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Dr. Michael Guido addresses Kiwanis Club Thursday

    For the past 50 years, his rich, soothing voice has offered inspiration - and often, salvation - to people all over the world.  Dr. Michael Guido's "Seeds from the Sower" are broadcast and published worldwide to over 200 million people, and it all originates from the peaceful and beautiful Guido Gardens and Evangelistic Studios in the heart of Metter.
    At age 92, Guido still has it going on. Still strong of voice, he continues to sow his seeds of wisdom and spirituality, his conviction evident.
    Guido spoke Thursday at the Statesboro Kiwanis Club meeting, where several area pastors were guests. Along with a spiritual message delivered with his famous wit, he included an invitation for everyone to visit Metter for a celebration of his 50th anniversary Saturday and continuing today.
    Sprinkled with jokes, Guido delivered a strong message about trusting God and putting forth effort into succeeding in life.
    After a string of anecdotes, "Seeds from the Sower" style, he spoke about "a dream ... a beam ... a gleam and steam."
    "You must have a dream," he said. But, "after the dream, wake up. After the dream, you must have a beam."
     A beam "supports the structure .. upon which you build the edifice," he said. And what can you find a better beam that the Lord? All that I need, He will always be. Jesus is all I need.
    He spoke of how he and his wife Audrey "had a dream, and we turned to the beam."
    "We started our broadcast by using a phone booth," Guido said. "Today we have one of the best studios in America, and one of the greatest radio programs in the world."
    The next step is enthusiasm, he said. "After the beam, you should have a gleam."
    True to Guido's style, he threw in another joke - this time, about a customer who walked into a restaurant and asked about the daily special, "Enthusiasm Stew."
    The waitress explained she did not know what  the ingredients were, but that the cook had "put everything he had into it."
    The last part of the equation is effort, he said. "For success, you need steam.
    "We should put everything we have into our work and worship," he said. "I', 92 years old. I try to do more today than I did yesterday."
    That could be a tall order, as Guido still does four daily radio broadcasts, a television broadcast and writes a daily anecdote.
    Saturday, the Guido family enjoyed a community celebration, his way of thanking those who have supported his ministry. Today, Gov. Sonny Perdue is among a selection of guests who will gather for an afternoon of praise and worship at 3 p.m.  
      Performers will include The Encouragers, the LeFevre Quartet, Archie Jordan and Chris and Cindy Hess.  Along with Perdue, speakers will include local television celebrity Sonny Dixon and Mayor Billy Trapnell, along with other supporters of the ministry.
    Guido, will give the afternoon’s sermon before the installation of his younger brother and successor to the ministry, Dr. Larry Guido.
     Refreshments will be served following Sunday’s service.
    In spite of the focus of the celebration, Guido still finds it difficult to realize he has spent 50 years in his ministry.
    "It seems so unreal," he said Thursday, speaking after the Kiwanis meeting. "It doesn't seem possible it has been this long. It seems like it all started yesterday, and it gets better with every day. It is so exciting."

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