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C edar Creek Baptist Church was a rural church located on the perim- eter of Louisville, Kentucky. The pas- tor was described as a forceful and an old fashioned preacher. He spoke plain- ly and with deep conviction. The old building vibrated with vigorous sing- ing. The country church was packed almost every service. God was doing something in the country. Perhaps Daisy Hawes never imagined that by touching a young life, she would touch the world . . . or perhaps she DID. Daisy was absolutely serious about God and the need of others to be saved. Her class consisted of 12 to 15 boys. One of those boys was a young man by the name of Claude Martin. Claude in- vited his friend Lee to go with him to Sunday school. Lee did not stay for the morning service and asked Claude to take him home. However, he agreed to go back the next Sunday with Claude. James Wigton recounts in his work on the life of Lee Roberson: The boys sat on folding chairs. On Lee’s first Sunday in the class, Mrs. Hawes opened her Bible and asked the boys, “Before I teach the lesson for today, I would like to ask, ‘How many of you boys are saved?’ Most hands went up. Mrs. Hawes then explained the personal need of salvation, mak- ing clear the need to personally accept Christ into one’s heart as Savior. The second week Mrs. Hawes followed the same pro- cedure. Again, many of the boys raised their hands to acknowl- edge that they were saved, but Lee could not do so. Again, she presented the gospel. 1 Young Lee Roberson left Sunday school that morning convinced that he was lost and condemned. On Wednes- day of the next week, he knelt beside 1 his bed at home and asked Jesus Christ to be his Savior. He rose from the spot redeemed. From that moment, Lee said that there had never been a single doubt of his salvation. Wigton in his work describes the events of the next Sunday. The next Sunday Claude showed up with his Model-T Ford to pick Lee up for Sunday School. Lee bounded eagerly out to the car─dressed in his Sunday best, a suit someone had given him, a shirt made by his mother out of an Obelisk flour sack, and a tie that had been handed down to him. In the classroom, Mrs. Hawes said once again, “How many of you boys are saved?” Lee Rober- son quickly raised his hand. The teacher looked at him and smiled and again presented the wonderful message of salvation. For many years Daisy Hawes kept a long list of boys’ names in the back of her Bible─boys she had led to a sav- ing relationship with Jesus Christ. T he congregation rejoiced when Lee Roberson made his public profes- sion of faith during the invitation. Later they rejoiced again when he walked the same aisle to obey God’s call to preach. During his many years of ministry, Lee Roberson served the Lord as an evangelist and then pastor of churches in Germantown, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; and Chattanooga, Tennessee. In Chattanooga he initiated a multitude of ministries to “catch men” for Christ. There was the radio broadcast which be- came Gospel Dynamite. A church news- paper, The Evangelist, followed which reached a record circulation of 75,000. y 1983 there were 70 chapels around the city and in the surround- ing mountains proclaiming the Good News. When most churches in America had not even heard of church buses, the church under Lee Roberson’s ministry and that of M.J. Parker was bringing in hundreds of people to hear the Gospel. The soul winning ministry of Lee Roberson extended around the B James Wigton, Lee Roberson Always About His Father’s Business. LaVergne, TN: Xulon Press, 2010.33, 34. world with hundreds of missionaries being supported by the church. Other ministries included Camp Joy, where 20,000 young people professed faith in Jesus Christ. Union Gospel Mis- sion, a ministry to the down-and-out re- corded over 30,000 salvation decisions. A major university, Tennessee Temple, was begun in 1946 and has trained thousands of Christian workers, mis- sionaries, and pastors whose ministries continue to shape the world. Over the years Lee Roberson authored and pub- lished over 40 books. He pastored and held meetings in thousands of cities in America. uring the forty years of ministry in Chattanooga alone, 63,000 people were converted and baptized. The great man would quickly give credit to the team of Godly associates surrounding him through the years and especially J. R. Faulkner. Dr. John R. Rice called him “the Spurgeon of our generation.” A promi- nent pastor, R. Gene Payne, surrendered to the ministry under Lee Roberson’s powerful preaching. This author sur- rendered under the ministry of R. Gene Payne. How much we owe to him! D Lee Robertson How much we owe to Daisy Hawes, the Sunday school teacher who led a young boy to Christ—and yes, how much we owe to a simple Godly woman in a little frame church in the country. When Daisy Hawes lay down to die in 1976, her influence had already extend- ed to the end of the earth… with multitudes TOUCHING GOD! NATIONS • 5