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Couple Who Lived Out The Sermon on The Mount Touched Thousands

Contact: Bob Waymire, 530-467-5373, www.shepherdsofthevalley.com

ETNA, Calif., Sept. 29 /Christian Newswire/ -- At a time when many are looking for authenticity and purpose, yet shying away from the Church, author Bob Waymire offers a hopeful new book.

"Shepherds of the Valley: How Love Looks in Shoe Leather" tells the inspiring story of Wendell and Marilyn Seward, whose authentic faith influenced thousands of lives around the world from a humble setting in a valley in the mountains of Northern California.

Whether in the home, the church, the school, or the community, the Sewards were known as champions for many whom society marginalized. For nearly 40 years, they taught in public schools, pastored churches, served separately as mayor, and took into their home more than 100 teenagers and adults, many recovering from addictions.

Pursuing a dream of world missions, the Sewards experienced deep disappointment before God fulfilled their dream in unexpected ways. Though they knew difficulty in their own home and family, through a willingness to serve others, the Sewards etched the love of God on countless hearts. 

"Shepherds of the Valley" details dozens of individuals, churches, and communities transformed by this unassuming couple living out the Sermon on the Mount in daily life. Their story is a proclamation that unconditional love, generosity, and hospitality do break down barriers, provide power to live, and transform lives.

Mike Yaconelli, founder of Youth Specialities, once said, "The Sewards have quietly ministered to thousands of people all over the world. Wherever Wendell and Marilyn go, they bring life, energy, hope, and healing." 

And Evangelist Luis Palau observes, "The Lord has used this couple to reach out to hundreds of people all over the western United States. To me their lives have always been a tremendous example of how God can use lives totally given to Him." 

About the Author:
A long-time personal friend of the Sewards, Bob Waymire founded Global Mapping International in 1983 and LIGHT International in 1991 to assist in the strategic and informational aspects of world missions. He has published several research- and strategy-related manuals; and co-authored, "Discovering Your City: Bringing Light to the Task of Community Transformation," (2000, LIGHT International).

Editor's Note: Wendell Seward passed away in December 2007, and Marilyn Seward actively continues the couple's diverse, love-based ministries.