Few religious organisations place archives quite as centrally to their mission as John Carver Ministries, based in Maryland. Their website notes, ‘In order to go forward, you must remember from whence you came. The heritage (what is handed down from one generation to the next; inheritance) of the past is the seed that brings forth the harvest of the future. If there is going to be a harvest of souls in the future, then we must preserve the events of the past. That is why an archives is so important.’ http://www.faithoutreachinternational.org/archives/index.cfm.
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John Carver Jr’s personal testimony, ‘How Did God Use Me to Develop the Faith Outreach Archives?’ at http://www.johncarverministries.org/about/references/AboutUs.pdf recounts how God called him to seek out and rescue archives relating to previous pastors offering healing ministries, such as A.A. Allen,
‘Because so many ministers of the past failed to preserve their ministries, Faith Outreach Archives has become a record chamber to preserve the memory of our Christian heritage. In the interest of generations that will come after us, we are working to recall and store up the information that is an important witness of our past.
‘Proverbs 2:1-5 says, “My son if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thy heart to understanding; yea if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.” This scripture was the basis for my search for knowledge and has become the highlight of the Faith Outreach Archives.’