Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
Carl E. West:
Carl was born about 1961 in Beaumont, Texas. I
don't know his conversion story.
We went for a late breakfast at Terry's Diner on
Leaphart road in West Columbia, S. C. on 24 January 2004. Mr. Bill Hook, our acquaintance of
a number of years, came over and joined us to wish us a happy new year. One thing lead to
another in conversation; then he mentioned that his grand-daughter Holly was doing really
well as a 22 year-old singer and might be close to getting a big-time
Then he remembered his deceased son-in-law, Carl
West. Carl owned Timberman Tree Service and died the summer of 2002. He was 30 feet up a tree
that turned out to be rotten below ground; it fell, and Carl died of the effects within an
hour (24 July 2002).
A young Romanian pastor with First Baptist Church
of Lexington preached the funeral. Carl is said to have often given a Christian witness to
people for whom he'd done tree work. A number of former customers showed up at his funeral.
At the end of the funeral, the pastor gave an alter-call invitation for those who did not
know Jesus and who wanted to follow Jesus to come forward. Surprisingly, 6-8 came forward. As
it eventually turned out, this group of converts (from as far away as 30 miles) became the
nucleus who followed the pastor into the planting of a new church called Lighthouse Christian
Center which has been on Platt Springs Road in West Columbia, S. C.
Out of Carl telling others of his hope in Jesus,
Carl's death caused a funeral which was the focal point for the salvation of 6-8 previous
non-believers! Carl's life made a difference in this world as he was a quiet warrior on the
side of Jesus...using ordinary circumstances to pass on the good news of Jesus to
***give me your comments about this
(posted 24 January 2004)
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
accept you just as you are right this second! Consider accepting Jesus now