Our 8th Year
1976 HFP, Volume 8 Number 6
Georgia governor Jimmy Carter was elected president, defeating incumbent Gerald Ford. The Civil War movie
"Gone with the Wind" was televised on NBC. Smokey the Bear died at the National Zoo in
Washington, DC. Barbra Streisand premiered in the movie "A Star is Born". And NY Jets
quarterback Joe Namath played his final NFL game.
Our brother Jackson Wilcox created a full page comic based on the parable of the rich man from
Luke 12 who learned much too late that storing up money and possessions is not where it's at. He
should have spent his life seeking the Kingdom of God.
In a two-page spread illustrated with photos, we shared the exciting story of gospel singer O'Ella
Burkes, who performed with the first black group ever to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show, the Clara
Ward Singers. "Music has always been my life," O'Ella said. "Every time I sing, whether at Cook County
jail in Chicago, every week in Chino state prison, Leavenworth federal penitentiary or at a
juvenile hall, I feel the Lord in me. It is as if He is right there saying, 'Let me be your
Guide. I'm Jesus. Victory is yours forever."
Joe was an inmate at one of the prisons O'Ella and our editor Duane Pederson visited, and
we devoted a double page spread to Joe's story as well. "I've been in a number of prisons in
California," Joe said, "and that night when I heard O'Ella sing and Duane speak of the love Jesus
has for me, I came to a renewed acceptance of Jesus."
A reader sent in the drawing shown at right of a cross and "Jesus Saves" banner. The photo at lower
right shows a young woman playing guitar at one of the Jesus People gatherings in California.
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