By Sam Conner –
The Winslow Ministerial Association presented Freddie Campbell with its Good Samaritan Award at a community worship service held Jan. 20 at the Faith Temple of God in Christ Church. The service was well attended by a large group of enthusiastic members of most, if not all, of the churches in the community.
Pastor David Mace introduced Campbell and said that he has a miraculous testimony of how God redeemed him from his sins. Prior to his conversion, Campbell was plagued with addiction to drugs and alcohol, and was no stranger to many of the sins associated with those addictions. For the past three years, though, he has provided a ministry called “The Most Excellent Way” every Thursday night. He leads a Bible study and provides a group support system for people dealing with addiction problems. He said that because of his own involvement with those problems, he is able to understand and help others who have similar problems.
Campbell and his wife Linda share their testimonies and lead support groups regularly at the Bread of Life Mission in Holbrook and in chapel services at a private Christian school in Holbrook. He is a person who offers his physical help to people in need in the community, and has performed major needed repairs and even done fundraising for needed repair projects.
He treats everyone with respect, dignity and friendship. He provides work for people, and helps in finding and providing opportunities for individuals to perform community service requirements.
Campbell and his wife see their home as a gift from God, and open it freely and frequently to bless others in need. He makes himself available constantly to be of service to those needing help. He shares his unique and powerful testimony at every opportunity.
A wide variety of ministers and other active Christian church persons were involved in the program. Pastor Fred Harris led the opening prayer and took part in other activities on the program. Kathy McVady led the singing and also handled other parts of the service. Pastor David Setalla presented the closing prayer. Pastor Steve Garnett was also among the pastors in attendance on the stage and greeting the congregation.
Pastor Roy Hadnot gave the major sermon address on “Community Unity,” noting that while no two Christians are alike, they should be one in purpose and work to obey the commands of the Gospel.
An uplifting and enjoyable musical special was performed by Brenda and Mary Alice Hays, two of the most musically talented people in Winslow or that one is likely to find anywhere. Their selection was well received and appreciated by the audience.
A collection was taken to help with one of the major goals of the Ministerial Association, which is to assist travelers with needs who come through the community.