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August 28, 2008

By Krista Leonard

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Gordo
Pickens Baptist Association

Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16
Hobbies: Collecting playing cards and traveling
Family Status: Married 45 years to Lucille; two daughters, Lisa and Julie; and four grandchildren

Gaines House, an avid card collector who has around 530 decks, uses his hobby to minister to people everywhere from rest areas on vacation to the grocery store to jail. House is a very involved member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Gordo, serving the Lord in the meals-on-wheels ministry and as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.

Q: How did you come to know the Lord?
A: I was in the Navy, and I was at a revival. A sailor friend of mine asked me to a church he attended, and it was during their revival. It was in the spring of 1960.

Q: How have you been involved in church through the years?
A: I have been the Sunday School superintendent. I am a deacon, a Sunday School teacher and involved in the jail ministry.

Q: What do you do with the jail ministry?
A: I have four little magic tricks, and I take a deck of cards and show them the different cards. While I show them the cards, I tell them about Jesus. It gets their attention, because they play cards there. I also talk to cashiers in line at the supermarket and to people at shopping centers and restaurants. I talked to 14 different people with my cards last week. Around four or five people have accepted Christ when I got through (with the card tricks). My cards just give me an opening to talk to people.

Q: What difference has being a Christian made in your life?

A: It has meant a better life. I accepted the Lord when I was about 22 year old, and my life has been better since.

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