(This is a re-post of the Home Page of the Guido Gardens in order to bring this important information to a wider audience.)
“The Sower turns 94!
Candler County’s most famous citizen, “The Sower,” Dr. Michael Guido celebrated his 94th birthday with a reception on Friday afternoon, Jan. 30, at Guido Studios. Despite a recent illness and an extended stay in the hospital, Dr. Guido was out and about, speaking with guests and accepting well wishes and birthday greetings from those in attendance.”
Dr. Guido Goes To Be With The LORD… (This is my title for the main article currently on the Home Page…)
“Michael Guido, known affectionately around the world as “The Sower” is now in heaven rejoicing with old friends and new acquaintances whom he met for the first time as a result of his life-long ministry.
Quietly, on Saturday February 21st after a final, peaceful day in Candler County Hospital, and surrounded by family and friends, at 9 PM he slipped gently and gracefully into the presence of His Lord and Saviour.
His life was grounded in a selfless ministry which he shared completely with his beloved Audrey, his wife of sixty-six years. Together they traveled extensively throughout the United States, conducting evangelistic crusades until they were involved in a near-fatal automobile accident.
Following a lengthy stay in an Atlanta hospital God moved in their hearts to begin a radio ministry while returning to Metter, Georgia.
From that seemingly simple decision, a radio program is now broadcast on 435 radio stations and has evolved into a television ministry that is carried on one hundred television stations as well as cable and satellite systems and the Armed Forces Radio and Television Network.
Each month nearly 32,000 homes receive Sower publications, and the popular “Seeds From the Sower” is published in over 1,500 newspapers. Wikipedia states that Metter, Georgia, “may best be known as the home of ‘The Sower’ who has delivered short evangelical Public Service Announcements on late-night television shows nationwide for decades.
His studios are located at Guido Gardens, where a large holiday light show takes place each Christmas season. The multiple camera angles and delightful introduction music in his commercials are of high acclaim.”
Although 94 years old at the time of his death, Mr. Guido was working on three new projects. One was a cartoon strip for children, another was a crisis ministry intervention team that would be available to respond to accidents, natural disasters and emergency situations wherever they occur. However, his most important concern in the last moments of his life was for his Guido Center for Christian Training.
He deeply believed that training others to do what he did in ministry and in serving His Lord would be the greatest legacy he could leave. His final vision was to construct a classroom for the Center and name it the Audrey F. Guido Educational Building. In fact, the final prayer that he prayed in public with two of his friends was that “God would give me this mountain to train soul-winners.”
To accomplish his dream, the Ministry is suggesting that donations to build the facility be made to the Guido Evangelistic Association in lieu of flowers.
There was a viewing of Dr. Guido in the Hamstra Worship Center on the campus of Guido Gardens on Saturday, February, 28, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. A service of praise and worship for the countless “Friends of the Sower” was held on Sunday, March 1, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. in a tent erected on the Campus. “Mr. Michael” is survived by his wife, Audrey and Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Guido, his brother and “sister-in-love”. “Larry” is his successor and the president of the Guido Evangelistic Association.”
THE MICHAEL GUIDO STORY – Paperback – United States Congressman Jack Kingston relates, “This book is a fascinating American story and a Christian pilgrimage. It should be required reading for all Christians, but everybody can benefit from his story.”
George Beverly Shea shares, “A loving God sends someone like Michael Guido across our pathway to help us in our spiritual journey. What an inspiration he has been to me and to countless others as he tells the ‘Old, Old Story of Jesus and His love.'” This is a great book. You will enjoy each page! Price: $7.00 each.
“NEW GUIDO TRAINING CENTER NOW OPEN
An entirely new program to train individuals in Christian ministry began on January 5, 2009 on the campus of the Guido Evangelistic Association.
The Center replaces the Michael Guido School of Evangelism at Brewton-Parker College and expands the curriculum and offer instruction in Biblical Studies, Pastoral Ministry and Church Leadership. The basic program of study will be the Certificate in Biblical Studies which may be completed in one year. Upon completion of the Certificate program, students will then qualify for the other programs which will begin in 2010.
Two classes for the second term in the Guido Center for Christian Training are scheduled to begin on March 16 and 19, 2009. The class “Evangelism and Discipleship” will meet on Monday evenings for nine weeks. Rev. Danny Williams, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Lyons is the teacher.
Rev. Williams is well known, recognized and respected for his evangelistic zeal and churches he has planted in several states, including Alaska. “Introduction to the New Testament” will be taught by Dr. Al Wright, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Waynesboro, Georgia. Dr. Wright has taught many and various classes for different colleges and is an excellent exegetical preacher and teacher and is well versed in the languages of the New Testament. His enthusiasm for understanding and applying the truths of the New Testament to every day Christian living is most inspiring.
There will be an open house and information session with faculty and students on March 7, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. This event will bring together students from previous classes as well as instructors and provide an opportunity for individuals to learn about the Center, its mission and ministry. Tuition for each class is $125.00 which includes the textbook and all materials.”