METTER, GA (WTOC) - Christmas lights once again fill the famous Guido Gardens. The long time tradition continues two years after the death of the ministry's founder, Reverend Michael Guido, and continues with his brother.
"It all began when Michael took a trip to Nashville and saw how beautiful lights could make a garden," explained Dr. Larry Guido, president of the Guido Evangelistic Association.
This year, 1.25 million lights illuminate the 2 acre garden at the long time headquarters for the minister known as " The Sower". The lights came on Sunday night as the ministry also opened a permanent memorial museum for Michael and Audrey Guido.
"We think it's important for people to know where we are, where we came from and where we want to go," Larry noted.
Their ministry started with Michael as a traveling preacher and Miss Audrey as his opening act, using illusions to reach children. When a car accident forced them to retire from traveling, they opened their Metter studio and reached the world from there. They pioneered the use of radio, print, and later, television and eventually the internet. Any of those media, let alone all of them, were groundbreaking methods for a preacher at that time.
"Jesus was unpredictable and used many ways to present the message," Dr. Guido said. "There's a verse in The Bible that says by all means, save some and this (the lights) is one of the means we use."