Reverend Kent has been the pastor at
First Christian Church for the last 21
years. He also has a radio program called
“Direct Line” on Wednesday evenings from 5
-7 on WSOY. Before coming to Decatur he and
Leslie served a church in Oklahoma for 8-9
years. Before that they were traveling
In late 1979 Wayne was playing with a
Christian rock band that was touring Europe
and the band played in a prison. The
prisoners were Nazis that held minor
positions during World War II and had been
sentenced to life in prison. It was not a
happy experience for him and he never did
another one for a good many years. It was
around this time that he met and married
Leslie. They moved to Decatur in 1994.
Leslie got a call from a member of Prison
Fellowship wanting her to sing with the
group when they visited prisons. Prison
Fellowship was founded by Chuck Colson who
had been imprisoned for his part in the
Watergate scandal. When he was released he
founded the organization to help prisoners
worldwide. Since then Leslie has sung in
prisons all over the United States.
then finished the presentation with a
mixture of personal testimonies, humor, and
song. God has truly
called her for this work. She is a dynamic
speaker with a golden voice.
Leslie tells us that there are 2.3 million
people in prisons today. 95% will be
released. 65% will reoffend. The United
States has less than 5% of the people in the
world, but 25% of the prisoners. She told us
of her personal vision when she realized
prisoners were people.
She talked of rehabilitation and
transformation. Many, many prisoners are
transformed when they come to know the Lord.
She told of her experience singing with
prisoners on death row.
She closed with a song that began, “How can
I say thanks……”
has a big “Heads Up” for us. He will be the
speaker at our meeting February 11. His topic
will be the Honor Flight programs the takes
veterans for a one-day visit to Washington D.C.
Virg will tell us about his trip and encourages
us to find veterans that you can invite that
speaking for his cruising brother Steve said,
“Remind them that Books for Kids signup sheets
will be out next week and how much fun it is to
read to these kids”.
gave us a heads up for a volunteer opportunity.
February 20 and 21 we will be helping the
Project Linus ladies make blankets for small
children. It involves setting up and tearing
down the sewing room.
said that dues are due this month.
read a thank you letter from Rene Stivers the
lady in charge of the recent Eighth Grade Career
Just a reminder to tell you
that the volunteer hours report sheets are on
the tables. Next week Steve Rayhill will be back
and have the signup sheets for the “Books for
Kids Project. Other opportunities to volunteer
coming up are Project Linus, Adopt a Street,
Golf Outing, and Kiwanis OneDay.