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Joy Williams: Rooted in Grace (December 29, 2002)

Judy Rachels: Christmas gifts (December 22, 2002)

Ralph Carmichael: New music for a timeless message (December 15, 2002)

Roger and Greg Flessing: Media, ministry and society's ungodly messages (December 8, 2002)

Rick Salvato: Meeting medical and spiritual needs around the world (November 24, 2002)

Asa Hutchinson: Drug Enforcement's top officer (November 17, 2002)

Bill Bright: 'Not I, but Christ' (November 10, 2002)

Ray Berryhill: Living by faith (October 20, 2002)

Owen C. Carr: Reading through the Bible 92 times (October 13, 2002)

Curtis Harlow: Combating campus drinking (September 29, 2002)

Wes Bartel: Making Sunday count (September 22, 2002)

M. Wayne Benson: The Holy Spirit knocks (September 15, 2002)

Dr. Richard Dobbins: Understanding Suffering (September 8, 2002)

K.R. Mele: Halloween evangelism (August 25, 2002)

Roland Blount: God makes a way for blind missionary (August 18, 2002)

Cal Thomas: Finding a mission field (August 11, 2002)

Lisa Ryan: For such a time as this (July 28, 2002)

Dallas Holm: Faith and prayer in life’s toughest times (July 21, 2002)

Paul Drost: Intentional church planting (July 14, 2002)

James M. Inhofe: Serving Christ in the Senate (June 30, 2002)

Karen Kingsbury: The Write stuff (June 23, 2002)

Michael W. Smith: Worship is how you live each day (June 16, 2002)

Wayne Stayskal: On the drawing board (June 9, 2002)

Fory VandenEinde: Anyone can minister (May 26, 2002)

Thomas E. Trask: Pentecost Sunday (May 19, 2002)

Stormie Omartian: Recovering from an abusive childhood (May 12, 2002)

Luis Carrera: Beyond the Shame (April 28, 2002)

Tom Greene: The church of today (April 21, 2002)

Philip Bongiorno: Wisdom for a younger generation (April 14, 2002)

Deborah M. Gill: Christian education and discipleship (March 24, 2002)

Norma Champion: Becoming involved in politics (February 24, 2002)

Steve Pike: A candid discussion about Mormonism (February 10, 2002)

Raymond Berry: More to life than football (January 27, 2002)

Sanctity of Human Life roundtable: Doctors speak out (January 20, 2002)

Chaplain Charles Marvin: Ministering in the military (January 13, 2002)


2001 Conversations

God makes a way for blind missionary

(August 18, 2002)

Roland and Evelyn Blount have ministered to the people of Latin America for more than 30 years, the past 19 being spent with Spanish Television and Radio (STAR) Ministries in Durant, Fla. Roland Blount recently spoke with Scott Harrup, associate editor.

PE: How did your missions ministry begin?

BLOUNT: I applied in 1967 to be a missionary. The policy then was not to send a missionary with any physical problems. Since I am blind, I was not appointed. But in 1969 we received an invitation from a missionary in Chile and got approval to go for a couple of months in 1970. After that visit, local church leaders wrote to our missions leadership asking us to return. In April of 1971 we went to language school in Guadalajara, Mexico, to study Spanish for a year. We went back to Chile in June of 1972.

PE: Was Chile a challenging field?

BLOUNT: Yes, we had a good ministry. The little church we were pastoring grew from about 30 or 35 to more than 100 in just four or five months. They knew they needed God, and they turned to Him in their distress. But there was a communist regime at the time. There were food shortages. Evelyn would sometimes have to go to the market two or three times to find a farmer with food to sell. We could only get meat once a week. The stress mounted and we had to leave.

PE: What was God’s next step for you?

BLOUNT: We ministered in Paraguay for 10 years. Our first project was building a church for a new congregation. I remember when the resident missionary was preparing to return to the States for a while, he said to me, "Now, Roland, you have to build them a church." Being blind, laying brick is not something I do very well. But the Lord sent a man from Oklahoma all the way to Paraguay. He built that church. It’s still a strong congregation.

We helped to start and pastor two churches and we held evangelistic campaigns to start other churches. I directed the Bible school, and Evelyn and I taught. Probably our most effective ministry was in radio and television. I had a radio program from my home for a couple of years and we had a weekly television program for nine years. We left Paraguay in 1983 to come to work at STAR. When we visited Paraguay recently and came into the airport, one of the red caps called me by name. I said, "How do you know me?" He said, "I remember seeing you on television when I was a kid."

PE: How has the scope of your ministry expanded at STAR?

BLOUNT: STAR’s programs reach more than 50 countries in all. We have produced programs in English as well as Spanish. We help produce Lugar Secreto (The Secret Place), a puppet program for children. Evelyn and I produce a radio version of that program, a 15-minute drama for kids. We have produced educational courses for ICI and for the Advanced Christian Education Department of Latin America. We are starting a project which will eventually put every Bible school course onto video and allow pastors to study at home.

PE: Any final thoughts?

BLOUNT: Everything the Lord has asked me to do was something I could not do. Yet He would help me to do it or He would send somebody to help me to do it. So anybody who has any kind of physical disability, if God asks them to do something, they should respond and be obedient. God knows our limitations and He’s already planned how He’s going to help us.

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