“It’s a beautiful little church,” Stock said. “It sits right at the mouth of this canyon that goes up into these big, tall, huge mountains that probably go up, 10 to 12,000 feet, something like that. This little pond and this little wood church just touched my heart; the people touched my heart.”
Pastors also see the fruit of their Gospel work.
Vaughn tells of Big Jim, an equipment operator and martial arts expert who lost his job and stayed at the church’s RV park two years at no cost. It was months into the stay before Big Jim accepted Vaughn’s invitation to church, and months longer before he would remain for the entire service.
“One Sunday he showed up for Sunday School. He stayed halfway through and then he got up and walked out. Didn’t say a thing.”
Months later Big Jim, 6 feet six inches tall and 400 pounds, accepted Christ.
“I baptized him the next week.”
That was five years ago.
“He calls me pretty much every day just to pray,” Vaughn said. “He’s since moved to North Dakota. What a transformation. His story is one that tells us to never give up.”
This article originally appeared on BaptistPress.com.