In 1992, James Mullins said he received a prophesy from God, but chose not to listen.
“I was (told) to teach and train the younger generation,” he said. “(At that time) I didn’t know what it meant.”
And after his search for truth and meaning took him through drugs, alcohol and smoking, he turned his life to Jesus.
“Now, I finally understand what it meant,” Mullins said. “I am teaching the younger generation in the Lord. Now I am doing what I prophesied to do.”
Mullins’ journey has taken him to the doors of Living Water Church, where he serves as pastor.
It is an intimate setting when you first walk into it.
“This is our fourth year, we have seven to eight members.” Mullins said.
But don’t let the numbers fool you.
There’s spiritual growth happening at the church and Mullins is looking for others to get involved.
The church recently relocated to 223 E. Atwood St., Galion after being in North Robinson for several years.
“We started services at our house in 2011 with a few people and family,” Mullins said. “Then rented a church in North Robinson for a couple of years. They just sold (the building) and we couldn’t buy it. So we found this place, rented it and moved here.”
The new location of the church is in the back half of the HH Management building across from the feed mill on Atwood Street, in what used to be the old Fire Extinguisher building.
“It’s small, but it’s a start.” Mullins sighed, looking around and smiled. “I go by what the Bible says. Despise not the days of small beginnings. (It’s found) in the Old Testament. We go by leading of the Lord.”
Since Mullins grew up running the streets, he knows what it is like to be on them.
“I drank alcohol, I did drugs and the Lord brought me out of it,” Mullins said. “In 1998 was the last time I drank and in 1999 was the last time I smoked. For me, the drugs and alcohol was easier to quit then smoking.”
“Look at me, I have tattoos all over me,” Mullins says, “I have been on the street. I am down to earth, I know where I have been. Now I teach the word of God.”
Mullins is bi-vocational. During the week he drives trucks, but on Sundays, he is looking to drive those in need into the arms of God.
The pastor knows no one is perfect.
“We are going through this life, we all have battles,” he said. “We strive to be perfect and show our love of God.”
Mullins’ prophesy has come true.
“I was given a prophesy in 1992, I was going to teach and train the younger generation. I didn’t know what it meant then.” Mullins said, “Now, I finally understand what it meant. I am teaching the younger generation in the Lord. Now I am doing what I prophesied to do.”
Mullins said he is more of a teacher.
“This Sunday is our third Sunday here,” Mullins said. “I am teaching (this week) from Revelation 17:1. I have been teaching this book for the last 17 weeks. I break it down, I want people to understand about its background. If I don’t teach it, what good does it do if they don’t understand it.”