SUTHERLIN — Early in his career, Pastor Billy Sanders could count on one hand the number of people hearing his sermons. Four decades later, Sanders preaches to hundreds on a typical Sunday and can look back and smile at the memory of a long-ago service attended by two elderly women and their two grandchildren. He was a young man then and he and his wife, Helen, had come to Sutherlin in 1973 for an internship. They never left. “After 18 months, we had such a love for the people and the community, we decided to stay,” Sanders said. In July, …
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