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The Daily Tar HeelThursday, August 21, 198611 A
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By ELLEN RANSON
Special to the DTH
1 preach (at UNC) because Jesus
said, Go into all the world and
preach the Gospel,'(Mark 16:15) and
Chapel Hill is in the world," a local
Michael E. Evans, 29, pastor of
United Christian Fellowship on the
UNC campus, is a pit preacher, an
evangelist who preaches in the plaza
area in front of the student store.
Evans said his main message to
students is "You need to be saved,
you can save yourself. Jesus pro
vided for your salvation, and you can
be saved today."
Evans said that he never plans
anything he says in the Pit. And if
he could only say one thing to a
student, he said he would not
mention Jesus name. Evans would
ask him, "If you died today, where
would you spend the rest of
Students should choose Christian
ity over other religions and cults, he
said, because the others do not have
a plan for salvation.
Evans said that "the Lord" chose
UNC for his preaching. He preaches
in the Pit because, "It's the best place
to be," he said. "People congregate
there. People expect something to be
Preaching in the Pit actually is
becoming more of a teaching situa
tion," he said. "1 generally don't see
as much adversity now. The ones
who don't like it get up and leave."
He said that it is getting to the
point where he sees the same faces
coming back each day, and they are
not all Christian. The vast majority,
he said, are not Christians. He said
that he knows of some professed
Jews who listen to him.
"They listen, and that's all I'm
interested in," he said.
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Evangelist preachers give fiery lectures that lure large crowds to the Pit
Evans said that he had to use a
different approach at UNC than he
would elsewhere because the intel
lectuals question him.
"You have to show yourself
knowledgeable about what you're
talking about," he said. "You have
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been running up," Poole said. "They
figure, 4Hey, as long as we don't have
to pay these bills . . .' "
Instead of mudslinging, Poole said
the campaign workers developed a
campaign of image and character.
"We've made a conscious effort to
let the people of North Carolina see
him for what he is."
UNC political science professor
Thad Beyle said he feels Sanford's
statewide organizational plan is a
key difference. "It's a very significant
step," Beyle said. "It shows the
contrast in the two candidacies."
While Broyhill is running a cam
paign similar to what Tar Heel voters ;
have seen in recent years, Beyle said
Sanford has resurrected a style of
campaigning that makes Democrats
Beyle said Jim Hunt's political
machine may have alienated some
voters who felt the campaign was
designed to benefit Hunt more than
The Congressional Club, Jesse
Helms' powerful political arm,
figured heavily in the 1984 battle, but
the group is not directly involved
with Broyhill, Haynes said.
"They are not taking an active part
in our campaign because Jim Broy
hill runs his own campaign," he said.
But on Monday, Broyhill began
running the first negative ads of the
race in the form of 60-second radio
commercials calling Sanford an
"old-time liberal." The ads will run
-for about three weeks, Haynes told
The Raleigh News and Observer.
Poole said young voters would not
appreciate Congressional Club tac
tics. "I just feel that type of campaign
would totally turn off first- or
second-time voters. The most impor
tant quality is the character of the
This is Broyhill's 24th year in
Washington, D.C., and Haynes said
that experience is the advantage he
has over Sanford.
"Senator Broyhill has learned the
fastest way to get things done for
North Carolina, things you can't
learn overnight," Haynes said.
"There will be no on-the-job training
with Jim Broyhill in D.C."
With Sanford being a past North
Carolina governor and the former
president of Duke University, both
men have solid political back
grounds in the Tar Heel state.
The key is which candidate can
turn his experience into a political
boost, Beyle said. "Both have had
careers that have been productive for
North Carolina in their own way,"
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an advisory committee.
"The decision was made with the
support of the student leaders and
advisory board of the Campus Y,"
Gamble, who has been on vaca
tion, will return to campus Aug. 25.
Efforts to reach Gamble Tuesday
and Wednesday were unsuccessful.
Boulton said Gamble "will finish
up some things he was doing" when
he returns to campus next week. "We
had done things that needed to be
done relative to the future of the
Campus Y," he said, adding that
Gamble will be finishing reports
concerning the organization.
Hatcher-Wilson said two graduate
students will be selected to replace
Gamble during the 1986-87 school
year. She said she had received about
10 applications for the position and
plans to choose the graduate stu
dents by Aug. 24.
"The Campus Y Advisory Board
will form a search committee and put
the process (to find a permanent
replacement) in motion," she said.
Hatcher-Wilson said she expects
a new associate director to be hired
by next fall.
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to explain certain things to them and
be able to answer their questions
more than at other places."
Evans said that the intellectual's
biggest problem is that he is "not
really sure about anything."
"What I'm saying requires that he
make some decisions," Evans said.
"His inward man wants to make that
decision, and his outward man does
not. That's why it troubles him."
He said that when poeple asked .
questions just to frustrate him, it did .
not bother him. "Some people ask .
questions that show that they
genuinely don't have any insight or
understanding concerning a relation
ship with God at all," he said.
"They're lost and it's frustrating how
lost they are."
Evans estimated that his ministry
saves an average of one person per
day on campus. In the fall, he said,
"I saw five people receive Jesus right
there in the Pit."
"We have a pretty strong follow
up program," he said. It includes
baptism by water and by the Holy
Spirit, encouragement to join a
church, a weekly feast for new
believers, and daily classes, he said.
He said that the people he has led
to Jesus have all responded to the
same message. "I follow Jesus
method," he said about his tech
nique. "I tell people the good news
and in order to tell them the good
news, I tell them where they are. . .
I always follow with, 'You don't have
to go (to hell).' "
He said that he had realized that
on this campus preaching is more
intolerable than bad manners. He
said that students do not mind if
someone belches in front of them, -but
they do not like it when someone
preaches in front of them.
Evans said he is not trying . to
promote religious understanding.
"I'm trying to promote Christianity
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