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July 11

The People of Praise Responds to Recent Press

Over the past few weeks the People of Praise has received a great deal of attention in the press. Here, we aim to correct the record and provide clarity on a few important points.

Seen and Heard in Evansville

By Chris Meehan

“So what do you have to do to join this thing? How do you get in?,” asked Devon Wallace. He had just spent the afternoon knocking on doors alongside Evansville missionary Rus Lyons.

“Well, we’re part of an ecumenical, charismatic, covenant Christian community,” Rus began.

“I don’t know what any of those words mean,” Devon said, “but I’m in!”

Earlier that day, Rus was getting ready to hop into the missionaries’ minivan and head to Rockport, Indiana, a nearby town where a few other missionaries were already knocking on doors. Then he remembered Devon, a 31-year-old Christian who had been coming to the men’s group meetings the missionaries host. Rus called him and asked if he’d like to tag along for the day’s mission work. “I’m leaving in five minutes,” Rus said.

Devon agreed, and a few minutes into the 35-minute drive burst into spontaneous prayer. “Thank you, Lord, for sending this man of God to pick me up so we can go do your will. This is awesome!”

“Someday Devon may come underway,” Rus remarked later. “But for now, I’d have to say I agree with him. He’s one of us. He really loves God and he loves us and what we’re doing. We're including him in our plans for the future in Evansville.”

Devon has already joined the missionaries for a second afternoon of knocking on doors.

Responses

  1. Jim Bulger says:

    "Awesome" is right!
    Glory to God!

  2. Mark Timler says:

    To have the type of Christianity where a man would want to drop what he is doing and follow along, this is encouraging.

  3. tom caneff says:

    Glory be to God! Thanks, missionaries, for being SO available.

    God bless you all.

  4. Pam Peterson says:

    I was such a shy Christian as a young person/young adult that stories about people like Devon always amaze me. Thank the Lord that His Spirit is pouring forth in power and people are responding so openly and eagerly! Praise God for all you are doing in missions! Our prayers are with you.

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