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Christian speaker combined faith with career

| Thursday, April 10, 2003

Roy LeTourneau of Rowlett, Texas, came close to bankruptcy a couple of times, once because of a faltering economy and another time, he said, "it was my own lack of understanding."

Prayer and faith pulled him through.

On Holy Thursday and Good Friday, LeTourneau will share the stories of his career and spiritual journey at the annual banquet and prayer breakfast sponsored by the Greensburg and Latrobe Christian Business Men's Committee and the Greensburg Kiwanis.

The events feature speakers whose business practices and personal lives are based on CBMC principles. This year's guest is a son of the late R.G. LeTourneau, who was the founder of CBMC International, and of R.G. LeTourneau Inc.

"He was an internationally known industrialist and one of the world's leading inventors and prolific holders of patents," LeTourneau said. "He comes right behind Thomas Edison."

R.G. LeTourneau was the pioneer developer of earth-moving, log-handling and offshore drilling equipment. The company manufactured more than 75 percent of the earth-moving equipment used by the Allies during World War II, as well as numerous other heavy machines for the military.

LeTourneau went to Peru to head a project for his father. In addition to building roads and developing land on the headwaters of the Amazon River, he helped found a mission that continues as LeTourneau Ministries International.

LeTourneau pursued several other businesses after R.G. LeTourneau Inc., was sold in 1970. He is a longtime member of CBMC where he served one term on the national board and was on the international board for 16 years, half of it as chairman.

"I learned my faith from my parents, from my church, from summer camps and from going to a Christian High School," he said. "I'll be talking about how faith pulled me through the ups and downs of my life, through health problems and several other areas."

His message this season is about finding peace.

"You can find it regardless of the circumstances, in spite of what's going on around you," he said.

Additional Information:

Details

The CBMC banquet is at 7 p.m. April 17, and the Good Friday Family Prayer Breakfast is at 7 a.m. April 18 at Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, east of Greensburg.

LeTourneau also will be at the noon luncheon April 17 at the Engineers Club in Pittsburgh, sponsored by the Downtown Pittsburgh CBMC. For information, contact 724-219-0800.

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