Only a few friends had gone to hear the weekly sermon of the Rev. Carol Daniels on the day she died, but the story of the slain pastor from Oklahoma City now is being carried around the globe, a church leader said at her funeral Monday. "I thought about her ministry,” Bishop R.L Swain Sr. said during the service. "It soared like an eagle at her death, all over the world. God always has a way to make something good come out of something bad.” Nearly 1,000 people began filing into the Greater New Zion Baptist Church in Oklahoma City more than an hour before the service for the 61-year-old pastor. They were greeted by the sounds of Southern gospel coming from speakers atop a projection screen that read "Celebrating the Home Going of Pastor Carol Daniels.” Family and fellow clergy said it was a fitting tribute to a woman who died doing what she was called to do, what she loved. She was killed Sunday morning at the Worthy Temple Christ Holy Sanctified Church in Anadarko. "Carol valued her ministry at Worthy Temple,” Overseer Ezra Randle said of the woman who never complained about the hour commute to her church, even when gasoline topped $4 a gallon. "It was not a sacrifice. She enjoyed it.”
Finding forgivenessRandle said last week that Daniels drove to the church every Sunday just in case someone showed up. If no one did, he said, she would hold Sunday school and preach a sermon anyway. Daniels’ brother, Ivan Henderson, flew in from China for the funeral. He asked those who came to honor his sister’s work to do as she intended to do when she went to her church for the last time on Aug. 23 — to pray. "Pray that we are all able to forgive the individual who did this,” the brother urged. "Pray that God will give favor to the police and the crime investigators to find out who did this. And pray to bind this enemy that he may never be able to do this again.” Henderson said his sister’s life was all about love and forgiveness. He said his family already has forgiven the person who took the life of his sister. Henderson asked the congregation to join him in asking for divine intervention to bring the one responsible to justice, adding that while the killer may have taken steps to conceal his or her identity, there is a greater power that cannot be deceived. "Whoever did this, we’ll find them, in Jesus name,” the brother said.
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