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people who heard him knew he had to be real. People sensed that he believed all that he was saying and that his mes- sage was true. He was transparent. On occasion, he would weep in the pulpit. One minister commented, “Such a power and presence of God with a preacher I never saw before.” Another said, “Every eye fixed upon him and every ear chained to his lips.” George Whitefield was amazed when so many of his converts became Baptists. HE MADE THE COM- MENT: “My chickens are turning into DUCKS.” An event happened in the 1745 meeting in Windsor, Connecticut, that would change America. Two men, Shubal Stearns and Daniel Marshall, were present in that meeting. Daniel Marshall was 38 years of age when he heard George Whitefield preach in that meeting. The two men came out of that meeting changed and set out to change others. On November 22, 1755, Stearns and his family and a small group, along with Daniel Mar- shall and his family, moved further south to Sandy Creek in  Guilford County, North Caroli- na. As soon as they had settled, they construct- ed a small meetinghouse and orga- nized their 16 members into a church. Shubal Stearns was elected as pastor. aniel Marshall would serve as his assistant. People from the region made their way to Sandy Creek. Some came from as far as forty miles away. The great preacher delivered soul-stirring messages. Lives D Philadelphia, Pennsylvania were touched and in two years there were 600 members at Sandy Creek. Shubal Stearns had a gift of lead- ership and organization. He inspired others. Morgan Edwards described his voice as being strong with the effect of bringing tears to the eyes of his con- gregation. The preacher was untiring. He would travel great distances preaching and organizing churches. There was hardly a place in North Carolina where Shubal Stearns did not preach. There were over 900 baptized in the first three years in the Sandy Creek congre- gation alone. From the Sandy Creek Baptist Church hundreds of churches were pi- oneered. The new church- es followed the example of Sandy Creek with soul winning and church plant- ing. Those churches bap- tized thousands of con- verts making the southern states the Bible Belt of the nation. Daniel Marshall also organized new Baptist churches throughout the region. One of those churches was located on Kio- kee Creek in the Georgia wilderness about thirteen miles west of Augusta. During one service the sheriff from Augusta came to arrest him for illegal preaching. Looking up, he recognized the officer of the law as Constable Samuel Cartledge. The constable in- formed him that he would have to ap- pear in court on the following Mon- day. A few feet away, his wife, Martha Marshall, stood to her feet and de- nounced the arrest. Quoting Scripture to sustain her position, she spoke with such utter conviction that the constable himself was convicted. The words of Martha Marshall eventually led to his conversion. In 1777 Constable Samuel Cartledge was baptized by the very man he had arrested and had led to court on the following Monday. The constable who arrested the preacher at Kiokee for preaching became a preacher himself and preached for more than a half century. continued on page 10 NATIONS • 7