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‘Street-corner evangelists plan tent revival
by Bill Clough
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The Sucecs use a roadside sign made from a headboard to announce a tent revival starting at 2 p.m. Saturday in George West.
Contributed photo The Sucecs use a roadside sign made from a headboard to announce a tent revival starting at 2 p.m. Saturday in George West.
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GEORGE WEST — In an open-sided pavilion in Cactus Park here this Saturday, two street evangelists are going to carry on a grand religious tradition whose days seem to be numbered — a tent revival.

But without the tent.

“It’s not a revival; it’s a gospel meeting,” Michael Sucec stresses.

Starting at 2 p.m., Michael and his wife, Sheri, will begin — first by giving away a Bible and then delivering their message.

“We believe there are people in this area who are hungry for the truth that will set people free,” Michael says.

“I can’t satisfy that hunger for the rest of the world, but I can do what God calls me to do, here.”

But Sucec says he is going to break at least one tradition.

“We are not going to pass the plate. No basket; I’m not going there,” he says.

Sucec, critical of the tax-free status enjoyed by most organized churches and denominations, believes asking for contributions gets in the way of delivering his message.

“If you hit them in their pocketbook, it turns them off.”

With Michael’s substantial beard and Sheri’s head covering, the couple superficially could be mistaken for being Amish.

They made their way to George West from Philadelphia and South Dakota.

“We’re street-corner evangelists,” Michael says. “This is going to be our first evangelical meeting.”

Their preparations have included minor miracles, such as while the couple were in a local laundromat, “A man walked in and gave Michael three $20 bills,” Sheri says. “He said the Lord told him to do it.”

“I said that’s the Lord’s money,” Michael continues. “We’ll use it to have a meeting.”

It didn’t stop there.

The pastor of a local church here donated more than 80 folding chairs for the event.

Sheri found an abandoned headboard and converted it into a roadside sign announcing the revival.

Because they are new to the revival genre of evangelism, they are not sure how many to expect.

“My only request, Lord, is that I don’t just preach to Sheri,” Michael smiles, and then becomes serious. “It doesn’t matter to me how many will come,’ he says. “What matters is that I do what I’m supposed to do. The results are up to God.”

Bill Clough is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at beepic@mySouTex.com.
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