Don and Carol Keller
Don & Carol Keller pictured with AGM Founder Dr. James Gardner at the AGM Conference in 2005.
From: Niles, Michigan
HomeChurch: Emmanuel Baptist Bible Church, Niles, Michigan
AGM Start year: 2005 (part time) 2006 (full time)
Proverbs 3: 5,6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Don was the product of a broken home from 6 years of age. As a teenager, he started running with the wrong crowd, and ended up in trouble, spending a month in jail. One evening, two young men, who were studying for the ministry, visited him, and shared the Gospel with him through the bars of his cell. With tears in his eyes, he confessed to God that he was a sinner, and asked Jesus to become his Savior.
Years later, a company pilot, who was a Christian, talked to Don about the Lord for about two hours on a business trip. The pilot and his wife then invited us over to their house for a weekly Bible study, and soon had us attending church with them on a regular basis (weíve never broken that habit).
Carol, years before that, as a teenager, had thought she was a Christian because of an experience she had at a Christian camp she attended. However, one Sunday morning, she became convicted of her need to trust Christ as her savior, and went forward during the invitation and asked Jesus to be her Savior.
As the years passed, we raised four children, three of which now live in Florida, and the other in Michigan. We have five grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Don attended Hyles Anderson College, preached Church Services, taught Sunday School classes, has been active in nursing home, jail, and bus ministries, and spent several years as a Christian School Administrator. Carol has taught Sunday School classes, worked in church Nurseries, and has been active in various mission groups. Carol is a Phlebotomist at a hospital in Berrien Center, MI, and Don is the Quality Manager of a company in Benton Harbor, MI.
In the past few years, Dr. Gardner preached in our church twice. Carol and Don both felt drawn to the work of AGM as he spoke of souls being reached for Christ at the fairs, and other events. In 2003, while returning from a trip to visit our kids in Florida, we visited the AGM tent at the fair in Tallahassee, Florida. We wanted to see the ministry in action that Dr. Gardner spoke about. While we were there we helped a short while with the folks who were stopping at the tent, since there was only one AGM missionary on duty. We talked to people about the Lord, and then took them back to the table in the tent, and the AGM missionary explained the Gospel and lead them to trust in the Lord. That was exciting!
We were struck with the way the people were so open to the Gospel. They were coming to us, as we stood in the tent opening, and were not resentful about being approached by someone, because it was they who were approaching us. They would listen to us talk to them about their need of the Savior, and so many would then trust Christ as their Savior! That seemed to confirm what we had been thinking, and soon we both agreed that we would be AGM missionaries when we retired.
In January 2005, we attended the AGM Conference in Seffner, Florida, and felt privileged being able to rub shoulders with Godís servants, the AGM missionaries, and were absolutely blessed hearing the great messages! We met with the AGM Board, and were accepted as AGM missionaries, along with 19 other new missionaries.
We are going to help other missionaries with two fairs in 2005, by taking vacation time from our jobs. We plan to retire when we are 65 and 6 months old, at the end of January 2006, and go on the road full time, living mainly from our social security checks, plus any support the Lord sees fit to provide for fuel, repairs, etc. We are praying, asking Godís help to sell our house, sell our two cars, dispose of part of Donís library of books, and basement full of tools, etc., get rid of part of our furniture, and store the rest, purchase an RV and a towable car, and the list goes onÖÖ Please pray for us, as we work this year to prepare for serving the Lord full time. Itís a whole new experience for us, but we go forward, fully trusting the Lord to provide for us, and help us work out all the many obstacles before us.
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