Evangelist completes 50-day, 50-state preaching tour

Posted: Friday, July 14, 2000

PLEASANT GARDEN, N.C. (AP) -- A thousand people clapped and prayed as evangelist Alex McFarland completed a 50-day preaching tour to all 50 states with a sermon at his home Baptist church.

McFarland opened his ''Tour of Truth'' May 20 in Hawaii, then traveled the U.S. mainland in a recreational vehicle, logging 17,000 miles and visiting one church in each state.

McFarland, wife Angie and seven unpaid college interns, computer specialists and drivers took the trip.

Some days were difficult. On Day 32, lightning fried the computer modem in Easley, S.C., jeopardizing the tour's live Internet feed. And a German shepherd bit the evangelist's arm outside a church in Chase, Md. With teeth marks still fresh, McFarland delivered his 50th sermon.

''It was a last-ditch attempt by the devil to keep me from getting my preaching done,'' McFarland said.

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