7-year-old called to spread God’s message

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Like any other 7-year-old boy, Samuel Boutwell likes to playsoccer and football and enjoys spending time with his brother andhis dogs.

But Samuel is not altogether like any other 7 year old. He is asmall boy with a big calling. He has been a preacher for the lastfour years.

“Ever since I got saved,” he said.

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To talk to him, most people would wonder out loud at howwell-spoken and mature Samuel is. His grasp of life and the mediathat has become so fascinated with him comes across almost asstrong and certain as his love for his five dogs and his respectfor his parents.

ABC News show “20/20” will be in Brookhaven on Sunday to filmthe boy preaching at the public area in front of Wal-Mart acrossfrom Dairy Queen, as he does every other week. They will alsoaccompany him to the youth service put on every fifth Sunday atCharity Baptist Church on Bethel Road.

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