Advice from the World's Oldest Evangelist

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Pastor Otis Clark is a living example of the power of the Holy Spirit -- and he has more than a century of experiences under his belt.

Clark, the world's oldest evangelist, knew the original members of the Azusa Street Mission in California and was even baptized at Azusa Church.

Decades later, he's still going strong. And at 107-years-old, he says his goal now is to keep up with the "young folks."

Click play to watch Clark's comments on his life and how he continues to work for God.

Associated with History

Clark was born in 1903, before Oklahoma was an official state. In 1921, he moved to California to escape the Tulsa race riots.

While in Los Angeles, Clark began to live a "fast" life, working for movie stars like Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, and Charley Chaplin. But at 25, he was tossed in jail for bootlegging whiskey.

Jailtime eventually led him to Christ, and he was baptized at Azusa Church in 1930.

The church is associated with the Azusa Street Mission, started by William J. Seymour in 1906. Out of that group came a massive revival and the Pentecostal church. Clark was given power of attorney over the Azusa Street Mission.

Living Strong

Clark took his first mission trip to Africa at age 103 and returned again the following year. He plans to visit Jamaica in July for another mission trip.

The evangelist is in great health, takes no medications, and never stops making friends. He also continues to preach all over the world and says his source of strength can be found in the power of prayer.

*Originally broadcast on May 21, 2010.

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