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ing and distributing literature. He made   to use his life for the Lord in a similar
        a school bus into a “Bible Bus” that was   way. His personality, gift and location
        known on the Great Northern Peninsula,   were all suited by the Lord of the harvest
        the southwest coast and the south coast   for the place where Carl did most of his
        of the province, as well as the central part   laboring. Enthusiasm and hard labor go
        of Newfoundland. He, and those who    together in the work of the Lord. Our
        helped him, visited house to house with   beloved brother, Carl Payne, had both.
        tracts, texts and Bibles. The bus was like   No one can take anyone else’s place, but
        a small bookstore to which people came   there is plenty of room in the harvest field
        to get good scriptural gospel literature at
        no cost.                              for those who are willing to work for the
                                              Lord. One wrote, “Work for the Lord! The
          Everyone in his hometown knew and   pay isn’t much, but the retirement plan is
        respected Carl and his wife, even though   out of this world!” Carl Payne has moved
        they didn’t all want the gospel. They knew
        him before he was saved and after. Every   on to a whole new area of life and service.
        year he visited all the homes there at least   The multiplying principle is a practice
        once. In villages where there was an inter-  that assures the maintenance of the work
        est shown in the gospel, he returned over   of God. One person teaching others the
        and over to visit and present the gospel.   things that have been passed on to him,
        Sometimes he met with families in their   and others teaching those same things to
        homes, and in some places, he had tent   others, enables the work of God to expand
        meetings and meetings in buildings. He   and reach the world. Hardship for the
        kept at the outreach work of the gospel   sake of our Lord has been the experience
        all his life.                         of believers from the early Church until
          Carl’s wife, Annie, died at a compara-  now. Courage, commitment and devotion
        tively young age. A few years later he   to duty instead of pleasure-seeking char-
        married Gertrude, who also was with him   acterize those who rise to the challenge of
        in the work he did for the Lord until age   divine service. Like soldiers, we have to
        and sickness caught up with them. He had   give up worldly security and endure se-
        been dealing with cancer and heart trouble   vere discipline by being willing to sacrifice
        for quite a few years, but his heart was   to achieve the result we want – victory for
        still committed to outreach in new places   the King.
        with the gospel. So, when they could no
        longer use the bus, they packaged gospel   “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a
        literature and sent it through the mail.  good soldier of Jesus Christ .... And if a
          When he could hardly communicate on   man also strive for masteries, yet is he not
        his dying bed in the hospital, he wanted   crowned, except he strive lawfully. The
        to be sure that any bills that needed to   husbandman that laboureth must be first
        be paid had a gospel tract in with the   partaker of the fruits …. Study to shew
        payment.                              thyself approved unto God, a workman
          A vision for the souls of people comes   that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly
        from the Lord. When Carl Payne realized   dividing the word of truth …. And the
        others had a vision for the ripe harvest   servant of the Lord must not strive …”
        fields and came to his village, he wanted   (2Ti 2:3,5,6,15,24 KJV).

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