Texas man braving the cold to send a message

By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Most people tried to spend as little time as possible out in the cold Thursday, but one Lubbock, Texas man stood outside for 12 hours. Johnny Landrum stands on a street corner from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day but Saturdays.

"I don't care what it is. If it's raining, snowing, sleeting. He is standing out here," said Steve Campos who works nearby.

In August 2008, Johnny Landrum felt a calling from God.

"He told me to start giving away the stuff that I had, and I started giving it away," said Landrum.

He quit his job at Bealle's department store, and began his new job, though it doesn't pay as well, of spreading a message.

"What I had left was some wood in my garage and he told me to write Jesus saves souls on it," said Landrum.

When he first started his crusade some of the people who work nearby thought Landrum was crazy.

"It's a little odd, but this guy gets more business than we do," said Campos.

Now, they admire his commitment.

"It's 20 degrees below, you know. The guys got dedication, and he's out here for a purpose. He's not crazy. He knows exactly what he's doing," Campos added.

As cars pass and drivers see his sign they honk and wave, and plenty of people stop to meet and have a chat with Johnny Landrum.

"I just brought him some soup and stuff. Give him a chance to take a little break," said Rick Edwards who stops to see Landrum a few times a week.

Landrum says since he started holding his sign God has provided food, water, even a place to live.

"He said Johnny, don't worry about provision. I'll take care of it. He said don't ask for money. Don't ask for food. Just hold the sign," said Landrum.

Landrum says in the past 16 months he's learned a lot on the corner of 66th and University about trust, obedience, and what's really important.

"Don't store your treasures on Earth. I didn't understand that, but now I understand the more people that I treasure, they're going to be treasures that are sent to heaven through the Lord. That's my treasure. People," said Landrum.

Those who have gotten to know Landrum have learned plenty too.

"He reminds me that there is somebody that cares that will go out of their way and it just makes me feel good to see him out there," said Edwards.

"All of the above. Hope, love, peace. He's always smiling," added Campos.

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