Maxine Hurston's Life Story

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MAXINE HURSTON’SLife StoryMy walk though life with Jesus, Dr. John and our daughter Karen : 

MAXINE HURSTON’SLife StoryMy walk though life with Jesus, Dr. John and our daughter Karen

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I was born “Wanna Maxine”on May 6, 1926, in Bristow, Oklahoma. Soon after, my parents moved to Pensacola, Florida.

I’m on the first row, far right, with my beloved Dad and Mom, James and Ethel Poston. : 

I’m on the first row, far right, with my beloved Dad and Mom, James and Ethel Poston.

I was the firstborn, followed by my sweet sister, Christine. : 

I was the firstborn, followed by my sweet sister, Christine.

When I was eight, God called me to be a missionary in Africa. : 

When I was eight, God called me to be a missionary in Africa. When I was six, Mother became a born again Christian. When I was seven, I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

After I graduated from high school, : 

After I graduated from high school,

I was delighted to become a student of Southeastern Bible Institute.I so wanted to be a missionary in Africa! : 

I was delighted to become a student of Southeastern Bible Institute.I so wanted to be a missionary in Africa!

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Here I am with my dear Jewish friend, Mrs. Amoto, whom I led to the Lord. We’re outside my room in Southeastern, then in Atlanta, Georgia. 1944-45

Among other things, I (on lower left) taught children’s church when in Bible school.The girl next to me is Jan Bethany, who later married Paul Crouch, and received the baptism in one of my children’s meetings. : 

Among other things, I (on lower left) taught children’s church when in Bible school.The girl next to me is Jan Bethany, who later married Paul Crouch, and received the baptism in one of my children’s meetings.

After two years of engagement, John and I married in Pensacola on October 24, 1946. : 

After two years of engagement, John and I married in Pensacola on October 24, 1946.

A happy day! : 

A happy day!

John’s parents and my parents : 

John’s parents and my parents

We enjoyed marriage! : 

We enjoyed marriage!

John’s and my first trip to the mission field, 1948 : 

John’s and my first trip to the mission field, 1948 The maiden voyage of the “Ambassador,” an AG transatlantic mission plane

I was thrilled to be a missionary in Africa—at last! : 

I was thrilled to be a missionary in Africa—at last!

This is one of our many mission flights : 

This is one of our many mission flights into the jungle “bush” of Liberia

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John and I walk through that jungle bush, 1948

By the end of our first term God helped us bring nine villages : 

By the end of our first term God helped us bring nine villages to faith in our risen Lord.

We returned to America to raise funds for Liberia, preaching and doing skits : 

We returned to America to raise funds for Liberia, preaching and doing skits …while on furlough, 1951-4

By then, Father had died. From left to right is my mother, Ethel Poston, my sister Christine, my brother James, my sister Catherine, and me. : 

By then, Father had died. From left to right is my mother, Ethel Poston, my sister Christine, my brother James, my sister Catherine, and me.

We also spent time with John’s family : 

We also spent time with John’s family

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John and I bound for a second term in Liberia, 1954, this time with baby Karen

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Here Karen and I play with a little puppy, 1954

Mom and my sister Cathy joined us briefly in Monrovia. : 

Mom and my sister Cathy joined us briefly in Monrovia.

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The “revival team” of the 1956 Liberian Revival. Left to right: me, Mrs. Byrd, John, & Ralph Byrd

Second service of the1956 Liberian Revival15,000 attended a single service John leads the singing, with mike in hand at the front : 

Second service of the1956 Liberian Revival15,000 attended a single service John leads the singing, with mike in hand at the front

An estimated 70,000 people came to three months of revival meetings. : 

An estimated 70,000 people came to three months of revival meetings.

During those three months, one secular newspaper, The Liberian Age, reported that they prayed for 40,000 sick people, and that nearly 90% were healed. : 

During those three months, one secular newspaper, The Liberian Age, reported that they prayed for 40,000 sick people, and that nearly 90% were healed.

While on furlough in the States in 1958, John was asked to help preach in tent revivals in war-torn Korea : 

While on furlough in the States in 1958, John was asked to help preach in tent revivals in war-torn Korea

John went with a team thatpreached tent revivalsin six major cities : 

John went with a team thatpreached tent revivalsin six major cities

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A young Yonggi Cho often interpreted for John; this older woman was healed of blindness when they prayed for her.

Yonggi Cho and John often talked; Cho asked him questions about divine healing, and John was most impressed by the young Cho’s prayer life. : 

Yonggi Cho and John often talked; Cho asked him questions about divine healing, and John was most impressed by the young Cho’s prayer life.

John felt God call us to Korea, and we became missionaries there in 1960. : 

John felt God call us to Korea, and we became missionaries there in 1960.

We soon started to work with Pastor Cho in the tent church. Here I pose with one of the women. : 

We soon started to work with Pastor Cho in the tent church. Here I pose with one of the women.

We lived in a small trailer in Seoul : 

We lived in a small trailer in Seoul

There was much beauty in Korea : 

There was much beauty in Korea

We enjoyed our times as a familyin Korea.I just loved the roses! : 

We enjoyed our times as a familyin Korea.I just loved the roses!

I helped in any way I could, usually with the women. : 

I helped in any way I could, usually with the women.

John oversaw the construction of the first building after the tent church. : 

John oversaw the construction of the first building after the tent church.

That church building was soon ready. : 

That church building was soon ready.

John was the first senior pastor, and the young Cho his associate : 

John was the first senior pastor, and the young Cho his associate

The crowds at that new churchgrew…notice people in the windows! : 

The crowds at that new churchgrew…notice people in the windows!

John, Cho, Karen and I with some of our first leaders on Christmas, 1961 : 

John, Cho, Karen and I with some of our first leaders on Christmas, 1961

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Cho was ordained in April of 1962; John then made him senior pastor of the West Gate (Sodaemoon) Full Gospel Church

I enjoyed our time in Korea, and almost disliked returningto the States for furlough : 

I enjoyed our time in Korea, and almost disliked returningto the States for furlough

It was nice to be home with family again. Here’s my brother Jim, Mother, my sister Cathy, and me. : 

It was nice to be home with family again. Here’s my brother Jim, Mother, my sister Cathy, and me.

We were warmly greeted on our return to Korea in 1967 : 

We were warmly greeted on our return to Korea in 1967

I loved the Korean people : 

I loved the Korean people

Karen and I talk with Pastor Cho’s wife, Grace : 

Karen and I talk with Pastor Cho’s wife, Grace

We had precious times with Pastor Cho, Grace, and family. His first son sits by me. : 

We had precious times with Pastor Cho, Grace, and family. His first son sits by me.

Our family photo, 1967 : 

Our family photo, 1967

Korea could be cold, but I learned to love that as well : 

Korea could be cold, but I learned to love that as well

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Our second term in Korea, 1967 to 1970, the West Gate church continued to pray and to grow, reaching a membership of 10,000 people

That building filled with five services each Sunday, and we soon needed a new and larger sanctuary. : 

That building filled with five services each Sunday, and we soon needed a new and larger sanctuary.

John and Pastor Cho prayed at the groundbreakingof the new location : 

John and Pastor Cho prayed at the groundbreakingof the new location

God then spoke to both John and me to go plant a mission in Vietnam. : 

God then spoke to both John and me to go plant a mission in Vietnam.

A family picture with the Cho and Choi families in 1970, shortly before we left for Vietnam : 

A family picture with the Cho and Choi families in 1970, shortly before we left for Vietnam

John and I started the AG mission in war-torn Vietnam in 1970-75 : 

John and I started the AG mission in war-torn Vietnam in 1970-75

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We helped establish several churches.

The President’s wife, Madam Thieu, gave property for our mission to establish a drug rehabilitation center in Saigon. : 

The President’s wife, Madam Thieu, gave property for our mission to establish a drug rehabilitation center in Saigon.

Here I talk with one man outside the center we built, : 

Here I talk with one man outside the center we built,

where we discipled recovering drug addicts and their families. : 

where we discipled recovering drug addicts and their families.

I loved my sweetheart John, and tried to be there every time he spoke. John was my inspiration. : 

I loved my sweetheart John, and tried to be there every time he spoke. John was my inspiration.

One trip back to the States, we stopped in Barcelona, Spain, one of my favorite cities. : 

One trip back to the States, we stopped in Barcelona, Spain, one of my favorite cities.

After Saigon fell, Dr. Cho invited John to return to Korea from 1976 to 1981, to help him establish Church Growth International (CGI) : 

After Saigon fell, Dr. Cho invited John to return to Korea from 1976 to 1981, to help him establish Church Growth International (CGI)

In 1976 Southeastern College : 

In 1976 Southeastern College conferred an honorary doctorate on John

I proudly stood by Dr. John’s side during his acceptance speech. : 

I proudly stood by Dr. John’s side during his acceptance speech.

It was a wonderful day! : 

It was a wonderful day!

I sometimes spoke with John to visiting pastors and leaders. : 

I sometimes spoke with John to visiting pastors and leaders.

During that time I saw that church grow from 40,000 to 200,000 members. : 

During that time I saw that church grow from 40,000 to 200,000 members.

Here Dr. Cho congratulates John; in five years John held more than 100 CGI seminars : 

Here Dr. Cho congratulates John; in five years John held more than 100 CGI seminars reaching nearly 50,000 pastors and leaders.

After leaving Korea, we were first with a church in Anaheim, then Bakersfield, then with Bob Tilton in Dallas. : 

After leaving Korea, we were first with a church in Anaheim, then Bakersfield, then with Bob Tilton in Dallas.

I was always proud of my “Dr. John” : 

I was always proud of my “Dr. John”

We tried to vacation on Pensacola Beach whenever possible, : 

We tried to vacation on Pensacola Beach whenever possible,

and relaxed, : 

and relaxed,

and enjoyed the beach. : 

and enjoyed the beach.

We continued to minister in other countries, here in Guatemala… : 

We continued to minister in other countries, here in Guatemala… sorry, this is not my best picture!

October of 1996 John and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary : 

October of 1996 John and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary

In 1997, we celebrated John’s 75th birthday : 

In 1997, we celebrated John’s 75th birthday

In 2001 we celebrated my 75th birthday : 

In 2001 we celebrated my 75th birthday

I was deeply grateful for the nearly one hundred people who came to my 75th birthday celebration, : 

I was deeply grateful for the nearly one hundred people who came to my 75th birthday celebration,

complete with a kiss from John! : 

complete with a kiss from John!

We had many special times through the years : 

We had many special times through the years

God gave us wonderful friends, : 

God gave us wonderful friends,

like Apostle Jean from Integrity Church : 

like Apostle Jean from Integrity Church

We enjoyed being a family, even in my room at the nursing home : 

We enjoyed being a family, even in my room at the nursing home

John, you have been my faithful partner, the love of my life. : 

John, you have been my faithful partner, the love of my life.

Karen, I am so glad you are my daughter. : 

Karen, I am so glad you are my daughter.

Friends and family, rejoice with me! I am now fully healed, joyfully walking the streets of gold with my precious Jesus. : 

Friends and family, rejoice with me! I am now fully healed, joyfully walking the streets of gold with my precious Jesus.

Please visit my websiteat www. : 

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