LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man is using a tin disc, 12 cuts and 7 bends to spread his Angel Ministry throughout East Texas.
Reverend Max Reynolds grew up in Lufkin, graduated from Lufkin High School in 1957 and this past May moved back to Deep East Texas with a bag full of angels.
"The first angel I'd ever seen was made out of a coffee can lid and so that fascinated me," said Reynolds. "I said I think I'm going to buy that and they sold it for 50 cents so I took it home and flattened it out and saw how they cut it and I said well I can make t hat out of any kind of round disc."
And that's how Reynolds' Angel Ministry began.
"Some people crochet or needle point but I make angels," said Reynolds. "It's nothing to them really, you start with a little round disc and cut it 12 times and then bend it 7 times and it makes an angel."
Reynolds gets the discs from the lumber yard in 50 lbs boxes. Each box can make 3,000 angels and with close to 90,000 angels under his belt over 18 years, you can call Reynolds an angel expert.
"When I'm showing off I can make one in 45 seconds or less," Reynolds.
He says his Angel Ministry spread on it's own and now his angels have homes all over the world.
"I enjoy making them and giving them away. It gives me a good feeling to know that something as insignificant as a little round tin disc can become and an angel and make so much meaning for somebody once they get it," said Reynolds.
Reynolds carries a sack full of angels everywhere he goes and takes every opportunity to hand them out or ship them to soldiers.
"A soldier was telling me on a [postcard] that they didn't have a Christmas tree that year but they found a little bush out in the desert and all of them that had angels put them on the tree with paper clips and that was their Christmas tree. Others had told me that they flattened the angels out and carry them in their pockets out on patrol which made me really feel good to know that they even wanted them but anything from home is really important to them," said Reynolds.
"I carry them with me everywhere I go," said Reynolds. "[I give them to] clerks at the checkout counter or the waitresses at the restaurant, give them an angel and they always smile and sometimes they'll give you a hug, so I never refuse a hug."
Reynolds says he's never had anybody refuse an angel when he's offered to give it to them.
"I think it's a universal thing and it helps me in my ministry, sometimes it gives me an opportunity to talk to them about Christ and their religion. I don't try to push anybody into becoming an Episcopalian but we're all just promoting Christ in our own way and this is a small way that I can do that," said Reynolds.
Reynolds says all he hopes of those who receive his angels is that they remember that they're a child of God and that everyone has a guardian angel.