I grew up with a religious background, and at first we thought that Douglas Taylor was a cult. But through Doug’s prayers, his witnessing, and his love, I came to know Christ in January of 1965. The Word of God had come through loud and clear as never before. God got a hold of my life and changed it.
I was the only teenager on my reserve living for Christ and I stuck out like a sore thumb. Out of the 15 young people that came to our youth group I was the only one that accepted Christ that year. What I remember most, though, is how Doug discipled me and how he gradually taught me about leadership.
He taught me how to be a song leader when I didn’t even know any of the songs. He taught me how to teach Sunday school and how to preach. I can remember standing up behind the pulpit and getting stuck half-way through my sermon. But Doug would tell me to keep going — he was preparing me to be a pastor.
I attended Mokahum Bible Institute (Christian & Missionary Alliance school, Cass lake, Minnesota) from 1968 to 1972, where I met my wife, Karen. Upon returning home I had a lump in my throat, knowing that Doug would soon be leaving.
I remember asking him, “Doug, why don’t you stay for one more year, so that I can depend on you?” He said, “James, the Lord is calling me out. I’m going to have to go.”
When he left, I got on my knees, a 24 year-old pastor, and said, “Lord, I’m going to have to depend on You.”
I didn’t know too much but I went on with the work. There were times when I walked down the road and cried to the Lord, asking Him, “When will my people wake up?” I saw that they were lost, and I saw their destruction without Christ.
Through the ministry at Moose Factory in the following years we saw many of our people come to know Christ. One of the things that Doug taught me before he left was to preach the Word of God, and to leave the results to the Holy Spirit. We set a goal that we would preach and teach the Word so that the people would be rooted and grounded. As a result, when other movements came in, the people were not swayed because the Word of God was our discerner of error.
During my 10 years as pastor there we organized our church, began governing our own affairs, and became self-supporting. What a marvelous blessing to see what God could do through His people!