2869 Merlyn Dillow

Alcohol, Deception, Hypocrisy

Merlyn pretends to be saved when he is fifteen just to impress his girlfriend. He likes to drink and surf and does poorly in school. He works in a grocery store where a Christian witnesses to him, but Merlyn disdains the gospel. He meets Joyce and they marry while both are in different high schools. His drinking drives her away after their daughter is born, but they reunite. He works at a paper mill and goes out drinking after his shift. Through her job at a bank, Joyce meets a preacher having revival, and Joyce persuades Merlyn to attend. On the last day he is saved. He’s now in prison ministry.

2871 Bill Marshall

Bill’s father is a cowboy whose drunken abuse drives Bill to drink and use drugs. A school counselor is no help. After his father yanks an earring from Bill’s ear and throws him out, Bill uses intravenous drugs and his life spirals down. He marries Pam and they have two daughters, but his drinking, drugs and neglect drive her away. A cousin who urges him to go to church and a couple that gives him a New Testament lead to his conviction and salvation. God restores his marriage, and he goes to Bible college. Now an evangelist.

2870 John Ruhlman Classic

John is a hopeless drunk with eight children, whose wife, Sophie, stands by him. Told through daughter Grace, who sees her mother pray against all odds, John goes to a revival one night, where his old drinking buddy leads him to Christ. John and Bob start a church, and John visits a Tuscarora Indian Reservation where he becomes pastor, serving for 27 years. He adopts orphaned Indian boys, serving until he dies at 75.

2868 Jeanne Haverstick Pt 2

Jeanne loses her job but Gloria, the babysitter, befriends her. Dave sends flowers, beginning a friendship that turns into marriage. Gloria tries to warn Jeanne against marriage so soon after the death of her husband; but Jeanne ignores the warning. Dave’s drinking turns Jeanne into a nag. Gloria continues to disciple her. Dave is pronounced dead after a bad accident, but is revived at the hospital. He promises to quit drinking if God spares his life. He lives but their marriage is still rocky until God tells Jeanne to drop the mask. Dave commits his life to Christ. Jeanne is now a public speaker, giving her testimony.