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December 31, 2000: California church trailblazer for city's revitalization

December 24, 2000: New Jersey township retracts impediment to A/G congregation

December 10, 2000: Christmas stocking project brings hope, gifts to needy kids

November 26, 2000: A/G church looks to second half-century with founding pastor

November 19, 2000: Quest for souls occupies Christians during Olympics

November 12, 2000: Three ministers reaching their world

October 29, 2000: A/G Minister to ride to each state capitol, pray for nation

October 22, 2000: Art academy connects students with Creator

October 15, 2000: Columbine survivors share testimonies, hundreds respond

October 8, 2000: Graham conducts final evangelism conference

September 24, 2000: Independent congregation receives help from Lousiana A/G church

September 17, 2000: California ministry team breaking strongholds

August 27, 2000: Bold outreach touches hurting in Allentown

August 20, 2000: Baptist church gives A/G congregation its facility

August 13, 2000: Climbers conquer Kilimanjaro, help A/G

July 30, 2000: Chicago church, city partner to improve lives of women, children

July 9, 2000: New Mexico fires damage A/G families’ homes

June 25, 2000: God moves in Mississippi high school assembly

June 18, 2000: California skate park becomes 'teen church'

June 11, 2000: Convoy and partners team up to reach poor

May 28, 2000: Tornado damages A/G church in Texas

May 21, 2000: National Prayer Center ministry expands reach

May 14, 2000: Adventure, ministry on Pathfinder missions

April 30, 2000: Church reaching deaf students in Louisiana

April 23, 2000: 40-day fasts unite, renew A/G churches

April 9, 2000: Colorado church booms with bilingual services

March 26, 2000: Cell groups strengthen California youth group

March 19, 2000: Michigan church bounces back from brink of closing

March 12, 2000: A/G man holds world arm-wrestling title

February 27, 2000: A/G minister helps others get their wings

February 20, 2000: Former editor with Christ

 

A/G minister to ride to each state capitol, pray for nation

Riveted to his bicycle 50 miles per day as he rides from state capitol to capitol is Bill Easter’s way of obeying God. In June, the A/G minister and his 17-year-old son, Joshua, embarked on a journey that will take them at least five years and more than 7,500 miles of bike riding to complete. Their mission: to pray at every state capitol building.

Bill Easter (left) and volunteer driver Keith Caprara hold the cross on the steps of the capitol in Columbus, Ohio.

"God gave me a mandate to do this," says Easter. "He said preach the gospel on the highways and byways and that’s what we plan to do."

Already, the Easters and the driver of their recreational vehicle, in which they lodge, have prayed at Alabama and Ohio’s capitols. At each capitol, Easter says, he drags a seven-foot wooden cross up the steps then prays quietly beneath the cross.

Easter had not originally planned on bringing a cross; but after taking a friend’s challenge to stand near three roadside crosses and pray for the passing motorists, Easter decided the trip would not be complete sans the cross.

"As I watched the people drive by, I could see the conviction in their eyes," he says. "I knew then we had to have a cross with us."

In Montgomery, while he was praying, busloads of teen-age girls, who were participating in Girls State, a state leadership program, inquired about the cross and what he was doing. After he told them, more than 200 teen girls formed a circle and joined him in prayer.

"They prayed with us for our government, schools, nation and for revival," says Easter.

Since the trip began, Easter estimates that 30 people have made commitments to follow Christ as their Savior as a result of the unique ministry. Speaking engagements help finance the trip. Easter says he has taken several breaks from riding, including a six-week stop, to conduct revival services.

"Bill is a humble man of prayer, yet he speaks a very powerful message," says Wayne Coleman, who supports Easter through prayer.

When the trip is completed in 2005, Easter hopes to have prayed at every state capitol and driven stakes in Maine, California, Florida and Washington, in a symbolic act of covering the United States that he hopes will bring revival.

"We have divine appointments every day," Easter says. "I’m believing God for revival in America and that people’s hearts will be stirred. If we will pray and humble ourselves, God will heal our land."

— Kirk Noonan

 

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