(Extensions of Remarks - May 23, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E740-E741]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office []



                           HON. PHIL GINGREY

                               of georgia

                    in the house of representatives

                         Thursday, May 23, 2013

  Mr. GINGREY of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Pastor 
Vandy S. Pope, on the 50th anniversary of his calling to serve his 
community through the word of God.
   While he currently serves as pastor of New Life Apostolic Church in 
Cartersville, Georgia, Pastor Pope's vocation has taken him across the 
globe. Since he graduated Bible College in 1966, his sermons have been 
heard in 17 different countries, and the 3 States where he served as 
Pastor. In Georgia alone, Pastor Pope has served three separate 
communities, and touched countless lives.
   1 Peter 4:10 says, ``Each of you should use whatever gift you have 
received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its 
various forms.''
   All too often, we forget that our religious leaders take on roles 
that extend so much farther than that of a pastor. These chosen few 
work long hours, undertaking duties of educators, social workers, 
charity organizers, and counselors. Moreover, they are often by the

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side of families and friends, as they face the challenge of laying a 
loved one to rest.
   Mr. Speaker, it is with this in mind that I extend my most heartfelt 
thanks to Pastor Pope for accepting God's call to this challenging, yet 
critical profession for the future of our great Nation. On behalf of 
Georgia's 11th District, I congratulate him as he marks this most 
impressive achievement.