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Photo - 1913

1913

Lester Sumrall is born in New Orleans, LA on February 15th.

Photo - 1934

1934

Lester Sumrall meets Howard Carter on October 16th and both feel God calling them to do missions work together.

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Photo - 1936

1936

Lester Sumrall finally comes home to America and returns to his home in Mobile, AL. He then begins traveling through the Midwest for the first time.

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Photo - 1939

1939

Lester Sumrall establishes three churches in England and pays a final visit to Smith Wigglesworth, who prays, “God, let the faith that is in my heart be poured into the heart of this young man.”

Photo - 1941

1941

Lester Sumrall finally meets Louise Layman in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Photo - 1946

1946

Frank Sumrall, Lester and Louise’s first of three sons, is born on December 31st.

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Photo - 1950

1950

Feeling called by God to the area, Lester and Louise purchase a house in South Bend, Indiana. Their family would call this place home for more than 15 years.

Photo - 1954

1954

The Sumrall family moves back home to South Bend, Indiana for a short time.

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Photo - 1959

1959

Lester again feels God calling them to another country to plant a church. The family moves to Hong Kong and builds New Life Temple Church which is still in existence today.

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Photo - 1966

1966

He feels God directing him to begin a broadcast ministry and decides to start the LeSEA Broadcasting Corporation.

Photo - 1967

1967

Lester Sumrall produces and releases his third film, Luzon Headhunters.

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Photo - 1972

1972

Lester Sumrall purchases WHMB- TV in Indianapolis, Indiana and begins broadcasting “Today with Lester Sumrall.”

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Photo - 1975

1975

Lester Sumrall founds the World Harvest Bible College on the church campus in South Bend, Indiana. The college has dorm rooms and facilities for students to engage in learning the Word of God in a college format setting.

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Photo - 1982

1982

Christian Center School is established as a Christian-based elementary school. Gradually, it is expanded to include preschool through 12th grade.

Photo - 1985

1985

World Harvest Radio, a shortwave radio network, is launched with the purchase of WHRI, which covers all of Central and South America and the Caribbean with the Gospel.

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Photo - 1987

1987

Feed the Hungry is founded after a trip to Israel in which Lester Sumrall feels God speak to him about feeding those who ask for their daily bread but receive none. Lester purchases a C130; Mercy Plane Zoe, and a cargo ship dedicated as The Evangeline, (later replaced by The Louisa) to deliver food and hope around the world.

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Photo - 1993

1993

KWHR is added to World Harvest Radio covering China and Eastern Asia.

Photo - 1994

1994

Louise Layman, Lester’s beloved partner, passes away at the age of 81.

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Photo - 1930

1930

Lester Sumrall contracts tuberculosis and almost dies. While lying in bed near death, he has a vision from God. He is confronted with a Bible and a casket, and feels God tells him to choose one or the other. He chooses to dedicate his life to Christ and becomes a preacher.

Photo - 1935

1935

On January 1st, Lester Sumrall and Howard Carter begin traveling on what would become a year and a half long missions journey starting in Australia and New Zealand and heading through the Orient, the Tibetan Himalayas, Siberia and Nazi-controlled Europe before returning to England.

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Photo - 1937

1937

Lester Sumrall attends a Bible conference in Brazil and then travels through Mexico, Cuba, and Central/South America on missions work.

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Photo - 1940-1941

1940-1941

He goes to Alaska and hears of an evangelist by the name of Louise Layman for the first time.

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Photo - 1944

1944

Lester and Louise marry on September 30th and start a year-long mission trip through the West Indies, Central, and South America.

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Photo - 1947

1947

Lester takes his first pastorate in South Bend, Indiana.

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Photo - 1952

1952

Lester and Louise Sumrall move their family to the Philippines to start a church, Bethel Temple. It quickly becomes the largest Protestant church in the country, and still exists to this day, pastored by Lester’s great nephew, David Ernest Sumrall. The church is now called Cathedral of Praise, Manila.

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Photo - 1956

1956

Lester Sumrall feels God is calling him to move to Jerusalem for a short time. During their stay in Israel, the Sinai War takes place. The family returns home in 1957.

Photo - 1962

1962

 Lester Sumrall creates World Harvest Magazine to share the news and happenings of his ministry, LeSEA.

Photo - 1966

1966

Lester Sumrall produces and releases his second film, The Invisible Boy. This is the story of a Filipino boy who would disappear when following a demon that only he could see. Lester Sumrall also prayed for his deliverance, and the boy was freed.

Photo - 1968

1968

WHME-FM, Harvest Radio, begins broadcasting in South Bend, Indiana. In that same year, the new Bethel Temple Church building is dedicated in South Bend, Indiana.

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Photo - 1972

1972

Lester Sumrall changes the name of Bethel Temple to Christian Center Church, which is its current name today.

Photo - 1976

1976

WHFT-TV is launched in Miami, Florida.

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Photo - 1983

1983

Studio and transmitter for WHME-FM are moved into a new building, allowing LeSEA to have 24-hour satellite broadcasting capability.

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Photo - 1985

1985

LeSEA Broadcasting purchases two more television stations – one in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and one in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Photo - 1988

1988

A fire completely destroys WHME-TV 46’s building in South Bend, Indiana. The station is able to recoup and get back on the air within seven hours of the fire.

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Photo - 1993

1993

After leading tour groups to Israel for more than twenty years, LeSEA officially establishes a full-service tour agency called LeSEA Tours for the purpose of organizing Christian tour groups to the Holy Land.

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Photo - 1994

1994

Making Healthy Choices is added to the LeSEA family to provide supporters with quality health products.

Photo - 1932

1932

 Lester Sumrall becomes officially ordained as a minister.

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Photo - 1936

1936

Upon returning from his mission work with Howard Carter, Lester Sumrall meets Smith Wigglesworth in Cardiff, Wales.

Photo - 1938

1938

Lester Sumrall publishes his first book Adventuring with Christ with Marshall, Morgan and Scott, a publishing company in England.

Photo - 1941

1941

Lester Sumrall travels throughout Latin America, preaching God’s Word.

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Photo - 1946

1946

Lester and Louise buy their first home in Springfield, Missouri.

Photo - 1950

1950

Lester and Louise’s second son, Stephen Sumrall, is born on June 27th.

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Photo - 1953

1953

Peter Sumrall, their last son, is born in the Philippines on October 17th.

Photo - 1957

1957

Lester Sumrall founds the Lester Sumrall Evangelistic Association, LeSEA, as well as his own publishing company, Sumrall Publishing, that will eventually publish his more than 130 books and syllabi.

Photo - 1965

1965

Lester Sumrall produces and releases his first movie, Bitten by Devils, the story of Clarita, a young prisoner in the Philippines who was bitten by devils in her jail cell. She was delivered by Lester Sumrall’s prayers.

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Photo - 1967

1967

Lester Sumrall opens Bethel Temple, what is now the current church in South Bend, Indiana.

Photo - 1970

1970

LeSEA Prayerline is established to provide 24-hour help for those in need of direction and encouragement through prayer.

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Photo - 1974

1974

Lester Sumrall establishes the World Harvest Minister’s Network in order to equip the next generation of pastors and provide them with resources.

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Photo - 1977

1977

WHME-TV started airing in South Bend, Indiana, and the LeSEA Broadcasting headquarters are moved from Indianapolis to South Bend.

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Photo - 1983

1983

Construction begins on a new building for Christian Center Church. Two years later in 1985, it is completed and the current Christian Center Church is opened and dedicated.

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Photo - 1987

1987

A second transmitter is purchased for World Harvest Radio covering Europe, Central and South America.

Photo - 1990

1990

Reconstruction of WHME TV-46 is completed and the new facility is dedicated.

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Photo - 1994

1994

LeSEA Broadcasting purchases WHNO-TV 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Photo - 1996

1996

On April 28th, Lester Sumrall passes away at the age of 83 leaving his ministry to his sons and grandchildren.  “I am assured that this ministry will continue in the second generation, and I pray in the third as well, if Jesus tarries. We will experience success in our efforts to reach those million souls for Christ, if we continue to carry the same vision and consecration.”- Lester Sumrall

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Photo - 1913

1913

Lester Sumrall is born in New Orleans, LA on February 15th.

Photo - 1934

1934

Lester Sumrall meets Howard Carter on October 16th and both feel God calling them to do missions work together.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1936

1936

Lester Sumrall finally comes home to America and returns to his home in Mobile, AL. He then begins traveling through the Midwest for the first time.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1939

1939

Lester Sumrall establishes three churches in England and pays a final visit to Smith Wigglesworth, who prays, “God, let the faith that is in my heart be poured into the heart of this young man.”

Photo - 1941

1941

Lester Sumrall finally meets Louise Layman in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Photo - 1946

1946

Frank Sumrall, Lester and Louise’s first of three sons, is born on December 31st.

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Photo - 1950

1950

Feeling called by God to the area, Lester and Louise purchase a house in South Bend, Indiana. Their family would call this place home for more than 15 years.

Photo - 1954

1954

The Sumrall family moves back home to South Bend, Indiana for a short time.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1959

1959

Lester again feels God calling them to another country to plant a church. The family moves to Hong Kong and builds New Life Temple Church which is still in existence today.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1966

1966

He feels God directing him to begin a broadcast ministry and decides to start the LeSEA Broadcasting Corporation.

Photo - 1967

1967

Lester Sumrall produces and releases his third film, Luzon Headhunters.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1972

1972

Lester Sumrall purchases WHMB- TV in Indianapolis, Indiana and begins broadcasting “Today with Lester Sumrall.”

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1975

1975

Lester Sumrall founds the World Harvest Bible College on the church campus in South Bend, Indiana. The college has dorm rooms and facilities for students to engage in learning the Word of God in a college format setting.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1982

1982

Christian Center School is established as a Christian-based elementary school. Gradually, it is expanded to include preschool through 12th grade.

Photo - 1985

1985

World Harvest Radio, a shortwave radio network, is launched with the purchase of WHRI, which covers all of Central and South America and the Caribbean with the Gospel.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1987

1987

Feed the Hungry is founded after a trip to Israel in which Lester Sumrall feels God speak to him about feeding those who ask for their daily bread but receive none. Lester purchases a C130; Mercy Plane Zoe, and a cargo ship dedicated as The Evangeline, (later replaced by The Louisa) to deliver food and hope around the world.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1993

1993

KWHR is added to World Harvest Radio covering China and Eastern Asia.

Photo - 1994

1994

Louise Layman, Lester’s beloved partner, passes away at the age of 81.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1930

1930

Lester Sumrall contracts tuberculosis and almost dies. While lying in bed near death, he has a vision from God. He is confronted with a Bible and a casket, and feels God tells him to choose one or the other. He chooses to dedicate his life to Christ and becomes a preacher.

Photo - 1935

1935

On January 1st, Lester Sumrall and Howard Carter begin traveling on what would become a year and a half long missions journey starting in Australia and New Zealand and heading through the Orient, the Tibetan Himalayas, Siberia and Nazi-controlled Europe before returning to England.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1937

1937

Lester Sumrall attends a Bible conference in Brazil and then travels through Mexico, Cuba, and Central/South America on missions work.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1940-1941

1940-1941

He goes to Alaska and hears of an evangelist by the name of Louise Layman for the first time.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1944

1944

Lester and Louise marry on September 30th and start a year-long mission trip through the West Indies, Central, and South America.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1947

1947

Lester takes his first pastorate in South Bend, Indiana.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1952

1952

Lester and Louise Sumrall move their family to the Philippines to start a church, Bethel Temple. It quickly becomes the largest Protestant church in the country, and still exists to this day, pastored by Lester’s great nephew, David Ernest Sumrall. The church is now called Cathedral of Praise, Manila.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1956

1956

Lester Sumrall feels God is calling him to move to Jerusalem for a short time. During their stay in Israel, the Sinai War takes place. The family returns home in 1957.

Photo - 1962

1962

 Lester Sumrall creates World Harvest Magazine to share the news and happenings of his ministry, LeSEA.

Photo - 1966

1966

Lester Sumrall produces and releases his second film, The Invisible Boy. This is the story of a Filipino boy who would disappear when following a demon that only he could see. Lester Sumrall also prayed for his deliverance, and the boy was freed.

Photo - 1968

1968

WHME-FM, Harvest Radio, begins broadcasting in South Bend, Indiana. In that same year, the new Bethel Temple Church building is dedicated in South Bend, Indiana.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1972

1972

Lester Sumrall changes the name of Bethel Temple to Christian Center Church, which is its current name today.

Photo - 1976

1976

WHFT-TV is launched in Miami, Florida.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1983

1983

Studio and transmitter for WHME-FM are moved into a new building, allowing LeSEA to have 24-hour satellite broadcasting capability.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1985

1985

LeSEA Broadcasting purchases two more television stations – one in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and one in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Photo - 1988

1988

A fire completely destroys WHME-TV 46’s building in South Bend, Indiana. The station is able to recoup and get back on the air within seven hours of the fire.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1993

1993

After leading tour groups to Israel for more than twenty years, LeSEA officially establishes a full-service tour agency called LeSEA Tours for the purpose of organizing Christian tour groups to the Holy Land.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1994

1994

Making Healthy Choices is added to the LeSEA family to provide supporters with quality health products.

Photo - 1932

1932

 Lester Sumrall becomes officially ordained as a minister.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1936

1936

Upon returning from his mission work with Howard Carter, Lester Sumrall meets Smith Wigglesworth in Cardiff, Wales.

Photo - 1938

1938

Lester Sumrall publishes his first book Adventuring with Christ with Marshall, Morgan and Scott, a publishing company in England.

Photo - 1941

1941

Lester Sumrall travels throughout Latin America, preaching God’s Word.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1946

1946

Lester and Louise buy their first home in Springfield, Missouri.

Photo - 1950

1950

Lester and Louise’s second son, Stephen Sumrall, is born on June 27th.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1953

1953

Peter Sumrall, their last son, is born in the Philippines on October 17th.

Photo - 1957

1957

Lester Sumrall founds the Lester Sumrall Evangelistic Association, LeSEA, as well as his own publishing company, Sumrall Publishing, that will eventually publish his more than 130 books and syllabi.

Photo - 1965

1965

Lester Sumrall produces and releases his first movie, Bitten by Devils, the story of Clarita, a young prisoner in the Philippines who was bitten by devils in her jail cell. She was delivered by Lester Sumrall’s prayers.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1967

1967

Lester Sumrall opens Bethel Temple, what is now the current church in South Bend, Indiana.

Photo - 1970

1970

LeSEA Prayerline is established to provide 24-hour help for those in need of direction and encouragement through prayer.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1974

1974

Lester Sumrall establishes the World Harvest Minister’s Network in order to equip the next generation of pastors and provide them with resources.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1977

1977

WHME-TV started airing in South Bend, Indiana, and the LeSEA Broadcasting headquarters are moved from Indianapolis to South Bend.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1983

1983

Construction begins on a new building for Christian Center Church. Two years later in 1985, it is completed and the current Christian Center Church is opened and dedicated.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1987

1987

A second transmitter is purchased for World Harvest Radio covering Europe, Central and South America.

Photo - 1990

1990

Reconstruction of WHME TV-46 is completed and the new facility is dedicated.

Click for More Photos

Photo - 1994

1994

LeSEA Broadcasting purchases WHNO-TV 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Photo - 1996

1996

On April 28th, Lester Sumrall passes away at the age of 83 leaving his ministry to his sons and grandchildren.  “I am assured that this ministry will continue in the second generation, and I pray in the third as well, if Jesus tarries. We will experience success in our efforts to reach those million souls for Christ, if we continue to carry the same vision and consecration.”- Lester Sumrall

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