 34 years as missionaries to Brazil with the International Missin Board. Today I am retired and serve as senior adult minister of the First Baptist Church of Borger, Texas.
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