Christian Work In Louisiana
Editors Note: By
Reverend R. L. LaFleur about 1956; Copyright
by Mary LaFleur. Transcribed
by Clovis LaFleur February 2010 from copy of original provided
my Mary Jeanette LaFleur. Has not been edited and appears as originally
didn't preach the first sermon in Louisiana. I lived in East
Texas at the time I received the Holy Ghost and God called me to
preach in the late fall of 1910. I had began my ministry in Fort
Worth, Texas with A. P. Collins, then the pastor.
that time Brother and Sister D. K. Morris, with he and his wife,
Brother and Sister Young (all four lived between Cleveland and
Conroe, Texas) felt the call to go to Leesville, Louisiana. They
held meetings or services in the homes, and about ten received
the Holy Ghost. Uncle Jack Frost being the first to receive the
left and went back home in East Texas. there in the summer of
1911, I held a revival in Blue Water, Texas near Livingston. In
this revival several received their Baptism. Among the number
was Brother R. L. Blankenship and Brother Will Tullos. Both felt
the call to the ministry. So in the summer of 1912, Brother
Tulos came over to Pickering, Louisiana and held a three or four
week revival. Brother Billie Harson and others helped in this
revival. Sister Maude Herrin also Brother G. C. Lout and wife
were in the number who received the Baptism in this meeting.
They closed and left, went back home in East Texas. These
workers being our of my revivals in East Texas. Knowing they had
come back and no one to help the new converts in Louisiana.
There were about fifteen in number who had received the Holy
Ghost. Brother Nathan Kemper being one who along with G. C. Lout
I felt to go to Pickering, Louisiana to help establish the new
converts in the Fall of 1912. I came over and our next revival
was in DeRidder and about 50 Received the Baptism in this
campaign. I stayed in DeRidder and cared for the work after the
tent was taken down. This tent revival was held on the lot where
the Methodist Church is today. That was our first real good
break through in Louisiana. and the fields set on fire now for
God. the outlook for there being a great work in Louisiana was
set to work to further the work. The wind blew the revival fire
next South of DeRidder. The Sprit of God had gotten hold of
others to go tell the glad news. Sister Maude Herrin, who lived
in DeRidder felt to go to Dry Creek, Louisiana, about 16 miles.
She obeyed the Call taking Brother and Sister Pitman and they
pitched battle in an old school house, and God gave them a great
revival. With 25 or more receiving the Holy ghost. About the
same time Brother G. C. Lout and wife, after spending a winter
with me in the church and helping in the church at
DeRidder felt to go North. He took off to
Noble his hometown, and began a revival
brand new preacher in a new place. God made Brother Lout a very
successful minister. He brought in Noble and the church as
Sordas. After this he felt to go to Shreveport. And he pitched
battle and a great work was done and is still being done in that
let us go back to Dry Creek. The meeting is closed and Sister
Maude and band has moved on to Leblanc. and what a revival they
are having. It was such a great out pouring until Sister Pitman
suggested to Sister Maude that they send for me to come help.
They did. Upon my arrival in Le Blanc — they really had the
old time religion. The fire was burning in this brush arbor
revival. The power of God was falling all around and the people
was letting it fall on them. Out of this revival came Brother
Adross Fuselier, Brother Dallas Hayes, Brother William Nevils,
and Brother and Sister Donahue. Brother and Sister Hemphill was
workers in this band with Sister Maude at Le Blanc. this being
the greatest revival in Louisiana up to this time.
revival closes there and we move on to the Indiana Village. Here
God gives a still greater revival. From here we went to Kinder
and God gives a great outpouring of his spirit. About this time
God speaks to Brother Henderson a Nazarene preacher in Eunice to
come to the Kinder revival, he did, and received the Holy Ghost.
Also in Kinder revival God give us a colored preacher who did a
great work for God and his people.
and Sister Hemphill went to Eunice and they pitched a battle in
tent and God did give one of greatest revivals. About 90 received
the Holy Ghost. While in Kinder revival, God has given us a Methodist
minister, Brother Dan Hayes, and Brother Larmon, a congregation
minister and is calling out of new converts ministers to be.
Lewis Baggett called to go preach, went to Palmetto, Louisiana
and God gives her a good revival. Brother Ed Johnson is called
and he brings in Glenmora and other places out from Glenmora.
Brother Dan Henderson and Brother Dan Hayes go to Reeves and God
gives them a great revival. the work by now has grown so, and I
the only ordained minister in the state. So I did my best to go
from church to church, to teach them. and go to assist the bands
of new workers God is calling kept me real busy day and night.
To push forward this live of god in the new converts. Helping
them to fill their calling.
was with the Assembly of God church. At this time the Revelation
of Oneness of the Godhead and baptism in Jesus Name were not
out. I would have all night services to teach and help the young
workers, and Saints. And all day services, special meetings with
lunch served at noon, or midnight if it was an all night
service. In these services I ordained those whom we felt to be
Called of God. In one of these all night services Brother Lesley
Wise cam over from Remlig, Texas and was ordained. He went back
home and made a whole hearted worker for God.
P. Collins; an early founder of the Apostolic Faith
Movement along with H. A. Goss, W. F. Carothers, and E. N.
Bell that progressed into a strong Pentecostal nucleus in
L. Tenney; "The Flame Still Burns,"
published 2002, pages 17 & 18. Tells the story of
Brother Robert LaFleur preaching in downtown Fort Worth.
He had read the Scripture where Jonah went through the
City of Nineveh preaching, "Yet forty days and
Nineveh will be destroyed" (Jonah 3:4). Brother
Robert, feeling the intense burden of Fort Worth souls
thrust upon him, went to downtown Fort Worth and at every
block, he would pause and then shout: "Repent ye,
the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." Having done
this for several blocks, there was a crowd sharing, among
them a policeman who had been following. The policeman
inquired of Robert what he was doing. Hearing his answer,
the policeman said; "Son, do you think this is the
place to do that?" Tenney remarked in his book:
"R. L. LaFleur thought any place was the right
place to preach the Gospel."
Maude Herrin would merry Rev LaFleur in January of 1916.
in December, 1915 God laid it on the heart of Brother and Sister
Harvey Sheares of East Texas to come over to Louisiana. this he
did. and we placed him at Elton with Brother Fulton Cavort, who
had bought a Holiness School. Brother Sheares was a good Bible
teacher. At this time quite a number of the young people, young
workers, and young ministers attended his school. Brother
Sheares was the first help I had out of the State to come and
help carry the load.
at this time Sister Maude Herrin was in West Texas with Brother
Charles Smith, helping them in a revival at Caldwell, Texas. And
Brother L. C. Hall came from the North on his way to California
and stopped off with them. And he was on fire with the Light of
Jesus Name Baptism. Baptism in His Name. So brother and Sister
Smith and Sister Maude was Baptized in Jesus Name. And after the
revival closed at Caldwell, Texas, Sister Maude came to the
Elton Bible school with this new light.
sent for Brother Charles Smith, and Brother Lee Floyd to come to
the Elton Bible School. they did, and I debated this with them
three days before Brother Sheare's school, along with myself
gave over to the Oneness being right
and what a baptizing. And now I've got to go back over the work,
and teach this new light, and baptize them all over. What a
task. But what a joyful trial we had in the dead of winter. We
started baptizing in Jesus Name the last of December, 1915 and
on into January, 1916 at Elton.
was January 4, 1916, Sister Maude Herrin and I was united in
marriage. Now God had given me a good helper, and her being a
minister we could do a lot more. Two services, she one, and
myself one. And I continued re-baptizing the past three years
converts with this new light. And finding that we could not hold
and teach this in the Assembly of God.
organized our work in Louisiana and carried every church in the
state but one. That was Horbeck, Louisiana, Brother George
Harrison was pastor at Horbeck. And Sister Ama Morehead and
Sister Maude Herrin held a meeting there — a revival. We kept
our new Light, and also our work. From here on out our work grew
and grew. Small church buildings began to go up until work
filled the state. And now the old ones gone, and new church
buildings, and still it grows. And I believe it will until the
return of our Lord and Savior.
lot of the credit of this great work at the beginning goes to
Sister Maude Herrin, who was a good evangelist, and did a great
work before we were married and after we were married. She was
faithful in her ministry, setting a good example for the young
converts. Many happenings during this time of bringing in these
churches. Some awful sad things, and many funny things. But they
are too numerous to put in this write-up. As all I am interested
in is giving you knowledge of coming up to now, as a group who
walked in the Light and stuck together —
and we are together in this great United Pentecostal Church.
far as I know, Brother Howard Goss, is the oldest minister (not
age) but who has walked in the Light and the Church of this
great truth. Myself, second in this Pentecostal Church,
preaching this glorious message. And after our passing, may you
all be forceful in carrying on this great work God left for you
to do. In helping to have a church ready for His return.
Without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing. I have done what I
could to move as many stones over, to make the road easier for
you to travel who are coming on. Make your calling and election
sure. God Bless You as you carry on from here.
are selected scans of pages from the publication entitled:
"The Louisiana Challenger," Volume VIII -
Number 5, dated May 1964