He appeared on radio and television regularly, held revivals, crusades, had special missionary projects, provided food for the hungry, and helped support numerous ministries throughout the world through his ministry.
“Calvin was a Christian statesman that had a great influence on my life and the ministry,” said Tim Throckmorton, pastor of Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene in Franklin Furnace. “He gave to young preachers the example of what it meant to be a preacher, not just in the pulpit but out of the pulpit as well. He was a preacher's preacher - he was a help no matter what denomination.”
When encouraging a young minister, Evans would put his arm around him and give him seasoned advice, Throckmorton said.
In 2004, Evangelistic Outreach had 61 revivals, crusades and camp meetings, 325 additional special evangelistic services, meetings in 175 different churches and schools, produced 260 radio broadcasts and 52 television broadcasts. Also, the ministry helped support missionaries in Kenya, who are caring for orphans and children in crisis, and the Good Shepherd Fold in East Africa that has 135 orphans, helped Haitian pastors and missionaries and assisted in the ground breaking of a new church and school.
In addition, they built four new churches overseas, gave assistance to missionaries and pastors in 55 different countries, and provided funding for the U.S. churches that were damaged by flooding.
“Calvin personified what it was to be a minister,” Throckmorton said. “He was the same in person that he was on TV, on the pulpit, or at a camp meeting. He was faithful to his calling.”
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