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Sharing the love of God

POSTED: February 6, 2007 5:05 a.m.
He is a long way from his home in Colorado, but he is enjoying his new assignment in Liberty County.  This servant of God has a burden to help the people in the Hinesville area.
No stranger to ministry, Pastor Timothy Fred Saminto has been in the ministry for 36 years and has served as pastor of New Testament Christian Church in Hinesville for six months.  He has been a pastor for 30 years.
Prior to coming to Hinesville, Saminto served as a pastor in Houston, Texas.  He has spent time in the Philippines, Germany and Hawaii doing missionary work.  “I really enjoyed working in the Philippines.  We were there to help and to reach the people,” he said.  
According to Saminto, New Testament Christian Church is a caring church and actively evangelizes.  “We walk the streets and minister to the people.  I love preaching and teaching.  We also have Bible study with people in their homes.  We are here to help the people, and we visit door to door,” Saminto said.
“Our vision is to reach and help the lost. We want to give them confidence that no matter what the obstacles, God can help.  We try to help people deal with drug and poverty,” he said.  “I know what God can do for people if they open their heart and commit their life to him.  I have been there so I know what can happen.”
New Testament also provides support to various missions.  “We support world mission in South America and the Philippines. We have to get people established with a right relationship with Christ,” the pastor said.
“My pastor, R. W. Davis, was truly an inspiration to me.  He helped me to overcome my feeling of inferiority.  He showed me what a person can obtain; it begins with you,” Saminto said.  
He said he is humbled to see what God has done in his life.  “He took me from the streets to the pulpit.  I was on the streets at age 14.  I could not read nor write, but God touched me and saved me at age 21.”   
The pastor’s advice to other ministers is to be honest with themselves.  “Seek the things of God and He will lead you.  I really enjoy giving myself totally to the Lord,” he said.
He and his wife Dorothy have been married for 31 years.  They are natives of Pueblo, Colo., and are the proud parents of two children and one grandchild.  
Pastor Saminto attended New Testament Christian Seminary in Washington.  “The ministry has been a wonderful life.  I enjoy working with people and helping them.  I want to have more of the attributes of God.  I want to become what God wants me to be,” he said.
 

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