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November 26, 2000: A/G church looks to second half-century with founding pastor
November 19, 2000: Quest for souls occupies Christians during Olympics
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October 22, 2000: Art academy connects students with Creator
October 15, 2000: Columbine survivors share testimonies, hundreds respond
September 24, 2000: Independent congregation receives help from Lousiana A/G church
September 17, 2000: California ministry team breaking strongholds
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August 20, 2000: Baptist church gives A/G congregation its facility
August 13, 2000: Climbers conquer Kilimanjaro, help A/G
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 Easters 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.
"God gave me a mandate to do this," says Easter. "He said preach the gospel on the highways and byways and thats what we plan to do."
Already, the Easters and the driver of their recreational vehicle, in which they lodge, have prayed at Alabama and Ohios 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 friends 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. "Im believing God for revival in America and that peoples hearts will be stirred. If we will pray and humble ourselves, God will heal our land."
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