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Two men built tiny churches to welcome wandering souls

Posted: Friday, July 13, 2001

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Gene Meade is so intent on spreading the Gospel, he built a one-room church in front of his house in Easton on -- where else? -- Church Street.

Meade's creation is called The Every Day Church, and it welcomes with a sign that reads, ''Yes, We're Open.'' Meade, a 65-year-old retiree, says he had the idea after seeing a similar country church in Iowa years ago.

''I just want people to know there really is a God, there really is a Jesus, there really is a Holy Spirit and that the blood of Jesus is very important,'' he says.

In Clarksdale, Gene Conley also built a small chapel on his property on Highway 31. The Little Country Chapel is also always open. It sits on two wheels and has a wrought-iron fence and zinnias around it.

''We did it in memory of my folks and my wife's folks and a daughter-in-law that died of an asthmatic heart attack,'' says Conley, 83.

The Conleys had the idea to build their chapel in 1989 after visiting a similar little country chapel in Promise City, Iowa.

The chapel seats 12 and has been the site of five weddings, Conley said.

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