New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
Preacher spends 32 years on road
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - If the Bible-toting man in the black suit and tie has lived as faithfully as he’s boarded buses for the past 32 years, he should be about halfway to heaven by now.
Every Sunday and Wednesday, the Rev. lawrence Dade, 60, rides a bus about 160 miles from Little Rock to Fort Smith, where he preaches at the First Church of God in Christ. He returns by bus, for a total of 640 miles a week.
Dade didn’t move to Fort Smith in 1950, because "This was home for me” and because he taught school in the Little Rock area then.
He said in a recent interview that his trips have totaled 983,040 miles. "That’s figuring on an average because sometimes I made as many as six to eight trips in one week because of special events and revivals,” he said.
His bus trips have meant:
—Meeting a young singer named Elvis Presley who bragged about picking the guitar at church. He couldn’t have been more than 20 at the time, Dade said.
—Persuading a man not to kill his wife and himself. "He told me ... what he was going to do. He got his bag and showed me his gun and ... his suicide note, and I talked with this
gentleman... He accepted Christ as his personal savior” and delayed his trip home. The couple later reunited, Dade said.
—As a young black preacher, having to sit in the back of the bus. "Invariably, the tail end of the bus was in the worst condition,” he recalled.
—Spending a few nights around campfires as a broken- down bus sat on the roadside. "In the early years, we didn’t have good buses like we have now,” Dade said. When a bus tore up, the driver would run the heater until the fuel ran out. "Then we’d go on the side of the road and get the wood and make a fire, and it would hold us until daylight and
somebody could get to us.”
—Making 25 to 30 stops on a five-hour drive to Fort Smith and leaving at 2:30 a.m.tsome Sundays. He takes a three-hour trip on an express bus when he can.
—Exchanging Christmas cards and gifts with bus drivers. "Most of the oldtimers all know me.”
Occasionally, he has taken a plane to get to a wedding or a funeral on time. "And sometimes I traveled by car.” But he doesn’t like driving; and airlines no longer offer cheaper clergy rates, so he usually rides a bus.
Trailways, in recognition of Dade’s longtime use of its buses, presented him with a free ticket to San Francisco, the site of the Pentecostal church’s July convention.
Dade said a roundtrip ticket cost him about $6 in 1950. Now, it costs about $22. He didn’t want to tell his salary. Until about two years ago, it depended on the members’ ability to pay. It’s ranged from $60 to $200 for a two-week period, he said.
Like the apostle Paul, Dade has stayed on the road throughout his career. But he doesn’t brag. "I try to be as simple and humble as possible,” he said.
There’s an answer
Woman told to imagine life with purpose, love
By NORMAN VINCENT PEALE and RUTH STAFFORD PEALE
Q. My husband died 14 years ago at age 49. He had an inoperable brain tumor, so it was a very traumatic situation. Despite the face that I have three wonderful sons, my life is a shambles. As long as I was able to work, life was busy and bearable, but a ruptured appendix operation finished that period of my life. Since then life has been drifting on with no meaning. I’m upset and angry with myself but seem to be powerless to change. Perhaps you have suggestions that would set me back on the right path?
A. Common sense dictates that you do what every normal human being must do, which is to take life just as it is and assume charge of it. Don’t let yourself be pushed around by past events. Take the now situation and do what you can with it.
Take charge of your thoughts. "Image” yourself no longer drifting but living life with purpose, enthusiasm and love for others. And start living as if that were true, and it will be.
We have a booklet that has helped others with problems such as yours. It is entitled "The Power to Change Your Life,” and a copy of it is on its way to you. Anyone wishing a free copy may write to us at Box 590, Pawling, N.Y. 12564.
Too much TV
Q. My wife spends too much time watching television with our three children instead of finding creative educational things for them to do, at least part of each day. This worries as well as irritates me. Does it indicate that she is not really equipped to rear children? How can I help her, adn what can I do?
A. It appears that television has become the baby-sitter and chief source of recreation in many homes. Perhaps your wife is taking this easy way of keeping the children — and herself — occupied. The end result could be mental and physical
laziness for her and the children.
How can you help? Well, you might start by setting a good example. Invent some "fun” things for the whole family to do on your days off. Help each one develop a hobby. Together with your wife make a list of assigned chores for the children.
And see to it they are accomplished. You and your family will be happier when everyone has constructive things — including chores — to do.
Q. I have never sought help, but I have decided it was time I did. I am 17 and I have a one-month-old baby. The father of my child is 18, but is away in prison. Ever since we met two years ago he has constantly been into trouble. He was sent to Correctional School for boys, but he was out eight months later and got into trouble again. The last straw was when he was sentenced to five years in prison.
My relationship with him is a series of waiting for him to be released. Every time he promises not to get into any more trouble. I do love him, but I’m afraid if I marry him I'll wait half of my life to be with him. Do you have any advice?
A. I believe you would be well advised to break off this relationship. It is not only immoral but unwise. You have had nothing but trouble and unhappiness thus far which seems to indicate you can only expect more of the same in the future. Even if this young man marries you it is unlikely that his conduct will improve.
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Continental Singers spend summer traveling
By GEORGE W CORNELL AP Religion Writer
From place to place, the bands of hearty youngsters go, singing all the way. By bus or plane, across the United States and around the world, they keep on the move, making music to their Lord.
There are about 550 of them roving America and abroad this summer —
16 groups of youthful, high-spirited singers and instrumentalists — throbbing out their contemporary religious tunes in zestful beat.
"It’s a music ministry, letting people know about Jesus Christ and the happiness he brings to our lives — the change, joy and beauty,” says Alan Kraft, 19, of Wichita, Ran. "We show it in our music and in being Christians.”
He’s a banjo-playing tenor in one touring group of about 40 youths. After zigzagging their way from town to town across the country since mid-
June, they left last week for England, Holland and West Germany. Several were interviewed on a New York stop.
"Ifs a real growing experience,” said Kathy Jewett, 20, of Wheat Ridge, Colo. "It has brought me into a closer relationship with God. I’ve learned a lot more trust in him and faith in the answering of prayer.”
The summertime musical evangelists are the “Continental Singers,” aggregations recruited annually in auditions among high school and college youths around the country. After IO days rehearsal at a San Bernardino, Calif., camp, they’re dispersed in units for 24 months of daily on-the-go-concerts.
"We come from all different types of churches, but we have a common bond, Jesus Christ,” said David Franks, 19, of Amarillo, Texas, a drummer with the group.
Steve Dillard, 21, of Rosston, Ark., said the experience "broadens our
whole outlook. We meet all sorts of people and see how God works in their lives.”
Each of the participants provides about half the costs of their tours through savings, their parents, home congregations or other sponsors, ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 each, depending on the itinerary.
The other half comes through concert contributions and records. It’s the 15th year of the project, founded in 1967 by composer-arranger Cam Floria of Thousand Oaks, Calif., as a non-profit subsidiary of his gospel music enterprise, Continental Ministries.
In the course of their IO weeks of concerts — every day and two on Sundays — the groups give 75 to 80 performances each, a total of about 1,200 of them, at churches, schools, hospitals, military bases, civic groups and other audiences inviting them, indoors and out.Briefly★ America
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arsenal of weapons and armaments, but the soldiers had no will to fight, because they didn’t think what they had was worth fighting for.
And the fifth reason ws the decline of religion. Faith was fading, and with that was an individual sense of worth and responsibility.
Now isn’t that interesting? I think I know exactly what most of you are thinking. "That applies directly to us today!” We too, have allowed Godless pressures to break down our families, and our moral fiber. We have many of the same symptoms that Rome had centuries ago. The ungodly have set a pattern to call the shots in this country. We are at a turning point in this country, but we are not doomed. For God’s PROMISE IS STILL THE SAME.
"lf you will seek my ways, I will forgive you, I will heal you and your nation, and I will bless you.” This is as true in 1982 as it was thousands of years ago. God can provide healing in our nation, but it will begin with your family and mine. We need dedicated faithful people to speak out — who
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believe in honesty, excellence, and have a dedication to serve God and community.
Many years ago a man named Tocadill came to America looking for its greatness. He went to America’s fields and forests. He went to our congress and our courts. He went to our factories and our mines. Finally he went into our churches. His comment was, “When I went into the churches of America and saw all those dedicated people, and saw the law preached in all its severity, and the Gospel in all its purity, then I knew where America’s greatness lay.”
America is great because it is good. If it ceases to be good, it will cease to be great. Here is God’s formula for us today. "If my people will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, I will forgive their sins, and heal their country.” That is God’s promise. And we can then truly say, God has blessed America.Bible conference set
Church in the Valley will have a Bible Conference with Dr. Joe Temple July 16,17 and 18.
On Friday and Saturday the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.. The Sunday meeting will start at 10 a.m.
All interested persons are invited to attend the conference at the church located off Highway 306 in the shadow of Canyon Dam at Canyon I-ake.
Temple, born in Pittsburg, Pa., has been involved in Christian work since 1935. He is a graduate of Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., with a bachelors of arts degree in religion. He has done special work at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. In 1964, an honorary doctor of divinity degree was conferred on him by the board of trustess of Bob Jones University.
Since 1939, he has directed the "Lest We Forget Radio Ministry” daily and also conducts a weekly television program "The Living Bible Hour.”
In 1943, Temple founded the Victory Service Center in Abilene. The center is now known as the Abilene Bible Church w hich is denominationally unrelated.School chooses teachers
Teachers for the 1982-83 year at Bulverde Baptist Church School have been selected.
Rev. James Brazzil, pastor of Bulverde Baptist Church, announced the appointment of Mrs. Betty Right, kindergarten 4 and 5 and administrator; Mrs. Nettie Day, first through third grades; and Mrs. Jimmie Hitzfelder, fourth through sixth grades.
These teachers will be attending a A Beka seminar for teachers at Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Fla., Aug 2 through 6.
Curriculum for each class has been ordered and Mrs. Right is in the process of ordering textbooks for the students, said Brazzil.
Additional student applications need to be returned as soon as possible in order to insure a place in the school and arrival of textbooks in time for the Aug. 23 opening date.
Parent-student interviews are now being conducted by the new administrator and teachers. "Other parents interested in a school where their children are taught to love God and country, respect parents and authority, and are given a very high-quality academic education are encouraged to enroll them now as there is very little time left until school begins,” the pastor said.
Information regarding applications for the school is available by calling Mrs. Right at 8854554 or Mrs. Myrna Ray Kulm at 438-2310.Coalition formed"
WASHINGTON (AP) - "Don’t let the fire of equality be snuffed out: Continue the struggle for equal rights for women.”
That’s the theme of messages to President Reagan and others being promoted by a new interfaith coalition to keep pushing for equal rights for women after the Equal Rights Amendment failed to gain ratification by the June 30 deadline.
The coalition of Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish women’s groups, called Religious Network for Equality for
Women or RENEW, was formed to replace the Religious Committee for ERA.
"The change of name indicates a simple change in agenda, not intent,” says Ixiuis Bowman, a Church of the Brethren staff member who chairs the new coalition. "We come back to this long fight to end sex discrimination with renewed energy and resources and new strategies.”
In Chicago, Sister Marjorie Tuite, president of the National Assembly of Women Religious and an executive of the Catholic-Protestant Church Women United, says "our voices will be clearer and louder.”
In New York, Claire Randall, general secretary of the interdenominational National Council of Churches called failure to enact the ERA a slap at the American Declaration of Independence and the "Judeo-Christian traditions and teachings that underlie it.”
She said "fears of a minority of our citizens have tarnished our national proclamation that freedom and equality are the right of all people because we are made in God’s image.”Fund drive started
NEW YORK (AP) - A Roman Catholic-Protestant-Jewish drive, "Americares for lebanon,” was launched last week to raise $2 million in medicines and vaccines for civilians caught in the battling in lebanon.Membership drops
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Continuing a 14-year decline, membership in the United Methodist Church dropped 66,040 in 1981 to a total of 9,453,367, new statistics show.
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